Maleny to Gympie Drive

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This delicious drive between Maleny and Gympie combines gorgeous treats and bush tucker with natural delights. Using a lot of the Sunshine Coast Food Trail network, this drive tour starts at Maleny's Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve before heading to Kenilworth Country Foods where you can sample local cheese and yoghurt and on to the Bunya Art and Bush Tucker Centre. From there, the tour takes you to the Amamoor State Forest and will finish at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum.

Journey Details

Duration
24 Hours
Distance
110 Kilometres

Full Itinerary

Drive to 41 Mountain View Road, Maleny where you'll discover Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. This 55 hectare National Estate-listed subtropical rainforest overlooks the Glass House Mountains and offers some of the best views of the mountains that are steeped in Indigenous myth and legend. The reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life, which promises to delight with its tranquillity and beauty.

Continue along Mary Cairncross Road to Maleny Botanical Gardens, arguably one of the best views of the mysterious Glass House Mountains, steeped in a rich indigenous history. Meander through some of the most exquisite gardens in Queensland enjoy a picnic or simply relax with a Devonshire tea at the café.

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Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan
Route Type One Way

One of the best ways to experience this rich region is at Kenilworth Country Foods which boasts a delectable range of cheeses, including the Red Malling Vintage which is an original product of the factory. Then tantalise your taste buds even further by enjoying one of the boutique factory's yoghurts.

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Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan
Route Type One Way

Renowned for producing some of the finest hoop pine in Queensland, Amamoor State Forest is a birdwatcher's paradise with more than 120 bird species calling the forest home. Take Amamoor Creek Road and enjoy a drive through the forested valley and explore interesting walks. From the day-use area, take the Platypus Walk (300 metres return) to a viewing platform for a chance to see a platypus.

The rainforest walk at Cedar Grove features huge red cedar and fig trees. This delightful drive finishes at Gympie, the "Town that Saved Queensland". Gympie's proud heritage began in 1867 as "Nashville" with the discovery of gold by prospector James Nash at the site now occupied by the Town Hall. At the time, Queensland was on the brink of bankruptcy due to drought and a fall in wool prices. Nash's discovery of 75 ounces of gold in six days sparked the Gympie Gold Rush which not only boosted the Queensland economy but enabled the colony to survive.

Surrounded by the Mary Valley, the Cooloola and Sunshine Coasts, Gympie offers a relaxed lifestyle and attractions, farmers markets, events and festivals including the annual Gympie Music Muster at the Amamoor Creek State Forest Park.

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Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan
Route Type One Way

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Mount Scoria Conservation Park

Thangool, Banana Area
Free Entry
Mount Scoria rises up from the surrounding cultivated plains, a single and spectacular highlight against an otherwise flat landscape. Across its peak, multi-sided rocks are regimented into large vertical and semi-vertical pillars or columns, blunt at the top as if they’d been cropped.

Goovigen

Goovigen, Banana Area
Goovigen is a small rural village in the region’s northern farming heartland. A short distance north-west of Jambin off the Burnett Highway, fewer than 300 people live in the town. The streets of Goovigen are as neat as a pin and the heritage buildings have been either restored to their former glory or updated for present needs.

Thangool

Thangool, Banana Area
More than 130 years in the making, Thangool first opened to settlers, who tried it as a sheep run in the 1850s. Soon to fail, beef cattle were introduced and later, dairy and cotton took hold. Based on the success of these industries, a make-shift town sprang up.

Mount Morgan

Mount Morgan, Rockhampton Area
Mount Morgan is an historical mining town nestled on the Dee River a short 38 kilometre drive from Rockhampton. The town is rich in nineteenth century Queensland colonial history and has artefacts and relics from the gold rush days that visitors can experience.

Duaringa

Duaringa, Central Highlands Area
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Callide Dam

Dumgree, Banana Area
Free Entry
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Moura

Moura, Banana Area
Moura is a central point and vibrant community for the people who serve its local industries – the farmers, growers and miners and their families that help to make Queensland great. Lying in the heart of the Dawson Valley, not far from the Dawson River, its parklands and public facilities, festivals and events, river fishing and water sports attract thousands of visitors each year.

150th Meridian

Moura, Banana Area
Free Entry
Located one kilometre east of Moura on the Dawson Highway, the 150th Meridian marker shows the position of the imaginary line (150 °E) on which Queensland (Eastern Standard) time is based. At the time of the equinox, a day is exactly 12 hours long anywhere on the Meridian line.

Banana

Valentine Plains, Banana Area
Visitors are always a little baffled by the town’s unusual name, particularly as there isn’t a single banana tree in sight. A dun-coloured bullock is responsible for that. A favourite of local stockmen in the 1860s, Banana the bullock, so named for his yellowish colouring, would help herd wild cattle into holding yards.

Jambin

Jambin, Banana Area
A rural hub with a pub to service weary travellers, Jambin is on the Burnett Highway just south of Smoky Creek. Part of the Callide Valley, the town is wedged between the Callide Creek to the west and the highway to the east, making it a picturesque spot to stop.
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