Sunshine Coast Hinterland Highlights Tour: Discover Maleny and Montville

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Sunshine Coast Hinterland Your Way: Maleny and Montville 

Coast to Hinterland is totally flexible to how you experience the delights of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. If you are looking for a premium all-inclusive tour we would point you in the direction of our Scenic Food and Wine Experience,

If you are looking to experience the Hinterland at your pace and with the time and freedom to see what really interests you, then our new Hinterland Your Way experience is the tour for you
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✅ Embark on a full-day tour: Uncover the enchanting Sunshine Coast Hinterland

✅ Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve & Glass House Mountains: Experience the dual wonders of stunning mountain views and a tranquil rainforest, offering a deep connection with nature’s majesty.

✅ Maleny and Montville Artisan Charm: Delve into Maleny and Montville, towns rich in arts and crafts, offering a unique opportunity to explore and engage with the local culture independently.

✅ Gerrard’s and Mapleton Falls Lookout Panoramic Views: From Gerrard’s Lookout, take in the expansive beauty of the Sunshine Coast, a moment to truly appreciate the region’s scenic splendour.

✅ Flexibility & Personal Exploration: Enjoy the freedom to explore, whether it’s choosing to join the group for an optional lunch or discovering Montville’s quaint shops and eateries at your own pace.

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It was an absolute delight to have Dale as our guide for the day. He shared a wealth of information with us, making our hinterland tour a memorable experience. Dale made extra efforts to maximise our sightseeing opportunities while ensuring our comfort and satisfaction. I strongly recommend opting for a tour with this company. From the initial contact, the process was seamless and straightforward. A huge thank you to Coast to Hinterland Tours for such a fantastic day!

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What to Expect
Explore the Hinterland: Scenic Sights Unveiled!

Booking this Sunshine Coast Hinterland Highlights Tour, you will be joining guests who booked our best-selling  Scenic Food and Wine Tour  which utilises the same vehicle and Tour Guide.

The Sunshine Coast Highlights Tour invites guests who prefer to soak in the stunning vistas and cultural richness without a focus on the Sunshine Coast Food Trail. * Lunch not included

Participants will experience the same breathtaking itinerary alongside fellow travellers, with the freedom to explore dining options independently, catering to those who wish to tailor their culinary journey. This approach offers a versatile experience, ensuring everyone can enjoy the tour’s highlights according to their preferences.

Discover the heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, starting with breathtaking views at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, overlooking the iconic Glass House Mountains. Journey through the charming towns of Maleny and Montville, each offering unique local crafts and serene natural beauty.

The journey continues with stops at Gerrard’s Lookout for panoramic vistas, and Mapleton Falls Lookout, where the beauty of nature’s cascades awaits. Each destination promises unforgettable sights and experiences, making this tour a must-see adventure through Queensland’s picturesque landscapes.

Price Includes

  • Explore Spectacular Vistas: Three Iconic Lookouts
  • Marvel at the heritage-listed Glass House Mountains
  • Free time to explore Maleny and Montville villages
  • Visit Montville and select your own lunch venue (own expense)
  • Door-to-Door Pick-up and all transportation
What You'll See

Mary Cairncross Scenic Rainforest Reserve and Glass House Mountains Lookout

At the beginning of your journey, the Mary Cairncross Scenic Rainforest Reserve offers a dual experience: stunning views of the National Heritage-listed Glass House Mountains and the lush, immersive environment of a rainforest. Positioned in Maleny, this location not only showcases the grandeur of the mountains but also provides a serene rainforest backdrop, offering an enriching blend of natural beauty.

Dairy town of Maleny

In Maleny, a charming dairy town perched above the Blackall Range, while  Scenic Food and Wine Tour  participants enjoy selecting their chocolates, those on the Highlights Tour can explore this picturesque town for 30 minutes. Known for its vibrant arts scene, Maleny offers a stroll among local craftspeople and unique shops, providing a delightful exploration separate from the culinary experiences.

Clouds the Barrel Montville (Friday & Sunday Only)

During the visit to Clouds the Barrel, while the main group who booked our Scenic Food and Wine Tour indulge in a 45-minute wine-tasting session, guests on the Highlights Tour can enjoy a peaceful moment with a non-alcoholic beverage, engaging in conversations with fellow travellers.

Although the wine venue’s semi-isolated location limits the possibility for extended walks, there’s an option to join the tasting last minute for those intrigued by the day’s offering. This pause in the journey offers a chance to relax and soak in the atmosphere of the vineyard.

Gerrard’s Lookout 

At Gerrard’s Lookout, perched atop the Blackall Range, you’re presented with a panoramic spectacle that encapsulates the essence of the Sunshine Coast. This vantage point offers an unparalleled view stretching from Coolum to Caloundra, embracing Maroochydore and Bribie Island along the way. It’s an opportunity not just to see, but to truly experience the vast beauty of the coastline from a majestic height, providing a holistic understanding and appreciation of the region’s scenic splendour.

OPTIONAL EXTRA Lunch at Secrets on the Lake 

Booking the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Highlights Tour you have the flexibility to decide on the day whether you wish to join the rest of the group who booked the Scenic Food and Wine Tour for lunch at Secrets on the Lake (optional extra $55pp). Nestled in the rainforest alongside Lake Baroon, this destination offers not just a meal but an experience, with panoramic views of the lake enhancing your dining.

To help make your decision, consider viewing the sample menu to see what delightful options await as your potential lunch extra. You can add lunch as an optional extra to your booking at checkout.

Tour Group Lunch Menu. Sunshine Coast Day Tours

Montville Village – Lunch Opportunity Own Expense

If opting out of the group lunch at Secrets pm the Lake, by booking this Highlights Tour you will have the opportunity to explore Montville Village at your leisure. This charming hinterland village invites you to enjoy its fresh mountain air, browse delightful boutiques, and select your own lunch spot at your own expense amid the scenic surroundings. This free time is a chance to discover Montville’s unique character and enjoy its picturesque setting independently.

Mapleton Falls Lookout

At Mapleton Falls Lookout, immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of the Obi Obi Valley. This spot, a hidden gem in the hinterland, offers a majestic overlook across a verdant rainforest canopy, encapsulating the serene beauty of the region. As the day wanes, with local wine in hand, the journey meanders back, descending to sea level and ensuring your return is timed perfectly for a restful evening before dinner. This serene moment marks a tranquil close to an adventurous day.

Here's What You'll Get...
  • An Effortless Way to See All the Sunshine Coast Highlights in One Day
  • Entry to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for Rainforest and Glass House Mountains views
  • Time to explore the artisan town of Maleny.
  • A visit to Gerrard’s Lookout for panoramic coastal views.
  • Flexibility to explore Montville Village or join an optional lunch.
  • Door-To-Door Pick-up and Drop-off
Tour Cost



Child 3-14




Pick-up Information

Door-to-door pick-ups are available from tourist accommodations in:

Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands, Cotton Tree, Coolum, Twin Waters, Marcoola, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Noosaville, Tewantin

Pick-up Times Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

  • 7.50 am           Noosaville, Tewantin
  • 8 am                Noosa
  • 8.20 am          Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach
  • 8.30 am          Coolum
  • 8.45 am          Twin Waters, Marcoola
  • 9 am                Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands, Cotton Tree
  • 9.15 am           Mooloolaba

Drop-off at accommodation at approximately 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

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What a wonderful opportunity to experience the Hinterland region at an affordable price. Highly reccommended.

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