Sunday Drive Maleny


Sunday Drive Maleny, Sunshine Coast. Australia

We headed north early by the Steve Irwin Way passing pineapple stalls and avocado farms as we ascended into the subtropical air and took in the spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains. Some people stop and stretch their legs in the enchanting Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for a fix of nature. We stopped at the little park at the Library at the start of the artists’ hub of Maleny. 

Kim headed up to the Sunday Markets held in the Maleny Community Centre. The markets give individuals a place to show and sell their handmade goods. A chance to show-off their hobbies or share their talents. You are ensured of finding something "different".  The market is conveniently located opposite the Maleny Hotel and an indoor market that runs rain, hail or shine. This is also the perfect place to find vinyl records and books to add to your collection. 

Maggie Counihan and her husband leave their home in Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast and head to the markets in Maleny.

For many years Maggie has been selling her beautiful hand made and self designed 'pinnies' or 'aprons' as they are otherwise known. Part proceeds go to the children of Sunrise Cambodia.

Burnt Art by Ann – Ann Blay, Personalised Gifts – Maleny Markets Every Sunday

You will also find an extensive range of figurines, glassware, china, dinnerware, silverware and memorabilia. From the markets we headed up Maple Street to an ever changing eclectic range of stores. Make sure you pop into Gary Myers Art Gallery for vibrant landscape paintings, David Linton Furniture and Timber Works for ornate wooden crafts or the fabulous cheese range at Maleny Food Co. 

Maple street is home to numerous cafes, restaurants, breweries, Ice-creameries, markets and food stalls. Start your day with a coffee from one of the high street cafes. New addition to Maple Street is Maleny Lane. Market Lane is a place that brings everyone together. With local businesses serving up delicious local produce from cuisines all over the world, this is the place to come and get some local Maleny food when you’re in town. 

Decorated with plants and fairy lights, Maleny Lane is like stepping into a magical, tropical getaway. Seating is provided, with shade sails overhead, and live music adds a chilled out vibe.  Live music performed by local musicians from 12 to 2pm every Saturday and Sunday. On Fridays, they have a special monthly Renegade Funk Jam Nights. 


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Breakfast at with a View at The Edge Restaurant 

For a delicious breakfast accompanied by stunning panoramic hinterland views, grab a table at The Edge Restaurant (open from 8:30am, 7 days) at the top of Main Street beside the Candle Shoppe (another store well worth visiting for its huge range of boutique candles).


Have a Pie for Lunch at Maleny Pie Guy

If the name hasn’t already given it away, this hinterland favourite specialises in pies of all sorts, shapes and sizes. And that kind of sole focus, has paid off, the pies here are next-level. Using only the best ingredients, all of the beef options, including the Malaysian rendang or the classic, but super popular, traditional chunky steak pies are made from grass fed Maleny Black Angus Beef. One mouthful and you’ll taste the difference.


Dinner at Terrace of Maleny

Continue along Mountain View Road to the Landsborough-Maleny Road T-intersection. Here you can enjoy dinner at sensational seafood restaurant Terrace of Maleny with views out to the valley.


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Maleny Dairies Farm Tours 

If you’ve booked your Sunshine Coast Hinterland accommodation at Hunchy’s to take in a weekday or a Saturday, when you’re back on Landsborough-Maleny Road heading towards Maleny, turn right onto McCarthy Road to visit Maleny Dairies for a farm tour. Tours last an hour and a half, leaving at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.


Maleny Botanic Gardens and Birdworld 

Continue south down McCarthy Road and turn left onto Mountain View Road for a pit-stop at McCarthy’s Lookout before pulling up at Maleny Botanic Gardens and Birdworld, off Maleny-Stanley River Road for one of the most beautiful vistas on the Sunshine Coast and an absolute treat for nature lovers & green thumbs. Open 7 days from 9am to 4.30pm, this wonderful attraction offers over 6 kilometres of walking trials through sprawling gardens including rainforest, lakes and waterfalls, with the incredible Glass House Mountains as a backdrop. It is also home to aviaries full of Australian and exotic birdlife, including macaws. 



Tony And Kim Outdoor Adventures acknowledges the Jinibara People's heritage and ongoing connection to country. We pay respect to elders past, present and emerging. The Jinibara People are the mountain people. Their name means "people of the lawyer vine" (bara meaning "people" and Jini meaning "lawyer vine"). They are therefore the traditional people who live in the mountains and valleys where lawyer vine grows.

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