This is the thirteenth of my Highlights and today we visit an area of Queensland which is enchantingly beautiful. High in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, north of Brisbane, you’ll find the two small towns Maleny and Montville, which have the reputation of attracting artists and other creative people.
Here in Montville we found an exquisite cuckoo clock shop which made me feel I was in the heart of the Bavarian overlands. Montville and Maleny are both so pretty: picturesque mountain villages.
We stopped at the Poets Cafe in Montville for coffee. White iron lace balustrades terraces, sublime mountain views, a Chapel glimpsed through the trees: this cafe conjured up for me the ambiance of an elegant Konditorei and I couldn’t help imagining what it would be like to take a spiritual and creative retreat here… permanently!
The Poets Cafe and views, Montville, Sunshine Coast hinterland, Queensland.
Later we drove on to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve located, as we learned, in Jinibara Country. From there can be viewed a glorious panorama of the Glasshouse Mountains, each one identified with aboriginal dreamtime legends about the eleven members of Tibrogargan’s family.
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