Burst­ing with eater­ies and nat­u­ral beauty

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IF SUR­ROUND­ING your­self with green rolling hills and breath­tak­ing coastal views sounds like your per­fect get­away or an ideal lo­ca­tion for your for­ever home, then Maple­ton is the one for you. Ex­ud­ing charm and beauty, this hin­ter­land town is well re­garded for its quaint vil­lage life­style.

In the early 1980s a se­lec­tion of farm­ing or­chards and plan­ta­tions took place, how­ever the unique in­ter­est in Maple­ton is the el­e­va­tion, that of­fers an es­cape from low ly­ing ar­eas.

In 1915 a tramway from Maple­ton via Kureelpa to Nam­bour opened. It car­ried pro­duce to the North Coast rail­way, thereby pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions for lo­cal fruit grow­ers and farm­ers.

With a pop­u­la­tion of 250, Maple­ton was de­scribed as the dairy­ing and fruit grow­ing district in Queens­land.

The vil­lage con­tin­ued to grow in pop­u­la­tion over the next 60 years, af­ter the Sun­shine Coast Tourism added a tourist route through Montville and the Black­all Range.

From sweet treats to or­ganic pro­duce, Maple­ton is home to many lo­cal farm­ers, yet it’s not just cafe’s where you will find fresh food. Sim­ply stop along­side the road. Lo­cal grow­ers of­ten set up shop along Maple­ton streets sell­ing sea­sonal fruit and ve­g­ies. While it may be a small town, lo­cals and vis­i­tors are well fed.

Soak up all the ben­e­fits of lo­cal grown good­ness or en­joy din­ing out at one of Maple­ton’s many restau­rants.

The town is burst­ing with a va­ri­ety of eater­ies from fine din­ing to the bowls club where the beer is cold and the lo­cals are wel­com­ing.

An­other pop­u­lar place to en­joy a meal and share a bot­tle of wine is the Maple­ton Tav­ern. Look­ing out over the Coast, this breath­tak­ing view is as mag­i­cal as the tasty fare.

Speak­ing of breath­tak­ing views, ev­ery sight within Maple­ton is blos­som­ing with nat­u­ral beauty.

The Maple­ton Falls Na­tional Park is a beau­ti­ful re­treat in which to breath in the cool moun­tain air and en­joy the tran­quil sur­rounds.

Lace up the hik­ing boots and ven­ture into the rain­for­est to catch glimpses of the birdlife and pro­tected species of trees as you walk among lush pic­cabeen palm groves, grandiose bunya pines and tall black­butt forests. This is a true par­adise for hik­ers, moun­tain bik­ers and bird­watch­ers.

If a rain­for­est trek isn’t your cup of tea, pre­pare a dif­fer­ent kind of tea and set up a pic­nic along the lush park. With all the ameni­ties for a fun day out, there are bar­be­cues, lots of room for the kids to be kids and even fire­wood pro­vided.

There is no bet­ter way to spend a night than shar­ing sto­ries around the camp­fire. On a clear night, Maple­ton’s wide open skies pro­vide the per­fect plat­form for star gaz­ing.

From star gaz­ing to rain­for­est pic­nics and panoramic coastal views, Maple­ton re­ally is a mag­i­cal place to soak up one of Mother Na­ture’s best kept se­crets.

The long wide vista from Maple­ton.

Walk­ing is a won­der­ful pas­time of Maple­ton.

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