The Sunshine Coast hinterland is a short thirty minute drive from Sunshine Coast beaches and one of the very best road trips from Brisbane. If you’re contemplating an Australia road trip, this one on this Sunshine Coast Hinterland day trip in Queensland is hard to beat.
Situated on the Blackall ranges some 400 metres above sea level, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland attracts year round visitors. While southern staters are drawn to Queensland’s winter sunshine, locals are enjoying the cooler mountain temperatures experienced in the hinterland towns of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny.
The rainforest and green rollings hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland provide a haven for artists and craftsmen and the array of artisan foods is dazzling.
Living at Coolum Beach, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is one of our favourite Sunshine Coast activities. It is a quick and rewarding escape with endless possibilities. Regular visitors might zero in on their favourite town, restaurant or waterfall, but this post gives an overall view of the area, perfect for first timers or those wanting to spread their wings.
You might also like to read about Caloundra to Noosa Sunshine Coast Beaches.
What You Will Find in This Post
- Road Trips from Brisbane – A Scenic drive through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
- Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Trips Map
- Blackall Ranges Lookouts
- Things to do in Mapleton Sunshine Coast Hinterland
- Getting to Mapleton from Nambour
- Dulong Lookout
- Mapleton Hotel
- Op Shop at Rangecare
- Mapleton Lily Ponds
- Mapleton Bakery now Sweet and Flour
- Mapleton Falls
- Option 2 (Reverse Route) Road Information***
- Kondalilla Falls Sunshine Coast Hinterland
- Things to Do in Montville Sunshine Coast Hinterland
- Have a drink at Montville Cafe Bar Grill
- Explore Montville Town Centre
- Shop till you drop
- St. Mary’s Church and Hall in the Village Green
- Where to Eat in Montville
- Montville Parking
- Lake Baroon or Baroon Pocket Dam
- Romantic Getaways Sunshine Coast Hinterland
- Gerrard Lookout
- Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Lookout Sunshine Coast Hinterland
- How to get to Maleny from Mary Cairncross Park via Maleny Dairies
- How to get to Maleny from Mary Cairncross Park via Maleny Botanical Gardens
- Maleny Botanical Gardens/Maleny Bird World/Lookout
- Maleny, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
- Maleny to Kenilworth Road Trip
- Things to do in Kenilworth
- Kenilworth to Mapleton
Road Trips from Brisbane – A Scenic drive through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Option 1 – Mapleton/Montville/Maleny/Kenilworth/Mapleton.
This scenic mountain road trip partly follows Blackall Range Tourist Drive #23, from the foothills of the Blackall Range, through the towns of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny. Route #23, is clearly marked with light brown road signs. From Maleny continue on Route #22 to Kenilworth returning to Mapleton via Obi Obi Road.
You can gain access to Mapleton and the Blackall Ranges from either Nambour or Landsborough. We started from Nambour.
Kenilworth can be saved for another day if time is short after all this leisurely Queensland road trip is about enjoying the pretty mountain towns and vistas, not merely ticking boxes.
The best thing about the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is it can be consumed in bite-sized pieces or savoured on a longer trip.
Option 2 – Mapleton/Kenilworth/Maleny/Montville/Mapleton***
To take Option 2 simply reverse the route by going directly from Mapleton to Kenilworth via Obi Obi Road.
***Read Option 2 Road Information below.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Trips Map
Blackall Ranges Lookouts
There are quite a few lookouts on the Blackall Ranges.
Dulong Lookout is before Mapleton on the Nambour-Mapleton road and looks North.
Views from Mapleton and Montville, including Gerrards Lookout and nearby Balmoral Lookout have views to the East across bush and farmland to the ocean.
Mary Cairncross Park, McCarthy’s Lookout, One Tree Hill and Maleny Botanical Gardens/Bird World Lookouts look South over the Glass House Mountains toward Brisbane.
Information on individual Lookouts is given as they appear on the route.
Things to do in Mapleton Sunshine Coast Hinterland
First and last stop on this Sunshine Coast Hinterland day trip is Mapleton, accessed from Nambour, 100 km north of Brisbane, Queensland.
Getting to Mapleton from Nambour
Drive up Netherton Street, past Nambour General Hospital before leaving Nambour behind and quickly climbing on the Nambour/Mapleton Road.
There are coffee shops opposite Nambour hospital where you can pick up a coffee or lunch.
Stop for a look see or continue on to Mapleton where there are more views.
