Things to do in the Sunchine Coast hinterland

The area

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland, 400 - 460m ASL, is an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Home to charming, historic townships with shops, galleries, museums, eateries and vineyards combined with national parks, waterfalls and magnificent vistas, the hinterland has activities for everyone.


Visit the Flaxton, Maleny, Montville, Kenilworth villages or any number of tourist attractions including the Glasshouse Mountains, Ginger Factory, Eumundi Markets, Kenilworth, Big Pineapple and its tree-top adventure and more so schedule in a few days!

Art and craft galleries, potteries, antique shops and museums.

The hinterland is home to a wealth of artistic talent where you can laze away hours in art galleries with many works proudly displayed in local galleries.

Montville Artisan Village has many wonderful stores to purchase hand-made items.

The Eumundi Markets are close by and operate on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.  Internationally recognised these are the largest outdoor markets in the southern hemisphere.

There are wonderful drives or rides surrounding us including down the back of the range to Kenilworth and Crystal Waters.

Arts & culture

The history

The Blackall Range is the product of a volcanic extrusion, with a maximum height of 450 metres. It was named in 1874, after Sir Samuel Blackall, Governor of Queensland (1864-1871).

Mapleton was first known as Blackall Range, then Luton Vale. Early settlers in the area grew fruit, vegetables and cereal crops. The first timber cutters extracted red cedar and beech timber taking it to Nambour. The area was officially named Mapleton in 1894 at the suggestion of early settler William Smith who had read about "a pretty little place on top of a hill named Mapleton in England".

Iconic area

In 2008 the Deputy Premier declared four iconic areas of Queensland:

•  Blackall Range (where we are)

•  Central Capricorn Coast (Livingstone Localities)  

•  Port Douglas

•  Noosa

Nature  & recreation

Bush Walking


You can choose to take a leisurely stroll; exert yourself or walk for days around the many wonderful walks and trails nearby.

If you wish to walk from one destination to another, you can leave your car at point and we will drop you off at the other end.  For example, leave your car in the Kondallila Falls Car park and start your trek from Lake Baroon.  A great walk.

The HInterland Great Walk can take 4 days and covers approximately 60km.

Picnic spots and swimming holes


Visit the spectacular Kondalilla Falls and take a refreshing dip in this quitessential watering hole or have a splash along the waterways at Gardener's Falls.

Food & wine

Just 1km from Eden Lodge you can dine at the very popular Bella Vista Italian restaurant, FishTales, Mapleton Tavern or one of three cafes.


3km's in the opposite direction is the spectacular wedding venue and restaurant, Flaxton Gardens.  If you are meat lover, you may like to book a dinner for the Steak & Ribs night every other Monday.


Further along is the fantastic French restaurant Le Coq Bressan.


As you make your way into and around Montville and Maleny you can experience some gorgeous restaurants,  casual dining spots, coffee or even waffles.

We are only 20km from Yandina and often have guests either dining at or attending a cooking class at Spirit House.


31km away is Eumundi that not only has great food at their world famous markets each Wednesday and Saturday, but also has some fine restaurants and renovated pubs to try.


There are around a dozen wineries in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland including Flame Hill, Maleny Mountain Wines, Maroochy Sprints, Settlers Rise and Kenilworth Bluff.


Take a tour and stop in at Eumundi, Yandina, Kenilworth, Montville and Maleny to try a local drop.

Australia's Nature Coast

Spanning the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts, Australia's Nature Coast offers unbeatable natural experiences in some of the world's most diverse and pristine National Parks, rainforests and waterways.



Mark Twain famously suggested that "playing golf ruins a good walk".  We golfing 'tragics' disagree! There are plenty of golf courses nearby to choose from (13 courses within 40 minutes!).


Resort courses such as Noosa Springs and Twin Waters, the new Maroochy River course designed by Graham Marsh, established courses such as Noosa, Headland and our favourite, Beerwah of Baker-Finch fame, seen from Charlie's paraglider below.