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Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

1. Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

Depart Brisbane and journey past small villages and farms as you venture into the mountains of the Blackall Range. Get stunning views of the coastline of Queensland and stop at Mary Cairnscross Scenic Reserve for panoramic vistas of the majestic Glass House Mountains from the lookout. Continue past Gerrard's Lookout and marvel at the views of Coolum, Maroochydore, Caloundra, and Bribie Island along the coast. Arrive at Montville and get some free time to explore the quaint mountain village before going to Eumundi Markets to experience Australia’s premier artisan outlet for art and food. You can purchase lunch at Eumundi Markets before visiting the pristine beaches of Noosa Heads, where the rich and famous come to unwind by the sea. Return to Brisbane with a short comfort stop at the Ginger Factory at Yandina, where you can try their delicious ginger ice cream.

Sunshine Coast & Noosa Scenic Food & Wine Tour with Tastings

2. Sunshine Coast & Noosa Scenic Food & Wine Tour with Tastings

Embark on a transformative journey through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where extraordinary landscapes meet culinary delights, promising a day of awe-inspiring experiences, from award-winning cheese tastings in Maleny to the symphony of wine-tasting notes at The Barrel @ Clouds Vineyard, all led by exceptional guides in a 5-star-rated immersive adventure that transcends the ordinary. This Scenic Day Tour is available every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. For those seeking an escape from the ordinary, this tour is a ticket to a day filled with awe-inspiring landscapes and culinary marvels. Travellers are transported to a world where rolling hills meet the sky, and the air is filled with the sweet aroma of artisanal creations in the dairy region of Maleny. Imagine the experience: Sampling award-winning cheeses at Maleny Food Co or Maleny Cheese Factory, immersing oneself in the irresistible allure of Maleny Chocolate Co, and curating a delightful Chocolate Sample pack. As the journey unfolds, the majestic Glass House Mountains emerge on the horizon, standing as sentinels to a world waiting to be explored. The adventure continues with a visit to The Barrel @ Clouds Vineyard or Flamehill Vineyard, offering a symphony of wine-tasting notes and a satisfying lakeside lunch at Secrets on the Lake. Montville, the charming hinterland village, invites travellers to stroll through its quaint streets, discovering handcrafted treasures and breathing in the invigorating mountain air. Scenic lookouts at Gerrard's and Mapleton Falls elevate the journey, providing breathtaking views that linger in the memory. A group lunch at Montville Village becomes a shared moment of stories and laughter, while door-to-door pick-ups ensure convenience. A 2-course gourmet lakeside lunch at Secrets on the Lake, a flight of wine tasting, and hand-selected chocolates to take home are not just extras; they are the crescendo of an exceptional day. Led by exceptional local guides, and rated 5 stars by previous guests, this tour is an immersive experience crafted for those who seek the extraordinary. Travellers can escape the ordinary; booking now promises a day etched in memory as a symphony of flavours, landscapes, and unparalleled moments.

From Brisbane: Day Trip to Noosa, Glass House Mtns and Zoo

3. From Brisbane: Day Trip to Noosa, Glass House Mtns and Zoo

Small group tour usually around 7 people. Prepare yourself for an extraordinary day trip that will take you through the very best of the Sunshine Coast. From the majestic Glass House Mountains to the vibrant Noosa Beach, this whirlwind adventure promises a taste of the region's most enchanting destinations. So buckle up and get ready to explore these remarkable highlights, all in just one day. Kick off your day with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Glass House Mountains, where you'll witness breathtaking views of these ancient volcanic peaks. Drive through the iconic village of Maleny and Montville where you’ll experience both how the locals live and a visual taste of European influences. Experience the engaging Wildlife HQ with a brief but unforgettable encounter with its fascinating residents. Snap a selfie with a koala, feed a kangaroo, or simply observe the exotic animals as you make your way through the zoo. This is one experience you won't want to miss. Feel the sun on your skin as you arrive at Noosa Beach, the perfect spot for a refreshing dip or a leisurely stroll along the shoreline. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere and enjoy the golden sands before venturing into the nearby Noosa National Park. Indulge in a quick visit to Nutworks, where you can sample a delectable array of nuts and chocolates. Treat your taste buds and learn a fun fact or two about nut production before continuing on to the final stop of your day trip. End your day with a visit to the famous Ginger Factory. Take a brief tour of the facility, savour a scrumptious ginger treat, and experience the lively atmosphere of this unique destination.