Range Care Op Shop Mapleton/Mapleton Lily Ponds/Mapleton Pub
This lovely old pub is on the main road through town. Climb the impressive staircase to check out the building and relax on the massive deck with a cold one. The views back to the coast are captivating.
Op Shop at Rangecare
Located in a lovely old Queenslander, Rangecare Op Shop, is a short distance along Obi Obi Road from Mapleton Pub. The old Queenslander home is a unique venue as far as Op Shops go. It’s wide treasure-filled timber verandahs overlook ponds and parklands.
Mapleton Lily Ponds
Pack your bargains in the car and walk through to Mapleton lily ponds. The surrounding gardens are pretty and you can enjoy the antics of waterbirds from the shore or foot bridge.
Mapleton Bakery now Sweet and Flour
Sweet and Flour Bakery at 3 Obi Obi Road sells fresh bread including sourdough and gluten free. It is a great morning tea stop with divine apple strudel and lamingtons.
Recommendation: Sweet and Flour is a good place for a sweet snack. Eat at the tables out the front or take away to Mapleton Lilyponds.
How to get to Mapleton Falls from Mapleton
Continue 3 km along Obi Obi Road to Mapleton Falls National Park for walks and views of the valley 120 metres below. The wheelchair accessible Mapleton Falls lookout is 5 minutes or less from the carpark.
For views of the falls themselves take the 45 minute 1.3 km Wompoo Circuit. Peregrine Lookout, accessible from Wompoo Circuit has views back to the falls.
Option 2 (Reverse Route) Road Information***
***From here the scenic loop road trip can be reversed by continuing along along Obi Obi road for 22 minutes to Kenilworth, then on to Maleny, Montville and Mapleton or return to the M1. When heading to Kenilworth from Mapleton there is a section of steep gravel road descending the Blackall Ranges. It is quite safe when dry and can be traversed in a two wheel drive. The Kenilworth to Maleny road is bitumen.
To stay on Option 1 route, backtrack to Mapleton pub and continue from Mapleton to Montville, passing the small village of Flaxton en-route.
Kondalilla Falls Sunshine Coast Hinterland
How to get to Kondalilla Falls from Mapleton
The falls are closer to Montville than Maleny but on our route they come after Mapleton and before Montville. As far as waterfalls Sunshine Coast go, these are the bomb.
What to do at Kondallilla National Park
- Allow 2.5 hours to complete the 4.7 km hilly Kondalilla Falls walk.
- If you’re short on time, the shortest and best option, is to walk down to the pool above the falls from Picnic Creek Circuit and from there walk to Kondallilla Falls lookout with views back to the waterfall. It’s all signposted.
- Wear bathers under your clothes as there are no change facilities on the walk.
- Perfect for a picnic lunch, BBQ or to spend the day.
If you’re thinking of a Sunshine Coast Hinterland wedding, the Chapel of Love on the left on Kondalilla Falls Road is quite impressive. More wedding chapels on the route are mentioned as we come to them.
Recommendation: Eat at Elements Cafe on Kondalilla Falls Road. Beautiful pastoral views from the dining room blend seamlessly with an interesting gift shop. I recommend the corn fritters and book ahead for a stunning high tea.
Elements Cafe Kondalilla Falls Road.
Things to Do in Montville Sunshine Coast Hinterland
It’s a short 3 minute drive from Kondalilla Falls to the picturesque village of Montville.
Crammed with interesting gift shops, bars, breweries, art galleries, restaurants, cuckoo clocks and historic buildings, Montville is a tourist’s dream.
Montville things to do centre around romantic dining and Montville restaurants with a view. Montville Shops specialise in artisan works and souvenirs and although there are some higher priced items, all budgets are catered for.
View toward the coast from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland town of Montville.
Have a drink at Montville Cafe Bar Grill
Situated in Montville main street, Montville Cafe Bar & Grill is the Montville Pub.
Explore Montville Town Centre
Enjoying Montville is as simple and as complicated as walking up one side of the street and down the other. There are distractions everywhere so be prepared to spend hours in Montville Queensland. The only way to avoid this is to drive through town without stopping or looking at Montville shops.
Shop till you drop
There are several art galleries in Montville. I snapped this shot through the window of a Montville Art Gallery so forgive the reflections. If you love art and would like to purchase some, hours can be spent perusing galleries.
Whether you love window shopping or the kind that burns a hole in your credit card, you are in the right place in Montville.
