Montville, The Sunshine Coast

Main Street Montville, Sunshine Coast

First settled in 1887, Montville is today an integration of restored historical sites and modern day structures.

Known as 'The Creative Heart of the Sunshine Coast', Montville has a true village charm exceptional to all other centres. You will find a pleasant blend of Tudor, Irish and English cottages of log or stone, Swiss and Bavarian chalets, an old mill water-wheel, colonial and old Queenslanders and of course, one of the most spectacular and panoramic views over a coastal plain one could find in Australia.

Experience the myriad of art galleries, pottery studios, craft cottages, fashion houses, gift and antique shops, specialty shops and more, where you will find that 'something different'. Each Christmas the length of the Main Street is illuminated with coloured festoon lights for the enjoyment of our evening visitors.

Montville offers award-winning restaurants, tea rooms and cafes, both indoor and out, where you can relax and enjoy a wide variety of menus, some ethnic, some traditional, all wholesome and wherever possible, using fresh local tropical produce.A diverse range of accommodation is available within the village and immediate surrounds, offering well-appointed motel suites, cosy guest houses and luxury private cabins for family stays to memorable honeymoons.

Within the village, the sites and restored buildings of historic note are signposted. A Senses Trail has been established at Razorback Lookout, providing direct contact with nature for our sight impaired visitors.

Adjacent to the village north, Kondalilla National Park invites visitors to experience its scenic walks, waterfalls and lush rainforest. Similarly to the south, Baroon Pocket Dam with its tranquil waters provides picnic areas, walking tracks, fishing, sailing and canoeing.

Montville Village, nested atop the escarpment of the Sunshine Coast's Blackall Range offers all that could be desired by the visitors - unique shopping, fine food and accommodation amidst rural lakes and National Parks, all within easy driving of both the Sunshine Coast and Queensland's capital, Brisbane. You might end up doing a lot of driving due to all of the great destinations near Montville! A quick car insurance comparison can help you pick the right insurance company to help you get back on your way if something goes wrong.

Montville is a quaint mountain village and art colony brimming with local crafts, galleries and gift shops. The perfect place to relax in the natural surrounds of the hinterland. Nestled in the magical Blackall Ranges, behind the pristine Sunshine Coast beaches are the charming mountain villages of Montville, Maleny, Flaxton and Mapleton.

Montville is a noted hinterland arts and crafts centre. There are many gift shops, galleries, potteries and eateries from traditional bush tucker to continental delicacies.

Montville Facts & Information

DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE
(State Capital):
121 kilometres

TRANSPORT WITHIN THE REGION:

AIR:
Sunshine Coast Airport, David Low Way, Pacific Paradise
Phone: +61 7 5448 8155

COACH:
National/Nambour, Chevallum -
Phone: +61 7 5445 9724

RAIL:
Queensland Rail, Nambour Station - Phone: +61 7 5441 2500

TAXI:
Suncoast Cabs, Ocean Street, Maroochydore - Phone: +61 7 5443 5522.
For bookings Phone: 13 11 34
Range Taxi, Maleny - Phone: 018 711989

BANKING FACILITIES:
Commonwealth Agency at Post Office.

SHOPPING FACILITIES:
Convenience stores, Village shopping.

LOCAL TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES:
Montville Tourist Information Centre
Phone: +61 7 5478 5544

Montville History

Just behind Queensland's beautiful Sunshine Coast lies the Blackall Range.

Formed by ancient basaltic lava flows, the rich red soils of the Range are now covered by a patchwork of rolling green pastures and dense rainforest.

Not so long ago, the Aborigines of the Kabi Tribe gathered together every two to three years on the banks of the Obi Obi at Baroon Pocket to feast on the fruit of the Bunya Pine (Bonyi Bonyi). It was a place of enrichment and celebration for the Kabi Kabi: a place to exchange songs, stories, tools and ornaments.

With the arrival of the timbergetters, dairy farmers and fruitgrowers, much of the original forest was cleared beginning the settlement of the small towns along the crest of the Range - Maleny, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton.

To the east from the road along the escarpment, is a panoramic vista of the Pacific Ocean, the beaches and the towns of the Coastal Plain - stunning at any time of day or night.