Noosa: Maleny & Montville Tour with Lunch & Wine Tasting

4. Noosa: Maleny & Montville Tour with Lunch & Wine Tasting

Our all-inclusive luxury Maleny and Montville Tour is delightful day out in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where you’ll feel like you’re riding on a cloud as you look out at the panoramic views from mountain top all day long. By the days end you will have looked out at the entire Sunshine Coast coastline from Noosa to Caloundra, around to the Glass House Mountains, and on a clear day, Moreton Island. This tour has it all, from an old-growth rainforest walk, sightseeing and scenic ridgeline drives to novelty shops and the indulgence of the local produce, including lunch with a drink, chocolate tasting and wine tasting with ocean views. You will start the day with a nice country drive to our first stop where you will enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee alongside the picturesque view atop Mapleton Falls. A lovely ridgeline drive atop the Blackall Range will then land us in Montville Artisan Village, the prettiest and most unique little village on the hinterland. You will begin your Montville experience by indulging in some of the finest artisan Belgian chocolates in the region with a chocolate tasting included at Montville's favourite chocolate factory. You will have over an hour to explore the wonderful Montville Artisan Village and its many novelty shops, galleries and artisan delights. We will then go to a charming hinterland cottage cafe for your included lunch and drink. Attached to this cafe is shop filled with local produce, art and crafts. Next, a ridgeline drive will take us to a panoramic lookout with views of the entire Sunshine Coast coastline, from Noosa to Caloundra and as far as Moreton Island on a clear day. We then journey further along the ridgeline to the Maleny region where we will take you on a guided nature walk through a mesmerising remnant old-growth rainforest with giant native trees, many singing birds, pademelons (wallabies) and more. This walk is 1.2km and relatively flat. For those who don't feel comfortable doing this walk, you can joyfully spend your time at the entrance, where there is a discovery centre and cafe with views of the Glass House Mountains. Following our nature walk we take a short drive to another panoramic lookout where you will experience one of the most stunning and photographed views in Australia, with unimpeded views of the picturesque Glass House Mountains. A drive through the Maleny village and back along the ridgeline will get us to our last stop, where you can reflect on this amazing day as you participate in a mountain top wine tasting with ocean views at the local’s favourite winery and vineyard. You can now recline your seats and enjoy the journey back down the mountain in comfort, and we will have you back to your accommodation no later than approximately 5:30pm, in time for sunset and dinner.

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World

5. Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World

Enjoy a day out that you will truly love with a Day Pass to Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World. Explore the lush and expansive gardens and come and meet our colourful family of birds. You can have your picture taken with our many friendly birds, and be able learn about our over 700 exotic and Australian varieties of birds throughout our four aviary's. Our Bird World is home to a variety of vibrant birds from over 60 countries and you will be delighted by our friendly inhabitants who will often like to land on your head or shoulders. Enjoy a cuddle with our miniature farm animals petting zoo as part of your garden experience! Meet Alfie, the miniature micro donkey. We also have babydoll sheep, miniature goats, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Sunshine Coast: Maleny Magic Guided e-Bike Tour