Irrespective of your desire to shop, the main street of Montville is a lovely undulating walk, with tree covered parks, pretty flowers and places to sit and reflect upon your bank balance.
Don’t forget to drop in to the pretty white building that houses the Salvatian Army Montville Family Store for more bargain hunting.
St. Mary’s Church and Hall in the Village Green
About half way along the main street of Montville you will see the village green with six tall memorial trees to diggers who didn’t return from WWI.
On the corner is a signpost to Hunchy, a town at the base of the ranges (this is one way to exit back to the M1). On the left hand side of this street is St. Mary’s Church (1914) and Church bell while on the right is the St. Mary’s Church Hall (1942).
Both are in use today. The church is open every day for personal prayer. I popped in for a look but didn’t take photos as there was a reading taking place. The interior is timber with a simple timber cross, beautiful timber pews and stained glass windows. The garden out the back has somewhat overgrown views.
The Church Hall is used for a weekly Meditation Group and functions.
Where to Eat in Montville
Mayfield on Montville View
Recommendation: Eat at Mayfields Patisserie and Chocolates Cafe, part of the Mayfield on Montville complex and our favourite Montville cafe. It’s a great budget option and worth going there just for drop-dead-gorgeous views over rainforest and farmland to the distant coast.
We love their budget range of impressive monster gourmet sausage rolls. I was more than happy with my pork and apple roll served with a separate relish and a well-dressed salad. They also specialise in sinful cakes and chocolates.
The Edge Montville
Adjoining Mayfields Patisserie is “The Edge Montville” with the same fantastic view and a more extensive and a slightly pricier menu.
If you’re lucky you will find an on-street park in the main street. If not head to Russell Family Park free off-street car park behind Montville Information Centre, or at Montville IGA.
Lake Baroon or Baroon Pocket Dam
Continuing on the Montville Maleny road, turn right into Western Ave. to Baroon Pocket dam for a swim or BBQ. When you reach the dam turn right to the spillway or just before arriving turn left to Secrets on the Lake Montville and a parking area by the lake.
There is a deceivingly small picnic area behind the car park that overlooks the lake. The further you walk into it the more individual areas containing BBQ’s and tables appear. There are toilet amenities, information boards and a small playground.
Baroon Pocket Dam is the largest water supply in the Sunshine Coast network. No motor boats are allowed but other craft are fine.
Romantic Getaways Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Montville and Maleny are the joint hinterland epicentre of the romantic week-end getaway..
A romantic place to dine near Montville is Secrets on the Lake 5.9 km from Montville Info Kiosk. Ask for a romantic table for two on the deck with views over Lake Baroon. For the best tables book before arrival.
This is a special kind of place. Lots of love has been lavished on the building, with intricate carved wood details including on handrails and doors and even in the Ladies Loo.
Secrets on the Lake also caters for weddings and events.
In winter the wonderful inside sitting area with it’s impressive free standing fireplace is romance personified. Check out the huge carved timber day lounge and browse for gifts.
Secrets on the Lake has luxurious tree-houses. They definitely are up in the trees and look very rustic from the outside, yet are apparently luxurious within.
Entrance to Secrets on the Lake Montville
There are loads of other places to stay on Western Ave before reaching Lake Baroon. Try:
- Montville Boutique
- Montville Holiday Apartments
- The Spotted Chook and Amelie’s Petite Maison
- Misty Views
- Montville Grove
- Montville Country Cabins
- The Narrows Escape
- Whistle Stop
- Secrets on the Lake
Note: Also on this road are Flame Hill Vineyard and another entrance to Kondalilla National Park.
Rejoining the Montville-Maleny road take a quick detour left to Gerrard Lookout on Balmoral Ridge just 5 minutes and 5.4 km from the Montville Visitor Information Centre.
The lookout is on a small hill above the car park. The shelter has a location pointer and paragliders shoot by tantalisingly close.
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Lookout Sunshine Coast Hinterland
On the way to Maleny take a left turn into Landsborough-Maleny Road and a right into Mountain View Road. It’s not far to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve with it’s walking tracks, Picnic area, Information Centre and Lookout.
This is well-known spot for views over the Glasshouse Mountains, between the Blackall Ranges and Brisbane.
Recommendation: Eat at Mary Cairncross Cafe otherwise known as Mountain View Cafe. This delightful venue is great for morning tea or lunch with a view and has affordable eating options. The fireplace holds promise for cool rainy mountain days.
