The most popular aspect about the location of the Maleny Wildlife Holiday House is its close proximity to Gardner’s Falls on the Maleny Trail.
It’s a rainforest walk and has all the features of a rainforest but it has the great experience of a fresh water swim after. You will find two swing ropes; one lower, and a high one for the very brave. (Just a jump from the rocks to the water is enough for us!) The swimming hole is huge so it has plenty of space for all that go there for a swim. It also is cool so is a favourite cool off place for hot days here in Maleny. It has the biggest swim hole of all the waterfall swim holes at its base around the Hinterland. It can be reached by road along the Spicer’s Resort turn off and its brown tourist sign can be seen on the road into Maleny. It is a part of the Obi Creek which is the main Creek in Maleny and has a spring fed dam that is on the Holiday House property as one of the feeders to this creek; another reason we keep the grounds chemical free. The lights around the dam may look like a resort style illumination but it is a deterrent for toads and helps keep green frogs numerous on the property.
Kondalilla National Park is another rainforest walk near Montville also featuring a waterfall and a swimming hole. It takes about 15 minutes to get there from the Holiday House but absolutely worth every step. Guests say the walk is a bit steep but the scenery is fantastic. There is a Eucalyptus forest above and rainforest below. It has 107 species of birds, 70 reptiles, and 32 frog species. The walk is a 1.7 km class 2 track (class 3 in parts.. mostly optional routes). The turn off is well marked off the main road going to Mapleton just before Flaxton. It is a feature of the Great Hinterland walk so there is a basic camp spot just for walkers. It has picnic tables and space for many large groups to enjoy having a get together.
Maleny has a beautiful Botanic Garden which is a sensory delight of plants, small waterfalls, and scenery. It’s open 9am until 4.30pm every day (except Christmas Day) and has this description on its website:
It is a photographers delight!
“Maleny Botanic Gardens currently cover 14 acres and are always expanding. Situated on one hundred and ten acres, they are surrounded by magnificent rainforest with spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
Over 6 kilometres of walking paths meander around thousands of different plants, ranging from roses, azaleas and annuals to some of the rarest cycads in the world. All of which are complemented by numerous lakes and waterfalls – providing countless options for photography.”
Maleny has also a green space. A small park beside the library and many tourists use this as a timeout or picnic spot.
Mapleton Falls also is a National Park with rainforest and open eucalyptus forest communities are protected here. Mapleton Falls plunges 120m into the valley below.
During warmer months listen for frogs in the pool beside the causeway. There is a natural formation of hexagonal shapes formed by volcanic activity approximately 25 million years ago. There are also walks in this area; the main one being the Great Hinterland walk. It is also marked when you get to the town but turn left once you get just past the pub!
Guests may also be interested in Baroon Lake. It is a national park that features walks, swimming, canoeing(BYO canoe), fishing, and Picnic/BBQ facilities.
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