Insider Tip: Sunshine Coast hinterland ideal for family fun
For a Sunshine Coast holiday of a different kind – where time passes more slowly, crowds are diffused, and green is the new blue – I took the family to the hinterland, only a 40-minute drive from Mooloolaba. Here, rolling hills and vistas stretch in every direction, quaint towns ooze country charm and pockets of rainforest stand tall.
The best breakfast we found was in the unassuming town of Mapleton. This tiny village is home to La Botiga, a family-run cafe with a laid-back charm. The menu is small but satisfying – think granola with fruit and yoghurt, breakfast stacks with salmon, or fruit toast served quite literally on a silver platter. Wash it all down with a pot of local tea from the Obi Obi Essentials range (the green tea infused with ginger is divine) and indulge in the no-rush vibe that defines the area.
No hinterland visit would be complete without a bushwalk, so we headed to the Kondalilla Falls circuit track. The subtropical wonderland of rainforest is perfect for tramping and the rock pools are a great way to cool off. The walk to the base of the waterfall includes 100 stairs to climb during the trail, but the views of the Kondalilla Falls cascading 80 metres down a sheer rock face is well worth the hike.
- Melissa Irvine, Flight Centre Shortland Street