This Sunshine Coast hinterland drive is for the romantic at heart and those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Retreat to the havens of Maleny and Montville where you can spend an intimate weekend wandering these two towns, exploring natural wonders and dining on local produce. Spend the night in charming Montville.
They say food is an aphrodisiac and visitors are spoilt for choice at the Eumundi Markets, home to more than 500 stalls nestled under towering heritage-listed fig trees. Staged each Saturday and Wednesday, this is a great place to start your romantic journey and also Australia's largest art, craft and produce market. You will discover original artworks, sculptures, and furniture, handmade toys, home wares, and skincare.
Considered by some as the "creative soul" of the Sunshine Coast, wind your way west and up towards Montville and let the panoramic views melt your stress away. For the keen shopper, you'll love the many craft shops, fashion boutiques and gift shops. Don't forget to pop into the candy store for a sweet treat. As you head towards Maleny you'll discover Maleny Cheese with award-winning cheeses including hand-crafted waxed cheddars, creamy camembert and brie cheese, and crumbly fetta. While sampling your favourite cheeses, learn about the process that goes into making the tasty morsels. In the heart of Maleny there's a range of eclectic shops along Maple Street. Take a gastronomy tour of the cafes and indulge in local foods or try the Sunshine Coast Food Trail for some hidden gems, and don't forget to duck into the lolly shop to satisfy your sweet tooth. If food isn't your thing, then peruse the various antique shops for a one-of-a-kind purchase or relax at one of the many couples retreats at a spa resort like Spicers Clovelly or Tamarind.