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Maleny Botanic Gardens and Rainforest Inc. Lunch


Book this bestselling Sunshine Coast Hinterland scenic day tour to explore the delights of an amazing botanic garden overlooking the stunning Glasshouse Mountains, wander through an enchanting rainforest, and to enjoy a vineyard gourmet lunch.

  • Explore the terraces, waterfalls and lakes of Maleny Botanic Gardens
  • Enjoy traditional morning tea Inc. scones, tea or coffee at the Gardens
  • Experience the wonder of the native rainforest at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at Clouds the Barrel Vineyard
What to Expect

Choose your Sunshine Coast pick-up spot and we’ll collect you and your group in our comfortable COVID-safe air-conditioned minibus. We’ll drive you in luxury through the spectacular scenery of the Sunshine Coast to the hinterland town of Maleny, high in the iconic Blackall Range.

You’re free to roam through the tranquil beauty of the Maleny Botanic Gardens, 18 acres of waterfalls, lakes and gardens planted with a heady mix of native and exotic flora.

When you’ve refreshed yourself with a Devonshire tea at the Garden’s friendly cafe, it’s time to head over to the awe-inspiring Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Lose yourself in the sights and sounds of this subtropical rainforest; spot some of the 141 species of birds that flit through the canopy; discover the breathtaking range of bugs, beetles and butterflies that are the hardest workers of the rainforest. It’s an unforgettable experience for bird and bug enthusiasts and for normal people alike.

Then it’s just a short drive up to Clouds the Barrel Vineyard for a delicious lunch. You’ll enjoy incredible locally produced food with an optional glass of wine. A perfect end to a perfect day.

Don’t forget to bring comfortable footwear as the Rainforest Trail can be uneven, and a jumper as the Rainforest can be cooler than the coast because it’s higher up. It’s just science.

Departure & Return Location


7.05 am           Noosaville, Tewantin
7.15 am           Noosa
7.25 am           Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach
7.35 am           Twin Waters, Marcoola, Coolum
7.50 am           Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands, Cotton Tree
8:00 am          Mooloolaba

Drop-off accommodation 3.30pm – 4.30 pm


Price Includes

  • Entry to Maleny Botanic Gardens, with tea and scones included (Bird Aviary optional extra)
  • 3-Hours Free Time Maleny Botanic Gardens
  • Lunch at Clouds the Barrel Vineyard
  • Free time Mary Cairncross Scenic Rainforest Reserve
  • Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
  • COVID-safe transport and practices

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses e.g. gifts and souvenirs
  • Buggy Hire at Maleny Botanic Gardens (from $34 per buggy)
  • Entry to the Bird Aviary ($15pp)
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Maleny Botanic Gardens

Maleny is the centre of a thriving alternative scene, a community town packed with art galleries, organic farms and cafes but our first stop is the Maleny Botanic Gardens, a jewel of Maleny, perched on an escarpment with panoramic views to the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains across the rolling landscapes below.

You don’t have to be a gardening enthusiast to enjoy this diamond of a botanic garden. The Gardens have been expertly designed to show off a range of spectacular planting from around the world as well as native flora. The gently meandering walking paths will draw you through you a stunning variety of thousands of different plants within themed gardens, awash with colour, texture and heady scents.

You’re free to explore the tranquillity of the Oriental Garden, climb the Treehouse, stroll beneath the Arched Walk, gaze at the incredible mountain views from the look-out points scattered through the gardens, and enjoy the peace and calm of the numerous lakes and waterfalls that greet you at every turn. The gardens, views, and plants are picture-perfect for photography.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

After an hour or so of wandering through the delights of the Gardens, it’s time to refuel with a late morning Devonshire tea – the traditional pot of tea and scone – at the friendly cafe before we hop back into the minibus for the short drive to Maleny’s other jewel – the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, one of the last native remnants of subtropical rainforest that used to clothe the entire Blackall Range.

When you enter the Reserve, you’re stepping back in time. You’ll enter a living world that was Australia before the loggers and you’ll realise straightaway just how magical it is. It’s a rare opportunity to experience a living, breathing subtropical rainforest.

Be awed at the sheer aliveness of the place. As you walk the trail, you’ll hear the calls of the 141 species of birds flitting above and around you. Listen out for the distinctive loud call of the Wompoo Fruit-Dove, the wailing-baby cries of the Green Catbird high up in the canopy, and the loud call of the almost-invisible Paradise Riflebird. Don’t feed the Brush Turkey or you’ll have a friend for life! And it’s not just birds – the entire ecosystem of bugs, frogs, and dragons (yes, dragons – the Southern Angle-Headed Dragon!), as well as mammals such as the Red-Legged Pademelon, related to the kangaroo, squirrel glider and flying fox, are busy doing their thing all around you.

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Cloud the Barrel Vineyard

We’ll round you up for the short drive to our final stop of the day, lunch at Clouds Vineyard, located up at the magnificently named Bald Knob. The vineyard has inspirational views and the team will welcome you into The Barrel, a barrel-shaped tasting house that’s packed full of opportunity to taste some of the best wines and craft beers in Australia.

After lunch, we’ll pop you all back into the minibus where you can relax (with a full tummy and lots of lovely memories) and enjoy the scenic, air-conditioned drive back to your chosen drop-off location.

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