Travelling alone? Single bookings permitted however minimum 2 adults required for the tour to operate.
This full-day tour combines the stunning scenery of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with some of the region’s finest local produce. After being collected from your coastal accommodation, you will head inland towards the lush subtropical hinterland.
The first stop of the day is a scenic lookout to take in the stunning views of the National Heritage-listed Glass House Mountains, then onto the dairy town of Maleny where you will sample a selection of local and international cheese.
From Maleny, you’ll head to The Barrel, an iconic destination, shaped like a giant wine barrel on the grounds of Clouds Vineyard Maleny for a flight of wine tasting, then onto the quaint hinterland village of Montville via a scenic lookout to enjoy free time to peruse in the shops and boutiques, pick up local hand-crafted items and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Whilst in Montville, you’ll also visit Chocolate Country where you will experience a luxury handmade sampler box (one per couple) of chocolates before making the scenic return trip down the range via another stunning scenic lookout back to your accommodation.
Pick up available from:
Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands, Cotton Tree, Coolum, Twin Waters, Marcoola, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Noosaville, Tewantin
Drop-off at accommodation approximately 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Option to catch the public Translink bus Route 600 from Caloundra to Mooloolaba to connect with the tour which departs from Sealife Mooloolaba.
Ask at your accommodation for more information on catching Translink Bus Services to Mooloolaba.
Glass House Mountains Lookout
Your first stop is Mary Cairncross in Maleny, on the aptly named Mountain View Rd. It looks east off the Blackall Range towards the coast where you will enjoy the gorgeous National heritage Listed Glass House Mountains.
Dairy town of Maleny
Our next stop is Maleny a picture-postcard dairy country town. Located 436 m above sea-level on the southern edge of the Blackall Range Maleny attracts painters, craftspeople, and potters. During this time, you will enjoy cheese tasting and explore the town at your leisure.
Maleny Food Co
Enjoy a true cheese experience while you sample the finest Australian and international cheeses made by artisan cheesemakers. You will be provided with a cheese tasting board which would include a selection of cheese plus condiments to include quince jam, baby pickles figs, muscatels on the vine, dried fruit and crusty sourdough. Maleny Food co has a reputation as one of the premier cheese shops in Australia with a selection of more than 250 cheeses.
Clouds Vineyard The Barrel
Our next stop is Clouds Vineyard cellar door offering wine tasting of local award-winning wines. Here you’ll smell and taste local wines whilst identifying the different aromas while learning the different grapes grown in our region.
One of two scenic lookouts we stop at will be Gerrard’s Lookout, high on the hill land this lookout offers coastline views to Coolum, Maroochydore, Caloundra and Bribie Island. Nearby
Lunch at Secrets on the Lake or The Edge Restaurant
Depending on availability, your gourmet lunch will be at either “Secrets on the Lake” which is set in the rainforest on the side of Lake Baroon. a popular foodie destination near Montville enjoying panoramic views of Lake Baroon, or “The Edge Café Bar and Restaurant” in Montville which is perched on the edge of the escarpment & offers panoramic views of the Sunshine coastline. Regardless of the lunch venue, you’ll enjoy a delicious 2-course meal included in the tour.
When we arrive at the Hinterland Village of Montville and following wine & chocolate tasting, you can spend free time checking out the delightful shops and boutiques, enjoying this picture-postcard village and its fresh mountain air.
Chocolate Country, Montville
Chocolate Country has been specialising in making and serving handmade chocolate to locals and visitors alike since 1993. Here you will experience a luxury handmade sampler box (one per couple) of four chocolates which you can take with you to enjoy in your accommodation.
It’s late afternoon and you’ve bought yourself a couple of bottles of local wine to take home and now it’s time to head back down to sea level where you will arrive back to your accommodation in time for a rest before dinner.
We had the most wonderful day. Jeff our host was absolutely amazing in his knowledge, his friendliness and his experience. The tropical rainforest walk was so lovely and cool and so well kept.
It was such a calming experience which set us off for a really lovely day. Jeff’s historical knowledge of the Glass House Mountains was comprehensive and so enjoyable to hear. We felt a great connection with the mountains when told of the aboriginal legend of creation.
Maleny was a surprise. We had a beautiful cheese platter and then wandered the little village. Bought some lovely local handcraft. Our lunch was a pure delight at Secrets on the lake. What a beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous view.
We had a nice wine taste at the Barrel and then hit Montville which is a really lovely gallery walk. Then finished with a fabulous scenic view with a waterfall and an amazing hinterland vista.
Overall this day will stay in our memory for a very long time. Thanks Jeff, you are wonderful.
A Day of highlights
Very hard to limit the favourite part of the day as each element has its own highlight. The day was very well spaced and paced between stops and also allowed time for us to explore Maleny and Montville on our own. The cheese platter, wine flight, 2 course lunch and the chocolate box were all extremely high quality and catered for varied tastes within the group.
The informative narrative of our well versed guide kept us engaged both at the scenic lookouts and during the drive around the hinterland. Even though the scenery itself is so stunning, the information we received added so much more to the experience.
I’ve lived on the coast 13 years and got to see and experience more layers to our wonderful area than you ever could without such a knowledgeable guide.
Strongly recommended to others with a curiosity for and a love of good food, wine, chocolate, cheese and our beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Thanks for a great day 😊😁
The great service and knowledge that the driver had Thanks Brett A most pleasurable day trip covered lots of interesting things wine, chocolate, cheese it was like having your own butler
Brilliant beautiful day.
Absolutely fantastic day. Enjoyed every moment. Highly recommended! And tour guide was just lovely!
Can’t wait to try out the other tours 🙂
Geoff was an awesome tour guide. His local knowledge is amazing and we loved his stories and especially the way that he integrated First Nation legends into these. The experiences were great – cheese tasting was to die for and lunch was awesome. The wine tasting was interesting and of course chocolate tasting was a great way to end our day. A highlight of the tour was also the great sight seeing stops we took on route. All up it was a fab day and I would highly recommend this tour and company to anyone.