Glasshouse Mountain View
Mary Cairncross Lookout
The deck above the cafe is great for learning about and photographing the Glass House Mountains and there is a 150 metre mid canopy rainforest boardwalk attached.
It is also possible to cross the road but it can be dangerous and the view from above the cafe is probably better.
Mary Cairncross Park Picnic Area
Adjoining the car park is Mary Cairncross Park picnic area with shelters, playground, BBQ’s and a wide grassy area surrounded by rainforest.
Recommendation: Mary Cairncross reserve is a good option if you’re looking for things to do on the Sunshine Coast with kids.
How to get to Maleny from Mary Cairncross Park via Maleny Dairies
From Mary Cairncross turn right into Mountain View Road and right again into McCarthy Road shortly after Weddings at Tiffany’s church. Tiffany’s has the best views of all the wedding churches but doesn’t photograph well from the road.
The wedding church shown below is actually named Little White Wedding Church and is on the right immediately before arriving at the family owned Maleny Dairies.
Little White Wedding Church
Tours are held Monday to Saturday and take 1.5 hours. The on-site milk bar sells drinks, snacks, dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cream but not cheese. You can also buy packaged meats and there is a picnic shelter and BBQ facilities.
How to get to Maleny from Mary Cairncross Park via Maleny Botanical Gardens
From Mary Cairncross continue 3.9 km along Mountain View Road Route #23 to McCarthy’s lookout and Maleny Botanical Gardens (Maleny Bird World).
One Tree Hill Unofficial Lookout
Before McCarthy’s lookout is a vacant block with a fallen down tree. It is a wonderful view and would make for some fun photos, but this is private property and permission should be sought from the owner next door before entering the property (it has a barbed wire fence).
This is a significant site for the owner and there could also be cattle on the property that can’t at first be seen.
Photograph of One Tree Hill taken from the verge without entering the property.
McCarthy’s Lookout has a large covered shelter with some seating and is not far after one tree hill.
The lookout is named after Joseph McCarthy who at age 40 came looking for cedar trees in the Blackall Ranges in 1877. He purchased a 640 acre farm, McCarthy’s Farm, where the lookout stands today. It stayed in the family for 71 years. Read more about the history of the McCarthys here.
Maleny Botanical Gardens/Maleny Bird World/Lookout
From McCarthy’s Lookout it’s only a few minutes to the joint venture of Maleny Botanical Gardens and Maleny Bird World. Enjoy the landscaped gardens, tour the bird aviary, get your photo taken with the colourful birds, or enjoy the best view of the glasshouse mountains with a coffee in a pavilion. Adult entry to both gardens and aviary costs $35. Read more about that here.
A lot of the birds here are rescue birds so are familiar with people and might come and land on your shoulder. You can get your photo taken with colourful parrots (for a price) without going into the Aviary. The birds sit in their own shelters or with their mate, with a description of themselves, where they originate from and any tricks they like performing.
Many locals bring their visitors here and find buying a year pass is an economical way to pay for themselves.
The entrance to the gardens and bird world is via a very steep road down from route #23, but you will see the info sign displaying costs on the road above.
From Maleny Bird World follow Maleny Stanley River Road Route #23 to Maleny.
From Maleny either rejoin the M1 via Landsborough for the dash home, or continue on to Kenilworth to experience some country hospitality.
Maleny, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Situated amongst rolling green hills, the town of Maleny is smack bang in the middle of Dairy country and slightly Hippy in character. It attracts less day trippers than Montville and has an appealing local community vibe.
Strolling down the main street with it’s cool cafes, parks, book shops, health food and gourmet food shops is a relaxing pastime and the thing to do in Maleny.
Maple Street Co-op. Society
While exploring Maleny’s streetscape drop into Maple Street Co-op Society. An intriguing organic food shop that is seriously comprehensive.
If you’re looking for special dietary foods this place is jam crammed full of them so bring a shopping bag to stock up your pantry (or buy one of the variety available for sale).
Outside on the footpath is a lovely assortment of budget priced healthy organic potted herbs and exotic pot plants like Hoyas. I was so tempted and if I hadn’t recently stocked up, would have had a ball.
Where to Eat in Maleny
Maleny Food Company
We always indulge in a Gelato or two from Maleny Food Co. They also offer reasonably priced breakfasts, burgers, grazing plates, sandwiches plus a kids menu. Collect a picnic lunch with 48 hours notice or a cheese box with 24 hours notice.
