Let Mother Na­ture charm you

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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.

Filled with charm and beauty, Mapleton is known for its gor­geous vil­lage life­style.

It of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing de­signer homes with ex­cep­tional coastal views, cot­tages nes­tled along tree-lined av­enues, hobby farms and larger ru­ral prop­er­ties.

And there are some spec­tac­u­lar re­treats on the gorge to the west of the town.

The me­dian sales price at Oc­to­ber was $521,250, up from $445,000 last Jan­uary.

Prices have fluc­tu­ated over the past five years, from $433,250 in Jan­uary 2013 to $485,000 in March 2015.

Ini­tially the set­tle­ment was known as Lu­ton Vale un­til 1899 when the name was changed af­ter the English town.

In 1906 the road from the Mary Val­ley to Mapleton was com­plete. A sawmill op­er­ated in the town un­til 1972.

In 1915 a tramway from Mapleton via Kureelpa to Nambour opened, which car­ried pro­duce to the North Coast rail­way. This solved many so­lu­tions for the Mapleton fruit grow­ers and farm­ers.

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

The early 1980s had or­chards and pineap­ple plan­ta­tions be­ing es­tab­lished but the unique in­ter­est in Mapleton is the el­e­va­tion.

The vil­lage has con­tin­ued to grow in pop­u­la­tion since Sun­shine Coast Tourism added a tourist route through Montville and the Black­all Range.

In Mapleton For­est Re­serve and Mapleton Falls Na­tional Park, you’ll feel lost in­side a land be­fore time 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.

From sweet treats to or­ganic pro­duce, Mapleton is home to many lo­cal farm­ers. But it’s not just cafes where you will find a fresh feed – sim­ply stop along the road­side.

Lo­cal grow­ers are al­ways pop­ping up along Mapleton streets selling sea­sonal fruit and ve­g­ies.

While it may be a small town, it does have a big rep­u­ta­tion with a com­mu­nity warmth as wide as the views.

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

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

An­other pop­u­lar spot to en­joy a meal and share a bot­tle of wine is the Mapleton Tav­ern. Look­ing out over the en­tire coast, the view is breath­tak­ing.

Mapleton also has a hard­ware store, IGA, BP ser­vice sta­tion, real es­tate agents, mas­sage ser­vices, al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pists, a phys­io­ther­a­pist and hair­dressers.

Set up a pic­nic around the cen­tral park and la­goon be­hind the shop­ping cen­tre.

There are free bar­be­cues, a chil­dren’s play park and cov­ered seat­ing ar­eas.

As well as car­a­van parks, sev­eral self-cater­ing units, and bed and break­fasts, there are some ro­man­tic and lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion places.

The Mapleton State Pri­mary School was es­tab­lished in 1899 and is now home to the Mapleton Ob­ser­va­tory.

Share sto­ries around the camp­fire. And on a clear night, Mapleton’s wide open skies pro­vide the per­fect deck for star gaz­ing.

From star gaz­ing to rain­for­est pic­nics and panoramic coastal views, Mapleton re­ally is a mag­i­cal place to soak up Mother Na­ture.

PHOTO: PICASA

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