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Hidden Hinterland highlights

Hidden Hinterland highlights

Hidden high in the hills above the golden sands of the Sunshine Coast’s famous beaches lies the lush forests and glittering streams of the Hinterland. From tranquil walks among waterfalls to rainforest retreats, the Hinterland will have you reconnecting with nature and even with yourself. Located just 30 minutes from the popular beaches of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba, the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland is a haven of serenity.

Take a walk on the wide side

One of the best ways to explore the Hinterland is on foot. With a number of trails to suit a wide range of abilities, you can take a leisurely stroll underneath shady canopies, or set a brisk pace up a steep track to experience magnificent views across the Glass House Mountains. For those wanting to take it a little slower and enjoy the flora and fauna, the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Rainforest Discovery Centre is a great spot for a day out.

Experience incredible animal encounters at Australia Zoo

See the legend live on at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Show – an educational adventure highlighting the zoo’s conservation efforts, and bringing you face to face with birds of prey, slithering snakes and, of course, crocs! The zoo is not only an opportunity to see hundreds of different species, but it’s also a chance to see Irwin’s vision for wildlife protection and conservation firsthand.

Eat, shop and explore in the local villages

Dotted among the hills are quaint villages and rural towns, each with their own unique vibes and flavours. Sitting 436 metres above sea level is the dairy town of Maleny. For something tasty, stop in at Maleny Cheese to sample some local produce, or get right among the action with a tour of Maleny Dairies. Once you’ve tried the local fare, head to Maleny Lane, a small alley in the centre of town featuring cuisines from all over the world and live music performances on weekends.

To find out more about the Hinterland’s highlights, read the Winter 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!

Image: Glass House Mountains (C) Tourism and Events Queensland.

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