Couple's Getaway to Maleny and Montville

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This Sunshine Coast hinterland drive is for the romantic at heart and those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Retreat to the havens of Maleny and Montville where you can spend an intimate weekend wandering these two towns, exploring natural wonders and dining on local produce. Spend the night in charming Montville.

Journey Details

Duration
48 Hours
Distance
52 Kilometres

Full Itinerary

They say food is an aphrodisiac and visitors are spoilt for choice at the Eumundi Markets, home to more than 500 stalls nestled under towering heritage-listed fig trees. Staged each Saturday and Wednesday, this is a great place to start your romantic journey and also Australia's largest art, craft and produce market. You will discover original artworks, sculptures, and furniture, handmade toys, home wares, and skincare.

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Considered by some as the "creative soul" of the Sunshine Coast, wind your way west and up towards Montville and let the panoramic views melt your stress away. For the keen shopper, you'll love the many craft shops, fashion boutiques and gift shops. Don't forget to pop into the candy store for a sweet treat.

As you head towards Maleny you'll discover Maleny Cheese with award-winning cheeses including hand-crafted waxed cheddars, creamy camembert and brie cheese, and crumbly fetta. While sampling your favourite cheeses, learn about the process that goes into making the tasty morsels. In the heart of Maleny there's a range of eclectic shops along Maple Street. Take a gastronomy tour of the cafes and indulge in local foods or try the Sunshine Coast Food Trail for some hidden gems, and don't forget to duck into the lolly shop to satisfy your sweet tooth. If food isn't your thing, then peruse the various antique shops for a one-of-a-kind purchase or relax at one of the many couples retreats at a spa resort like Spicers Clovelly or Tamarind.

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Route Type One Way

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Hoffman's Rocks Dive Site

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
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Hoffman’s Rocks is a colourful underwater playground just south of Bargara in the Woongarra Marine Park. The area is covered in hard and soft corals including gorgonian sea fans and pretty soft corals, and home to resting turtles, stingrays, gropers and wobbegong sharks.

MV Karma Shipwreck

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Christmas came early to divers in the Bundaberg area in December 2003, when a 42 metre long gravel barge sank off the coast north of the city. That ship was the MV Karma and today it rests in 26 metres of water and is one of the best wreck dives in Queensland.

Coonarr

Burrum Coast, Fraser Coast Area
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Coonarr Beach is a 4.2 kilometre long, east facing beach that begins amongst the tidal shoals of the Elliott River mouth, then runs straight down to the smaller mouth of Coonarr Creek. There is a gravel road out to the small beachfront settlement of Coonarr, located toward the southern end of the beach.

South Head Parklands and Playground, Burnett Heads

Burnett Heads, Bundaberg Area
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Located on the waterfront at the gorgeous Burnett Heads, this beautiful park offers plenty of space to run and play. For the kids there is a large climbing frame and a smaller playground. For the adults, sit back and enjoy the view of the pristine blue water whilst watching the kids play in the great outdoors.

Burrum Coast National Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
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Flowering heaths, quiet beaches and abundant wildlife make this park a place to retreat, relax and appreciate the splendour and peace of the natural environment. Explore the park on one of the several walking tracks and discover diverse coastal habitats.

Branyan

Branyan, Bundaberg Area
Branyan is a rural/residential district on the Bundaberg-Childers Road, seven kilometres south-west of central Bundaberg. It is also on the Burnett River, and has flat to undulating landscape. Branyan is well renowned by locals and visitors alike for it's Sandy Hook recreational precinct where the Australian Grand Prix speedboats converge annually in November and where locals and visitors alike participate in a variety of watersports on the river.

Bundaberg

Bundaberg West, Bundaberg Area
Whether you drive, fly, train, walk or ride as you arrive in Bundaberg, you can't help but notice rolling rich red soil, rows of sugarcane, macadamias and criss-cross grids of Australia's food bowl that greet you in every which way.

Hummock Lookout

Qunaba, Bundaberg Area
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Situated off the road to Bargara is the low-lying volcanic remnant known as "The Hummock" which, although only 96 metres above sea-level, offers visitors good views over the whole area. The ocean is visible to the east while, to the west, the sugar fields can be seen encircling the city with the smoke stacks of the Bundaberg Distillery and Mill on the horizon.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Mon Repos Conservation Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
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No visit to Mon Repos is complete without a stop at the turtle centre. Here you’ll learn heaps about marine turtles, and the conservation and research programs that are protecting them. You'll also find out how a colourful history and ancient connections have shaped the Mon Repos you see today.

Port Bundaberg

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
The Burnett River flows out to sea at Burnett Heads, and just upstream is the Port of Bundaberg with its wharves and imposing sugar terminal. Here, the broad reaches of the Burnett are home to the Bundaberg Sailing Club, and as expected, there are boat ramps and car and trailer parking at the river mouth.
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