Maleny Food Co. Fromagerie Cold Room
Maleny Food Co. are passionate about cheese. They have a dedicated cold room which is worth popping into for a look or a taste. The cold room has more than 250 Australian and International cheeses maturing to perfection. The photo above only shows a sample of what is available.
Recommendation: Eat at Sarah’s Unplugged. Dog Friendly. Kid Friendly. Lots of eating areas. Great Burgers.
Where to Drink in Maleny
Brouhaha is located in a mini shopping centre which is itself rather strange at first, but once inside it’s not odd at all.
Yes – that is real live Devil’s Ivy hanging from the ceiling planters.
Continue through the Brewery interior onto the airy deck for lovely tree views, beer and bar meals.
Open since 2016, Brouhaha have sculpted their brews from 30 down to a core of 8 enhanced by seasonal brews, collabs and limited releases.
100 year old Maleny Hotel was once the meeting place for bullock drivers but has changed along with the times.
There are many different drinking and eating areas in this hotel, with lots of beautiful polished timber and inviting grassed area at the rear.
Bookshops in Maleny
There are two bookshops in the main street of Maleny that bookaholics will delight in.
I found the final in a travel memoir trilogy at Maleny Bookshop at 41 Maple Street, having searched for it far and wide. The pre-loved book was in perfect condition and reasonably priced. The owner lavishes love on her books and keeps them in genre and author alphabetical order, making them super easy to find.
P.S. Books is not far away and looked like a great shop too.
Maleny Bookshop/P.S. Books
Spicers Tamarind Resort
Find the turn-off into Obi Lane South at the 2.4 km mark past Maleny State School heading toward Montville. It’s a further 1.2 km along the lane passing Spicers Tamarind Resort on the right to get the the falls carpark.
As well as luxury accommodation, Spicers hides a gorgeous dining room specialising in Asian Cuisine and extensive landscaped gardens. Guests can access Gardners Falls from the gardens.
Take a coffee on the deck or in the garden and watch the water dragons play.
Recommendation: Take coffee in the gardens at Spicers Tamarind Retreat and experience budget priced luxury.
These falls are not huge but the water is refreshingly chilly. A rope swing into the pool from on high (too high for me) attracts crowds of onlookers. The falls descend into the pool from ground level so you don’t look up to them (unless you’re in the pool).
The large flat rock surrounding the pool invites picnics and sun-bathing.
Take the easy 300 m walk from carpark to falls pool. The path follows the creek with little pools along the way perfect for children to play in.
Maleny to Kenilworth Road Trip
Follow the brown Kenilworth Tourist Drive Signs out of Maleny.
Driving down the Blackall Ranges from Maleny to Kenilworth is dramatically quick. Within 10 minutes of departing Maleny we arrived at the bottom of the range. It is fun, without too many twists and turns and before you know it, tourist towns and mountains are a thing of the past and wide open farmland is your new companion.
On the way to Kenilworth the road bypasses the little town of Witta. If it’s the third Saturday of the month, stop off at their country market.
There are a heap of day trip and camping possibilities on the way to Kenilworth.
Booloumba Falls and Booloumba Creek Camping
These falls and campgrounds are in Conondale National Park and are accessed by 4WD roads. A 4WD is required to cross Booloumba Creek to the camping and day use areas.
The turnoff to the camping areas and day areas are 13 km past the small town of Conondale. Sunday Creek Road is a further 500m.
Camping Areas 1 and 3 are for tents only. Camping Area 4 caters for high clearance campervan, camper trailers and caravans. Mysteriously there is no Camping Area 2.
Allow 2 hours for the 3km return walk to the falls.
This required more time than we had available, but after it rains next, we will be returning for a dedicated camping trip to explore the campgrounds and falls them all in detail.
Cambroon Caravan Park
Cambroon offers farmstay-like experiences namely, collecting eggs, petting guinea pigs and feeding deer. There are hiking paths and BYO horse riding trails. Facilities include a free laundry, hot showers, BBQ’s, Firewood for Sale, Camp Kitchen and dogs are welcome. You can even park your tiny home in their Tiny Village.
They offer powered and unpowered sights, a bunk house, Jungle House (2 bedroom cabin) or you can just come for the day to enjoy the activities for $5.00/person 3 y.o. and over.
Little Yabba Park
Continue along Maleny-Kenilworth Road #22, stopping 6.2 km south of Kenilworth at Little Yabba Park.
