Maleny, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, is 100kms north of Brisbane. It is part of the Blackall Range along with Montville, Mapleton and Kenilworth. Montville and Maleny overlook the Glass House Mountains National Park which is home to the famous Glasshouse Mountains that were once volcanoes.
The area is popular with people seeking an alternative lifestyle and is known for its art galleries, restaurants, alternative schools and more. Maleny has a country-town atmosphere and is less touristy than Montville. It was the original site of the Maleny Folk Festival before it was moved to Woodford.
Nearby is Baroon Pocket Dam, which provides treated water for the Sunshine Coast and is also a popular recreational area for sailing, picnics and fishing (fishing in the dam requires a permit).
- Glass House Mountain National Park – Environmental Protection Agency’s guide to the National Park.
- Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve – 52 hectares of sub-tropical rainforest with 2km of walking tracks that are wheelchair friendly.