The Maleny Trail and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Walks

Discover the charms of Maleny on a self-guided walking tour. 

The delightful Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny lies in picture-postcard dairy country. Located high in the Blackall Range, just 90 minutes north of Brisbane, Maleny is renowned for its numerous scenic spots, sensational local produce, and vibrant arts and culture scene.

The walk starts from the Maleny Showground and takes you on a relaxing stroll where you’ll discover postcard-perfect outlooks from numerous viewing platforms, enchanting “Peace in the Trees” sculptures, the inspirational Poetry Sculpture Trail and the Cloud Walk Pathway. If you’re lucky, you may even see a platypus in the Obi Obi Creek.

The 6.7km walk is lined with more than 18,000 trees and native plants making it an ideal way to unwind and reconnect with nature. There are plenty of seats along the way if you need to catch your breath, as well as numerous picnic spots and BBQ areas. 

Park in the Maleny Showgrounds and cross the Obi Obi Creek via the footbridge. Follow the banks along the boardwalk. Early mornings or late afternoons are the best time to spot Platypus. Step out onto the footpath and walk past the library, across the road and to the boardwalk at the back of the Riverside Centre. Follow the well signed trail along the creek, and around the golf course, then down Parklands Drive to retrace your steps. Dogs can be taken but must stay on lead. A delightful walk with over 54,000 trees planted along the trail.

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Baroon Lookout

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