Travelling alone? Single bookings permitted however minimum 2 adults required for the tour to operate.
This Sunshine Coast Hinterland 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 at Maleny Food Co.
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, then onto a scrumptious two-course lakeside lunch before heading 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 a flight of wine of award-winning wines. Here you’ll smell and taste Queensland wines produced from the different grapes grown in Queensland.
One of the 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.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Food and Wine tour
We were picked up from our Mooloolaba resort and headed off to the hinterland. We were given a run down of the itinerary and what to expect. We had a beautiful day – the weather was great. And the food -well it was first class. The cheese platter, wine flight, 2 course lunch topped off with a little box of chocolates. Tours are always the best when the random strangers you meet and eat with are friendly. We found it to be lots of fun and not forgetting kudos to our wonderful guide Jeff.
We were thoroughly happy with our recent tour, Scenic Food & Wine tour, Geoff was excellent and made it enjoyable.
Yesterday my husband and I went on a wine tasting Hinterland tour with Geoff our driver and a small group of people. From the time that Geoff arrived at our pickup point (on time) we had a very professional, friendly, fun and “foodie” day. Unfortunately, the rain in the Hinterland made for a few damp walks and scenic lookouts but the hills looked very atmospheric shrouded in clouds and mist.
Our cheese tasting in Maleny, wine tasting at the Barrel and beautiful lunch at Secrets at the Lake were all enjoyed and savoured.
The Belgian chocolates to take home were also a delight. Although our group differed in ages we all enjoyed each others company and the day. We would say it was a day well spent, thank you Geoff.
This was a fantastic tour that I would highly recommend. Jeff was a knowledgeable, professional and personable host and guide. We saw some real highlight sights and the food was lovely. I went as a solo passenger and had a wonderful time.
Couldn’t pick a favourite it was all wonderful, lovely travelling companions and an excellent guide and driver in Jeff.