6. Sunshine Coast: Maleny Magic Guided e-Bike Tour

Maleny Magic e-Bike Tour - Discover the Beauty of Maleny Embark on a captivating e-bike tour through the stunning countryside of Maleny. Experience the thrill of spotting platypi in their natural habitat, enjoy breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains, and learn about the ecology and geology of the area. A visit to Mary Cairncross Reserve for a coffee break adds to the adventure. Mary Cairncross Reserve, located in Maleny, Queensland, holds a rich history that spans over a century. The reserve is named after Mary Thynne, a prominent local figure who bequeathed her property to the local council in 1941. This generous act ensured the preservation of the land's natural beauty and established it as a sanctuary for native flora and fauna. Over the years, the reserve has evolved into a haven for conservation, education, and recreation. Today, visitors can explore the lush rainforest, walk along the boardwalks, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains. The history of Mary Cairncross Reserve is a testament to the enduring commitment to environmental preservation and serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting our natural heritage for future generations. This tour promises unforgettable moments and a deeper connection with the natural wonders of Maleny. Itinerary: - Start your tour at the Maleny Showgrounds and meet your knowledgeable guide. - Follow the scenic Obi Obi Creek pathway, keeping an eye out for elusive platypi along the way. - Arrive at the Platypus viewing platform and immerse yourself in the beauty of these unique creatures. - Continue your journey along Mountain View Rd, taking in the breathtaking vistas of the Glass House Mountains. - Take a well-deserved coffee break at Mountain View Café in Mary Cairncross Reserve, surrounded by tranquil nature. - Learn about the fascinating ecology and geology of the Maleny area from your guide. - Return to the starting point at Maleny Showgrounds, filled with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the natural wonders of Maleny. End of the Tour: At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the Maleny Showgrounds, where you can continue exploring the charming town of Maleny or make your way back to your accommodation. This tour offers a perfect blend of adventure, nature, and relaxation, leaving you with cherished memories of your time in Maleny. Note: This tour is suitable for participants with moderate fitness levels. Basic biking skills are required.

Sunshine Coast and Noosa Private Wine, Beer & Whisky Tour

7. Sunshine Coast and Noosa Private Wine, Beer & Whisky Tour

Begin your adventure in the morning from your chosen pickup point. As our expert driver navigates the scenic route through the Blackall Range, relax and marvel at the lush landscapes, quaint towns, and breathtaking lookouts. The journey to and from our destinations is as enchanting as the stops themselves. The Barrel at Clouds Vineyard - A Wine Lover's Dream Our first destination, Clouds Vineyard at Bald Knob, offers a feast for the eyes and the palate. In 'The Barrel', a unique barrel-shaped tasting room, you're invited to sample some of Australia's finest wines and craft beers. King Ludwig’s German Restaurant - Bavarian Bliss for Lunch After indulging in the flavors of Clouds, we head to King Ludwig’s German Restaurant & Bar in Maleny. Prepare for an authentic Bavarian culinary experience, complete with stunning views of the Glass Mountains. Delight in traditional German dishes paired with an extensive selection of German beers like DAB Dortmund or Altenmünster Marktoberdorf. Vegetarian and vegan options are plentiful too, ensuring everyone enjoys a hearty meal. Optional: Brouhaha Brewery - Craft Beer Haven Alternatively, join us at Brouhaha Brewery in Maleny, renowned for its craft beers and fresh, locally sourced menu. Here, the spirit of Maleny is captured in every sip and bite, offering a relaxed and community-focused dining experience. Rick’s Garage - Retro Whisky Bar Adventure Post-lunch, we ease into the afternoon with a visit to Rick’s Garage at Palmwoods. This iconic spot is a nostalgic trip to the 50s, boasting vintage cars, rockabilly memorabilia, and a classic diner vibe. The highlight? An extraordinary whisky bar upstairs, open on weekends, featuring over 70 varieties and house-infused whiskies aging in oak barrels. Wild Card Brewery Stop - A Perfect Finale To cap off the day, we'll whisk you away in comfort to a surprise brewery. Here, you'll enjoy a beer-tasting paddle, the perfect conclusion to your wine, beer, and whisky trail experience. Book for a day of exquisite tastes, breathtaking views, and unforgettable memories!

