Glimpse the beauty of Queens­land’s hin­ter­lands

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En­joy an ad­ven­ture on the road less trav­elled dur­ing a pic­turesque drive through the Sun­shine Coast hin­ter­land. Sam­ple light-as-afeather scones at Montville or visit a bou­tique cheese fac­tory or fam­ily-run vine­yard at Maleny.

Maleny Dairies (maleny­dairies.com) is a fam­ily-owned busi­ness sit­u­a­tion in its pic­turesque hills, one of the few that own the dis­tinctly brown spot­ted Guernsey cows rather than the more com­monly-seen blackand-white Hol­steins – their milk is much sweeter and creamier than usual, re­sult­ing in a higher qual­ity prod­uct. You can opt for a tour of the fa­cil­ity that in­cludes a hand-feed­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of the calves (and the resident pigs and chick­ens) and a sam­pling ses­sion of its award-win­ning milks, yo­gurts, and creams.

Sur­rounded by mag­nif­i­cent rain­forests with spec­tac­u­lar views of the Glass House Moun­tains, the Maleny Botanic Gar­dens (maleny­b­otan­ic­gar­dens.com.au) is a pas­sion project that was first started a few years ago by a botany enthusiast who em­i­grated from South Africa. To­day, it cur­rently boasts four kilo­me­tres of walk­ing paths that me­an­der through var­i­ous themed gar­dens and wa­ter fea­tures (many a cou­ple have said their vows

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