Are you travelling alone? Single bookings are permitted however a minimum of 2 adults is required for the tour to operate.
Discover the awe-inspiring natural highlights of the Sunshine Coast’s hinterland in one day on this relaxing, no-hurry, no-hassle drive where you can soak up stunning views of the Glass House Mountains, view waterfalls and wander through giant 150-year-old fig trees, fuelled up with coffee, pastries and a delicious lunch in a 1939 art deco country pub.
A stress-free, delightful drive through the best of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland welcomes you to the sparkling Gardener Falls and not one, but two, spectacular viewpoints showing you the sweeping hinterland landscapes of the Glass House Mountains.
Enjoy a civilized artisan morning coffee and pastries in the quaint rural town of Maleny before discovering the sights and sounds of the giant 150-year-old fig trees at Imbil State Forest. Lunchtime calls you to Kenilworth, a tiny town in the heart of the Mary Valley for a delicious lunch in a 1939 art deco country pub, and round off your relaxing day with free time at local cheesemaker Kenilworth Dairies.
Door-to-door pick-ups are available from tourist accommodation in:
Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands, Cotton Tree, Coolum, Twin Waters, Marcoola, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Noosaville, Tewantin
Pick-up Times: Thursday
Drop-off at accommodation at approximately 4.15 pm – 5.30 pm
We’ll pick you up bright and early in our comfy, air-conditioned minibus for the short drive through the pretty countryside to our first stop, Gardener’s Falls, a hidden diamond just a short stroll from Obi Obi Creek. Nature has carved out a series of shallow pools cascading into a deeper one, all surrounded by native forest, giving it a timeless, calming quality. Need a calming, meditative start to a relaxing day? You got it!
Morning Tea in Maleny
After experiencing the wonder of Sunshine Coast topography, it’s time to relax with a freshly brewed morning coffee (or tea!) and a selection of petite cakes (3) per serving at our favourite artisan cafe, the Maleny Food Co. in the charmingly quirky rural town of Maleny. Renowned for showcasing local produce and its award-winning ice cream, Maleny Food Co. is the perfect place for a relaxing pit stop to recharge for your next delight.
Howells Knob Lookout
Just a short drive away through farmland (and taking care on the road – there’s lots of fascinating wildlife around here!) you’ll come to the peaceful and secluded Howell’s Knob Lookout. Shh! It’s our little secret – it’s not on the tourist trail. You’ll gain a different perspective on the rolling landscape and mountains beyond. After a short stop here, head back to the minivan for something very special…
Fig Tree Walk at the Imbil State Forest
From the space and quiet of the mountaintop lookout, you’ll suddenly enter a different world. A world of deep green canopy: of piccabeen palm, white cedar and Moreton Bay fig. You’re in the heart of the lush rainforest of the Imbil State Forest. As you take your time on a 45-minute easy-route Fig Tree walking track, enjoy the chorus of birdsong from over 120 species that make their home here. You may spot a brush turkey rustling in the undergrowth, or, if you’re very lucky, a shy red-necked pademelon.
Lunch at the Kenilworth Hotel
So far, you’ve enjoyed a feast for the senses but now it’s time for a feast for your tummy because it’s lunchtime and that means a relaxing stop at the Kenilworth Hotel. The hotel is an architectural gem, built way back in 1939, in the Art Deco-flavoured Streamline style of the time. It’s also a friendly, popular watering-hole, and sidelines as a craft brewery. The chef sources local produce to create a menu packed with classics and specials of the day – there’ll be far too many things to tempt you! Enjoy your two-course lunch at a leisurely pace as you fuel up for your final stop on your tour.
Work off your lunch with an hour of free time to spend wandering around the Kenilworth Dairies, an artisan cheese factory that was once owned by global manufacturers Kraft, but was bought out by the locals, and is now in the hands of a local dairy family, the Cochranes. Watch how the skilled cheesemakers craft a range of their boutique hand-made cheeses – two of them being Queensland Red Malling and Roma Malling cheeses, still made using the original 1920 recipe. If there’s a tasting happening (and if you’ve still room in your tum), do take advantage of it! The dairy also makes luscious chocolate mousses and yoghurts so thick you can stand a spoon in them.
At 4 pm we’ll round you up back into the minivan for the comfortable drive through the picturesque scenery of the Sunshine Coast back to your drop-off point.
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M-F 8 am-5 pm | S-S 9 am-4 pm
At our company, customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance. If you are not satisfied with your tour, please speak with your tour leader on the day of the tour to reach a fair resolution. If no resolution can be reached, a full or partial refund may be offered.
Thanks to Peter and the Coast to Hinterland Tours we had a great time exploring sunshine coast! love the legends and personal story from our tour guide. Absolutely enjoyed the views, the food and the experience! sharing my favorite pic from our tour – the one tree hill along mountain view road! 😍