This pretty free camping sunshine coast spot is the starting point for a 1100 m long (Moreton Bay) Fig Tree Walk. The fig trees produce purple fruits that the resident Woompoo Doves thrive on. Other wildlife includes the ubiquitous bush turkeys, fruit bats and possums.
The Park has long drop toilets, BBQ’s, Picnic Tables and water but no drinking water. Little Yabba Creek joins the Mary River here so the swimming is good.
Be sure to read the information board, to familiarize yourself with the giant stinging trees.
The Mary River at Little Yabba Park is a popular kayaking stop on a longer Mary River trip. This day there was a misty rain falling.
Charlie Moreland Camping Area
Turn left from the highway after Little Yabba Park to Charlie Moreland Camping area. Charlie is divided into a day use area and camping areas, including a horse paddock.
The campground is approx. 5 km along the gravel Sunday Creek road suitable for 2WD vehicles. It was very dry and hot during our day visit and we suggest going after rain. Attractions include easy walks, swimming and wildlife visits from pademelons in afternoon/evenings, Wompoo pigeons, black cockatoos, sulphur crested cockatoos, pythons (eek) and campfires when there are no fire bans. Book camp sites beforehand and BYO wood.
Things to do in Kenilworth
The reward for driving that little bit further beyond Mapleton, Montville and Maleny to Kenilworth, is a charming taste of Queensland Country Life that harks back to the 1930’s.
Situated in the Upper Mary River Valley at the back of the Blackall Range, Kenilworth has a population of 300 and an Entrepreneurial spirit.
The tree-lined road into Kenilworth from Maleny.
Kenilworth’s Arts Fest
Kenilworth’s Annual Arts Festival, formerly known as Kenilworth Celebrates, was on 4th – 7th October 2019.
Kenilworth’s Cheese Festival
This Annual Festival was held on 29th June, 2019.
The Upper Mary River at Kenilworth
Turn right at the Showgrounds opposite Kenilworth Dairies into Charles Street to find Kenilworth Park close to the Mary River. There is a sculpted stone park seat featuring the lung fish and information board about the endangered Mary River Turtle, Australian Lung Fish and Mary River Cod.
Explore Kenilworth’s Main Street.
Everything happens in Kenilworth’s main street. Coming from Little Yabba Park direction, arrive at the southern end of the main street where Kenilworth Cheese Factory has free cheese tastings daily and an extensive range of gourmet produce. The ice-creams are beautiful and there is some seating out the front.
Drag yourself away to walk north past the leafy Kenilworth Park, delving into some interesting shops and cafes. We recommend our tried and tested Nanna McGinns Scones jam and cream on the deck or eating in at Kenilworth Bakery – we can vouch for Pasties.
I love the pretty angel statue at Kenilworth House, a private residence at the northern end of town opposite the pub.
The pub has a tempting menu, art deco interior, historic photos and timber deck out the back.
Recommendation: Ladies will love Johanna Designs funky boutique crammed full of clothes and accessories and extreme eaters will have of course already pre-ordered a famous Kenilworth Bakery 1kg Doughnut.
Camping at Kenilworth Showgrounds
Many tourists that pass through Kenilworth are on an Around Australia road trip and camp at the popular and budget friendly Kenilworth Showgrounds campground.
Kenilworth to Mapleton
Drive down Obi Obi Road for 22 minutes to reconnect with our starting point at Mapleton.
Free Camping at Obi Obi Creek
13 km from Kenilworth on Obi Obi Road there are two free camps.
On the right of the road is Bonney Park a treed park with flat ground and tall trees.
On the left after the Obi Obi Creek is Obi Obi Creek free camp. It is more or less situated in the dry creek bed which could be a worry for flash flooding. There was a feral rooster in a tree on our last visit who may or may not have ended up in someone’s pot by now.
Enjoy the lovely drive through farmland on the way to the Blackall Ranges and Mapleton.
Obi Obi Community Hall
But first of all pass by the fabulously red/brown barn-like structure that is Obi Obi Community Hall. The hall celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary in October 2013 having been restored in 2000.
Obi Obi Community Hall
This community owned hall is a wedding and function venue available for a limited number of functions each year.
The Blackall Ranges
Continuing on, the road climbs back through the Blackall Ranges. It is steep but bitumen from this direction. The road is divided at the range with a steep gravel section from the Mapleton side.
You will see the turnoff to Mapleton Falls on the left before Mapleton.
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland road trip finishes where it started in Mapleton.