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Maleny is located 95 km north of Brisbane in the hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast. It is 436 m above sea-level on the southern edge of the Blackall Range with dramatic views across to the Sunshine Coast and to the Glass House Mountains.

In the 1980s it attracted  sculptors, painters, craftspeople and potters who provided the local galleries with their works. Soon the galleries and craft shops were complemented by cafes, coffee lounges and restaurants. Today the town is permanently busy on weekends with daytrippers. The reasons are simple. The  Blackall Ranges rise sharply behind Nambour. The air is cool and fresh. The views are panoramic. The edge of the range means that as the visitor drives towards Maleny and Montville they can pause and admire the verdant mountains and valleys to the west and the broad coastal plain and Pacific Ocean to the east. The area is dotted with gracious gardens and small national parks (all protecting remnants of rainforest and many with dramatic and beautiful waterfalls) and there is an abundance of boutique accommodation and chic eateries.

[Source: Aussie Towns]