Ginger Factory, Nutworks, Noosaville Lunch Half-Day Tour

8. Ginger Factory, Nutworks, Noosaville Lunch Half-Day Tour

Embark on an enchanting half-day culinary and scenic journey with our Sunshine Coast Bites & Delights adventure. This meticulously crafted tour is tailor-made for food aficionados and nature enthusiasts, ensuring an unforgettable exploration of the vibrant Sunshine Coast and Noosa. Commence your expedition at the renowned Ginger Factory, where the alluring scent of freshly brewed coffee and warm scones beckons you inside. Following a delightful morning tea, delve into the heart of the Sunshine Coast, unraveling the mysteries of ginger production through The Factory Tour and Tasting. Alternatively, ride aboard the historic 116-year-old retired ginger train, Moreton, or opt for the family-friendly Overboard Boat ride. Our next destination is Nutworks in Yandina, where you'll be treated to a sensory delight, savoring an array of nuts with diverse flavors and textures. Continue your journey to Noosaville, where Mr. Jones and Me awaits with a tantalizing 2-course lunch, showcasing the finest local ingredients in a charming setting. Conclude your day at the Noosa Chocolate Factory, where you can handpick a variety of chocolates to take home as a delectable keepsake. This half-day tour is carefully curated for those compiling their Sunshine Coast and Noosa bucket lists, inviting you to discover the culinary treasures of the region while immersing yourself in its natural beauty. Don't miss out on this exceptional experience—book your Sunshine Coast Bites & Delights adventure now and treat your senses to a symphony of flavors on one of the most memorable day trips in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast!

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Cheese, Wine, Food Tour

9. Sunshine Coast Hinterland Cheese, Wine, Food Tour

The first stop is at the beautiful Flame Hill Vineyard to enjoy a private wine tasting with a platter of local cheeses, while you take in the spectacular views of the estate and the coastline. A quick stop at Maleny Cheese Factory, where you can purchase a range of local cheeses made exclusively from local milk suppliers, before heading to Brouhaha Brewery & Restaurant in Maleny for lunch. The last stop of the day at Clouds Vineyard at the Barrel for your choice of a flight of wine or paddle of beer. Full itinerary We take in some beautiful scenery as we make our way up the range to our first stop at Flame Hill Vineyard, which is situated in the cooler climate region on the Blackall Range in Montville. Enjoy a private wine tasting with a platter of local cheeses while you take in the spectacular views of the estate and the coastline. The next stop is the Maleny Cheese Factory, where you can purchase a range of local cheeses made exclusively from local milk suppliers, along with a range of other tasty local produce from the region. We then take in the beautiful views of the Sunshine Coast and Glass House Mountains as we drive across the range to our lunch destination in Maleny. At Brouhaha Brewery & Restaurant you will enjoy a delicious two-course lunch with a glass of wine or beer, and relax in their beautiful restaurant. The final stop of the day is at the iconic Big Barrel which is home to the Clouds Vineyard cellar door where you have the choice of a tasting flight of wine or paddle of beer to enjoy. We then make a slow journey back down the range to the coastline to drop you back from an amazing day out with Creative Tours!

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What people are saying about Maleny

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4.5 / 5

based on 65 reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip - and so lucky with the weather that afforded a great view of the glass house mountains and time on the beach. This was a “taster” trip of destinations included and while some travellers like more time with at certain spots, I found it great just to experience the stop offs (average an hour each except Noosa beach - a couple of hours over lunch and the ginger factory 30 odd minutes). Bruce really gave us a great commentary on places visited. Spot on with the meeting up point too and a comfortable touring mini bus. Thanks for a great day out!

The e-bike tour with Stewart was amazing! It was our first time on E bikes, and we loved it! Stewart was very patient teaching us how to use the bikes and the countryside was gorgeous! Definitely do this if you get the opportunity. Do it!

Our driver was great, weather was not fantastic but still found plenty to do at each stop. Tour was a good taster of what is on offer north of Brisbane.

We had a great day with Joel he was very knowledgeable about the area highly recommend his tours

Excellent ride. Learnt lots of interesting facts from Stuart. Highly recommend.