Welcome guide to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Discover Australia’s most welcoming town 2022
You will feel the welcome sign is out on the doorway to our region and it is not just our closest locations who are noticing. The little towns and hamlets are working together to showcase all there is on offer in one very diverse region creating a welcome book to the whole region!
The welcome is tangible in the spirit and the natural layers of community from the first Giday in the street to the support of our accommodation ambassadors.
Booking.com revealed the Most Welcoming towns in Australia for 2022 and it was Maleny 1st with Montville in 9th, Maleny also took out the title in 2021.
Located high in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Maleny is renowned for its lush surrounds, scenic spots and it’s arts scene. It also boasts sensational food, produce, and the most charming places to stay.
Montville has it’s Artisan Village Walk and breathtaking views to the whole coastline of the Sunshine Coast. Discover the village green, unique architecture and waterwheel as you stroll the high street in search of exclusive treasures.
You are also within 5 minutes of Lake Baroon, waterfalls and the rainforest hikes of the regions national parks. But also high on the list is the dining and cafe culture in Palmwoods and the charms of camping and donut challenges in Kenilworth, linking to the scenic drive onto the Eumundi Markets. The Mapleton Pub has a renowned chef in residence and a view to Mt Coolum to take in on your jaunt through the hills, with the Montville to Mapleton road one of the most beautiful drives to experience.
And while we are at it the Sunshine Coast is officially the Most Loved Destination in the World, we knew that love was in the hills being one of Australia’s favourite wedding destinations and Australia Zoo certainly is loved all around the world.
But there is something in the air, the people and the fabric of the Hinterland. They are real down to earth types, and you will notice that a lot of our tourism providers live and breathe the region, hence that love and connection to place shines through.
We can be a little fancy but not pretentious, elegant and charming – it would be way too unorthodox to be too Noosa even though we can be there in an hour to enjoy a little bistro and surf with the best of them and we are great neighbours.
We are certainly not Sydney but can be a little Melbourne for our arts, foodie cafes, boutique stores, coffee, cheese and brunch but with a little more bucolic countryside, relaxed vibes and sunshine. Think Country Style crossed with Vogue Living and Gardening Australia and you have a stylish location that you can slip right into undetected should you need to refresh the soul.
Add in 3 UNESCO Biosphere reserves nestled in nature just down the road, from the Sunshine Coast to Noosa and the Great Sandy Biosphere. Then you know there is really something special going on in this part of the world!
We are the closest Hinterland to ocean on the whole southeastern seaboard so it is actually an idyllic location to base oneself for real relaxation and a dash of adventure.
You can be at the beach at sunrise and on a mountain top gazing at sunset amongst the 13 unique dreamtime peaks of the glasshouse mountains.
Let us welcome you to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland from a passionate bunch of volunteers and tourism operators who believe that together everything becomes more amazing and it is!