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