Won­der­ful mix of na­ture and cul­ture

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MIX­ING qual­ity, cul­ture and na­ture, it is no won­der Montville is a hot spot for in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional visi­tors.

Montville was orig­i­nally called Ra­zor­back due to the steep ridge on which it sits. Keen cy­clists chal­lenge their fit­ness by pedalling up the “zig zag ra­zor­back”.

Sit­u­ated at the mid­way point along the Black­all Range, there is a charm about Montville that is some­where be­tween early Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia and an English or Ir­ish vil­lage.

The shops and build­ing styles give a hint of the Swiss and Ger­man Alps.

Apart from feel­ing as though you are on top of the world, you could be any­where on a global scale.

Montville is like a pic­ture post­card in so many ways.

There is a tra­di­tional vil­lage green, a his­toric church, com­mu­nity hall and pri­mary school.

Un­pol­luted crisp, clean moun­tain air greets you, so be ready with warm cloth­ing. While it may look blue and sunny, the el­e­va­tion cer­tainly low­ers the tem­per­a­ture more than just a few de­grees.

Cling­ing to the east­ern es­carp­ment, this pic­turesque vil­lage hugs the range, giv­ing dress-cir­cle views of the coast­line, from Noosa and Coolum to Maroochydore, Caloun­dra and More­ton Is­land. On a clear day you re­ally will think you can see for­ever.

The first to se­lect land were E.J. Bur­nett and G.L. Bury in 1881, but the first to take up res­i­dence were Peter and Is­abella Weit­e­meyer, who hand-picked their al­lot­ment in 1887 on the present Mill Hill Rd.

Other fam­i­lies soon fol­lowed. In 1888, Wil­liam McClin­tock se­lected land for a farm on what be­came the site of the town­ship of Montville. In 1893 Henry Smith and his broth­ers ar­rived. Henry built the only cat­tle dip in town and also opened the first shop and Post Of­fice in Montville.

Smith’s first two sug­ges­tions of a name for the Post Of­fice – Ra­zor­back and Ver­mont – were re­jected as hav­ing al­ready been used. So he sug­gested Montville, the name of his home­town in Con­necti­cut, USA, and this was ac­cepted. It ac­cu­rately lives up to its ori­gin – “vil­lage of the moun­tain”.

With an alti­tude of about 400m, the area en­joys cool sum­mers and chilly win­ters.

Montville was pre­dom­i­nantly a log­ging then farm­ing com­mu­nity of dairy, cit­rus, av­o­ca­dos, pineap­ples and macadamia nuts.

The charm­ing main street is lined with a va­ri­ety of shops and busi­nesses cater­ing to the steady stream of tourists as well as to lo­cals.

Arts and crafts, health and well-be­ing all fit into the Montville land­scape.

With a va­ri­ety of din­ing op­tions in Montville and its sur­rounds, there is no short­age of places to en­joy a de­li­cious meal.

From fine bistro din­ing, ac­com­pa­nied with a choice bot­tle of wine, to cafes and res­tau­rants – the range of dif­fer­ent tastes is well sat­is­fied.

The area will please the wine con­nois­seur as much as the sweet tooth. Apart from lo­cal vine­yards, Montville’s bou­tique sweet shops are a treat as they en­tice with deca­dent hand­made choco­lates or fudge.

Drive down Western Ave to Lake Ba­roon and pic­nic by the wa­ters. Then there is the renowned Spicers Clovelly Es­tate, a spe­cial treat for any oc­ca­sion.

To­wards Maleny, you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence the charm of Gard­ners Falls or the beauty of Mary Cairn­cross Re­serve and the spell-bind­ing view of the Glasshouse Moun­tains.

Montville has a pleas­ant mix of hous­ing, from cot­tages and de­signer homes to hobby farms and acreages.

All of this in tran­quil, treed sur­rounds.

PHOTO: WARREN LY­NAM

Pop­u­lar with tourists, the Sun­shine Coast hin­ter­land town hosts a num­ber of cafes, gal­leries and nov­elty shops.

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