Less than 2 hours from Brisbane you’ll find peace and tranquility in the form of Maleny. Dreamy forests, quiet viewpoints and great coffee, we’re wondering why you aren’t already in the car!


  • Mind blowing views of Glass House Mountains
  • Lovely Gardens (Botanic gardens)
  • Waterfall (Gardners Falls)

The Lowdown

Everyone knows that before any good microadventure coffee is required! Shotgun espresso is a cute European influenced rustic coffee shop located in the main drag of Maleny. I suggest heading there if you’re after that perfect coffee hit before your adventure.

There is something so magical about freshwater swimming spots. Gardners Falls which is located a short stroll downstream of the lush banks of the Obi Obi Creek is surely magical.  The freezing cold water mixed with the peaceful dreamy forest just makes this spot special.  Floating around the waterhole in the calm waters is great for healing away the stresses from the crazy week at work. If you’re after thrills, Gardners Falls has a legit tree swing which is pretty epic.

Escape to Australia's Most Tranquil Town // Maleny (QLD) Darcy Swain river, long exposure

As the sun starts to go down over the waterhole it’s time to jump back in the car and watch the sun go down over the Glass House Mountains.  Forget about heading to crowded One Tree Hill, I suggest you keep driving west along Mountain View Road or Maleny Stanley River Road and find a nice grassy spot to pull up, or even better head to the magical Botanic Gardens.

On a clear day you can see Brisbane city perched in the far distance which is awesome.  By now the sun is going to sleep and the afternoon sky looks dreamy to wrap up a day of exploring a nook of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

It’s adventures like these that encourage us to take in a big breath and appreciate the life we have.

Essential Gear

  • Car
  • Water or cold beers
  • Camera, lenses and tripod — want to nail that perfect shot of the Glass House Mountains? Using a telescopic lens is essential
  • Swimming attire
  • Round floaty

 How To Get There

Maleny is located approx. 90km drive north of Brisbane (1,480ft above sea level).

Gardners Falls (Maleny) — Obi Ln, Drive to the car park on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek.


  • Swimming (warmer months)
  • Bushwalk
  • Picnics
  • Photography

Skill Level


Distance Covered

Gardners Falls — 800 m / 15-20 minute return


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