Sharing the wonders of travel & everyday adventures
Sometimes I just need to get out of town, out of routine.
I find myself craving an open road with the windows down; bird calls echoing into silence; hypnotic ocean blue. So, with very few plans in place, I recruited the enthusiasm of my man, threw a bag in the car, cranked the tunes and drove north in search of such delights.
First stop on our weekend mini-break was a highway exit about 50 kilometres north of the Brisbane suburbs ….to consult a map.
The second was the winter-quiet King’s Beach at Caboolture, where the fish is fish-like, the chips are crispy (just how I like them) and the locals show impressive resilience in wet-skin, cold-wind situations .
A short drive up a ‘very steep incline’ (as the drama-red road signs announced), past frost-bitten paddocks and through the buzzing hinterland town of Maleny, found us at stop number three: a little spa retreat in Witta. Stocked with local culinary delights – olives marinated in dill, smoked cheese, garlic pepperoni, vine-dried grapes and organic hummus – we settled into what can only be described as stereotypical romantic decadence - bubbly spa, sinking golden sun behind mountains, a pale-black sky of stars.
The morning brought a cooked breakfast to our door, three donkeys outside our window, and a howling wind to brave as we set out to explore.
Maleny is a place you go to do all the fun urban things you can’t seem to make time for at home…. like spending two hours in a book store, eating ice-cream mid morning, people-watching, and picnicking. Eclectic charm jumps from every shop-window, with wallet-tingling niche retail and hospitality, such as:
Out of town there is a lot to enjoy, such as:
For more travel info about Maleny, the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland, also check out http://www.hinterlandtourism.com.au/ .