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 cheeses at Maleny Food Co.
From Maleny, you’ll head to The Barrel, an iconic destination, shaped like a giant wine barrel in the grounds of Clouds Vineyard for a flight of wine, then onto a scrumptious two-course lakeside lunch before heading to the quaint hinterland village of Montville via a scenic lookout to enjoy free time to browse 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 5 pm – 6 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.
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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 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. This lookout offers coastline views to Coolum, Maroochydore, Caloundra and Bribie Island.
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, 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 select a luxury handmade sampler box (one per couple) of five 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.
Tour guide was great. Sights & attractions were enjoyable. Vehicle was very comfortable. 7 hour tour flew past. Cheese tasting & lunch were a little to close together. Tour was worth the cost. Will recommend.
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Value
Wonderful tour and tour guide Jan! great value and a wonderful day out! Highly recommend and would 100% do again. We brought our 2yr old and they were so accommodating and inclusive! Food was phenomenal!
Absolutely fantastic day. Great locations with incredible wine tasting and food. Smooth schedule, perfect amount of time at each venue. Special mention to Dave who went above and beyond for us, great personality and professionalism. Would love to book another day.
I booked this tour as part of a family trip to the Sunshine Coast and was not disappointed. It was a lovely day with lots of sightseeing to local shops and lookouts, and I was amazed by the knowledge of Jeff who was our guide for the day. It was a great experience and I would definitely recommend it to others!
I can highly recommend doing a tour, after a fantastic day tour with friends. We visited many places but it never seemed rushed. Geoff has a remarkable knowledge of the area and filled us in with the history and plenty of local stories. It was a relaxing and most enjoyable day. Thank you!! Dorothy