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Montville

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Montville is a small tourist-orientated town in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia. High in the Blackall Ranges, with some spectacular views, it's known for its large numbers of arts and crafts galleries, gift and specialty shops, tea rooms, restaurants and cafes. Located right next door to Maleny, the alternative cooperatives centre, which is famous in its own right. It is about a two-hour drive from nearby Brisbane and is generally cooler and less humid in the summer months, cold and damp in winter. The Kondalilla Falls are the most popular natural attraction in this area.

Get in[edit]

The easiest way into Montville is by road from either the south or north via the Bruce Highway to Landsborough from the South, or through Nambour if coming from the North and then up into the Blackall Ranges towards Maleny.

By car[edit]

From Brisbane go over the Gateway Bridge and through the toll leading onto the Bruce Highway. Follow the signs to the Sunshine Coast. After 10 km take the Glass House Mountains and Australia Zoo exit on the left (there is a big brown sign mentioning Beerburrum, Maleny and Landsborough, as well as signs to Australia Zoo). Then look for the signs for Maleny as you transit Landsborough and begin the climb up a steep road into the Blackall Ranges towards Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. Be aware that the Sunshine Coast is a popular weekend getaway for Brisbanites, so expect a slightly longer drive in this direction on a Friday afternoon. You will also have to pay the toll on the Gateway Bridge as you leave south Brisbane.

By bus[edit]

Glasshouse Country Coaches run from the Landsborough railway station to Maleny. Tel: +61 7-5496 9249. Another route is from Maleny to Nambour via the town[1]

By train[edit]

The nearest train station is at Landsborough [2]. Queensland Rail (QR) Tel: 13 16 17.

By air[edit]

The nearest and most convenient airport (about a 35 minute drive from Montville) is the Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola, near Maroochydore. Tel: +61 7-5453-1500. Next closest is Brisbane International Airport, slightly more than a hour away by road.

Get around[edit]

Montville and the other communities of the Blackall Ranges are spread out over a fairly large area. You'll need a car to enjoy your stay here.

  • Range Taxi Service - Tel: 0418 711 989 (mobile) 24 hours.

Connect[edit]

  • Montville Visitor Information Centre - Main Street. Tel: +61 7-5478-5544.

See[edit]

  • Kondalilla National Park, +61 7-5494-3983. On Western Avenue about 4 km north of the centre of Montville. 327 hectares of lush subtropical rainforest and tall open forest plus the striking Kondalilla Falls dropping 90 metres from Skene Creek into picturesque water pools below. Parking area, picnic facilities, barbecues, shelter sheds, toilets, a lookout and three walking trails. No fresh water available. Can become quite crowded during peak holiday periods.
  • Flame Hill Vineyard and Winery, 249 Western Avenue, +61 7-5478 5558. Award-winning wines. Open daily.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Australis of Montville Antiques, 162 Main Street, +61 7-5442-9400. Antiques, jewelry, Russian amber, Chinese glassware, silver collectibles and furniture.
  • Cadman Cottage, 186 Main Street, +61 7-5442-9188. Books on Feng Shui personal development.
  • Main Street Gallery, 167 Main Street, +61 7-5478-5050. Australian art & design -- ceramics, glassware, jewelry, sculptures, woodcraft.
  • Montville Health Foods and Hintertech Solutions, 182 Main Street, +61 7-5478-5033.
  • Montville Herbs and Scents, 171 Main Street, +61 7-5478-5955. Herbal products, teas, tonics, potpourri, essential oils, soaps and lotions. Services of clairvoyant arranged by appointment.
  • Sunshine Coast Crafts, 156 Main Street, +61 7-5442-9495. Wide range of locally-made crafts.
  • The Italian Shop, 188 Main Street, +61 7-5478-5500. Everything Italian -- Murano Venetian glass, Italian figurines, jewelry, watches, clowns and masks.
  • Verde of Montville, 174 Main Street, +61 7-5478-5855. Italian natural products for personal care of men & women plus quilts, towels and bed linen.

Eat[edit]

  • Camphor Cottage, 190 Main Street, +61 7-5442-9300. Traditional 'Queenslander' building with wide verandahs and a rainforest garden setting. Casual dining atmosphere and extensive menu. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea daily. Gift shop attached.
  • Ice Cream Emporium and Cafe, 184 Main Street, +61 7-5478-5300. 24 flavours of gourmet ice cream & yoghurts plus snacks.
  • Montville Cafe Bar and Grill, +61 7-5478-5535. Main Street. Great food & entertainment, as well as a traditional Montville Pub atmosphere. Open from Wednesday to Monday, complimentary evening courtesy bus available.
  • Montville Coffee Pot, Shop 13, 168-170 Main St, +61 7 5478-5522. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Caters for vegetarians.
  • Montville Patisserie and Bakery, 176 Main Street, +61 7-5442-9487. Breads, pies and pastries are handmade on site. Tea & coffee & village views. Special flourless cakes, gluten-free or yeast-free breads available.
  • Poet's Cafe, 167 Main Street, +61 7-5478-5050. Coffee, cakes and snacks in lush, tropical surroundings. Breakfast and lunch seven days. Dinners on Friday. Wedding reception facilities.
  • Shali's Cafe, 176 Main Street, +61 7-5442-9488. Specializing in Homemade Indian Dishes, lasagne, quiche, soups and burgers. Open 7 days for Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Drink[edit]

  • Montville Cafe Bar and Grill, +61 7-5478-5535. Main Street. Great food & entertainment, as well as a traditional Montville Pub atmosphere. Open from Wednesday to Monday, complimentary evening courtesy bus available.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Montville Grove (Montville Grove Rainforest Cottages), 318 Western Avenue Montville, Sunshine Coast 4560 Australia (3.2 km from Montville), +61 7-5442 9186. Check-in: 2:00pm, check-out: 10:00am. Self-contained accommodation in Montville for couples. Three cottages with spas, fires and views. from $270 per night.
  • Clouds of Montville, 166 Balmoral Road, +61 7-5442-9174. Self-contained cottages, suites and rooms on five landscaped acres.
  • Montville Heart Apartment, Main Street, +61 7-5442-9529. 2 bedroom apartment in the middle of town.
  • 2 Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat (Narrows Escape), 78 Narrows Rd Montville, Sunshine Coast 4560 Australia (Follow signs to Lake Baroon), +61 7-5478-5000. Check-in: 2:00pm, check-out: 11:00am. Four and a half star eco-accredited boutique luxury self contained cottages for couples set in secluded rainforest from $285 per couple.

Go next[edit]

  • Flaxton - another small Blackall Ranges town, perhaps the prettiest of all, just a few minutes drive from Montville. See the Flaxton Barn and Model Railway.
  • Mary Valley Rattler - Tozer Street, Gympie. Tel: +61 7-5482-2750. Steam Locomotive Scenic Tours operated from Gympie, an hour's drive north of Montville. The Mary Valley Heritage Railway runs steam, railmotor and diesel passenger tours on the Mary Valley Line of Queensland Rail as a non-profit venture, owned and operated by the local community.
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