While the Sunshine Coast in Queensland is famed for beaches and surfing, the Hinterland area offers exciting discoveries away from the coast and amidst stunning mountain backdrops.
The Glass House Mountains
Made up of volcanic plugs that date back millions of years ago, the Glass House Mountains are part of a national park with much to explore. Ideal for excursions from an Alexandra Headlands hotel, this area has an amazing lookout point at the Beerburrum State Forest and offers abseiling, hiking, rock climbing, and more.
A town full of old-world charm, Beerwah can be found in the Glass House Mountains area, around a 30-minute drive from properties like Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort. Experienced climbers can look to make the ascent up Mount Beerwah, while families will love the Australia Zoo; home of famed Steve Irwin, the zoo offers unforgettable wildlife encounters.
Another town in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Maleny is set amidst the inspiring beauty of the Blackall Range. You can explore rainforest trails at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve or enjoy some birdwatching too. The town also has arts and craft galleries as well as restaurants and cafes for some foodie discoveries.
The town of Kenilworth has an atmosphere that harks back to the 1920s and is well worth visiting including its historical museum and a couple of art galleries. Located in the upper Mary Valley Country, it also offers activities like fishing, horse riding, and hiking at the picturesqueKenilworth State Forest.