Nat­u­ral beauty sim­ply en­chant­ing

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IT’S a breath of fresh air. Sit­u­ated on the south­ern end of Black­all Range, Maleny is about 450 me­tres above sea level.

This homely hin­ter­land town­ship sits among serene, un­du­lat­ing hills.

Once known for tim­ber-cut­ting and dairy farm­ing, to­day it is peo­ple look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive life­style or a friendly com­mu­nity to down­size or re­tire to.

A “must’’ for in­ter­na­tional visi­tors, Bris­bane day-trip­pers also en­joy the coun­try town at­mos­phere of Maleny.

It pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing land­scape and va­ri­ety of hous­ing op­tions – in­clud­ing tra­di­tional Queens­lan­ders, cot­tages in the town and on small acreages, larger farms and re­tire­ment homes.

Maleny Folk Fes­ti­val has grown to the largest folk fes­ti­val in Aus­tralia at its own home near Wood­ford.

With two su­per­mar­kets, hos­pi­tal, po­lice sta­tion and am­bu­lance, both pri­mary and se­condary schools plus a golf course and show­grounds, res­i­dents are well catered for.

Sev­eral sub­di­vi­sions have been de­vel­oped in re­cent years to cater for those look­ing for the ben­e­fits of a coun­try life­style with town ser­vices.

The me­dian sales price was at $571,250 in Oc­to­ber, ac­cord­ing to CoreLogic, which is up from $555,000 in Jan­uary 2017. There has been a steady in­crease in the five years with the me­dian price at $440,000 in Jan­uary 2013.

The me­dian price of units in Oc­to­ber was $380,000.

The adage “a pic­ture paints a thou­sand words” could eas­ily re­fer to this com­mu­nity that de­fied the re­duc­tion of ser­vices ex­pe­ri­enced by many ru­ral towns.

It also re­sisted the trend for such places to be­come dor­mi­tory towns for peo­ple work­ing on the coast or in Bris­bane.

Put sim­ply, there are few words or post­card pic­tures that do jus­tice to the Maleny hin­ter­land.

Breathe in the crisp air, lis­ten to the tran­quil sound­track of na­ture and soak up the artis­tic vibes – you’ll soon ap­pre­ci­ate the nat­u­ral beauty that is Maleny.

The el­e­va­tion pro­vides the per­fect po­si­tion­ing for a su­perb look­out, and for­tu­nately, the cooler air brings with it, a re­fresh­ing at­mos­phere.

The com­bi­na­tion of lush rolling hills and a wind­ing creek pro­vide the ul­ti­mate back­drop for an ide­al­is­tic ru­ral out­ing. It’s lit­tle won­der Maleny is one of the most pop­u­lar wed­ding des­ti­na­tions in Aus­tralia.

Maleny is a tourist des­ti­na­tion that caters for all oc­ca­sions.

It’s co-op­er­a­tive his­tory has laid the seeds for its rep­u­ta­tion for fresh, lo­cally grown pro­duce.

With some­thing for ev­ery­one and a Queens­land favourite, Maleny Dairies started out in the pro­duc­tion of cream. Tthe fam­ily-owned, lo­cal com­pany has since ex­panded to milk, cheese and yo­ghurt.

And few could re­sist the temp­ta­tion of the Maleny Food Co for cheese, gelato and ice cream.

With great taste in food and wine, fash­ion and art, Maleny is home to some cre­ative souls. There’s beau­ti­ful jew­ellery, en­chant­ing soaps, colour­ful cloth­ing and unique wood­work, and lo­cal crafts­peo­ple show­case their unique cre­ations at the Maleny RSL Sun­day mar­kets.

Whether its acupunc­ture, en­ergy heal­ing or a sooth­ing fa­cial, Maleny has a wide range of well­ness op­tions to suit most health needs.

For the best health op­tion of all, do some­thing that is also kind to your soul and es­cape to the nat­u­ral won­ders that Maleny has to of­fer.

With en­chant­ing scents, fresh flavours, pure air and of course spec­tac­u­lar views, you sim­ply must visit Maleny. If it’s your first, it is sure not to be your last.

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