To the west is the Mary River Valley and the distant wild and majestic ranges of the Conondale National Park. To the south from Mountain View Road, are the monolithic peaks of the Glasshouse Mountains.

Within easy driving distance of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast beaches, the Blackall Range is a place to escape city life and experience the tranquillity of nature and the welcome of country hospitality. It is an enchanting destination for holiday-makers, enticing them to return again and again.

Montville Main Street

Montville is as close to an English Village as you will everfind in Australia. First settled in 1887 by citrus growers, Montville has a village green between the local school and village hall, tiny timber churches, a three storey timber restaurant which was the original general store, and garden paths meandering through a maze of charming shops, potteries, restaurants and galleries.

The Heritage Trail is signposted throughout the village, and a Senses Trail, created by the Country Women's Association, starts at the amenities block in front of the Village Hall leading across the pedestrian bridge and around Razorback Lookout.

Western Avenue gives access to a picnic area and bushwalking tracks at Lake Baroon.

Great accommodation in Montville

A diverse range of accommodation is available within the village and immediate surrounds, offering well-appointed motel suites, cosy guest houses, caravan and camping grounds and luxury private cabins for family stays to memorable honeymoons.

Click on the links below:
Cabins & Cottages
Bed & Breakfasts & Guest House Accommodation
Motels & Apartments

Note: Some conditions may apply for the tariffs quoted. Tariffs quoted are inclusive of GST & are per couple per night unless otherwise stated and are to be used as a guide only. No responsibility taken for variations to these rates.

THE FALLS ( 5 Stars )

Rainforest Cottages … An idyllic retreat for couples … Just what romantic fantasies are made of! Spacious 'Queenslanders' next to the bush reserve with views of the rolling hills * TV/video & CD * kitchenette * separate double spa, cozy wood fire, double shower, bidet * rates include breakfast basket * midweek packages and gift vouchers * Email: watson1@ozemail.com.au Your hosts: John and Laura Watson Bookings:

Phone +617 5445 7000 Fax +617 5445 7001

Address: 20 Kondalilla Falls Rd Montville Queensland 4560 Australia

TREETOPS

Stunning self contained tree houses connected by hand carved elevated walkways through the rainforest. Luxurious spas overlooking the lake, double showers, cosy log fires and furniture hand crafted by local artists. BBQ right on your deck, canoes, bushwalks and champagne breakfast basket. The perfect romantic escape. Bookings

Ph: +617 5478 5888 Fax: +617 5478 5166

Email: tth@bigpond.com

Address: Narrows Road Montville Queensland 4560 Australia

MONTVILLE FERME AUBERGE

Montville Ferme Auberge is an enchanting guesthouse set in the picturesque village of Montville, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It is run by Jane and Leeroy Hutton and their twin daughters, Emily and Chloe. Large luxurious rooms, individually decorated, all have their own ensuites with decadent baths, fluffy towels and bathrobes.

Ph: +61 7 5442 9242 Fax: +61 7 5478 5811

Address: 176 Western Ave Montville Qld 4560 Australia

MONTVILLE COUNTRY CABINS ( 3 stars )

This award winning country retreat encourages romance and relaxation. Cabins are private and fully self Contained, some have attic bedrooms and spas. All have wood fires and balcony overlooking a rare water and rainforest location. Find yourself in a most natural, peaceful environment some call paradise. Contact: Bob & Jan Morrow

Phone: +617 5442 9484 Fax: +617 5442 9213

Address: 396 Western Avenue Montville Queensland 4560 Australia

E-Mail info@montvillecabins.com.au

BAROON POCKET DAM

This 380 hectare lake was completed in 1989 and is the main water supply for Caloundra and Maroochydore. Swimming, fishing, sailing and canoeing are all allowed on the lake.

The Dam wall and spillway is accessed from Western Avenue at the southern entrance to Montville. The lakeside picnic area has barbecues, toilets, and a playground. There are viewing platforms, barbecues and toilets near the spillway. A 2.4klm walking circuit leads from the car park below the spillway into the Obi Obi Gorge along a cool rainforest trail.
Deep in the valley behind the dam wall at Lake Baroon is Obi Obi National Park. The Obi Obi Creek flows from headwaters south west of Maleny through the township and into Lake Baroon. It continues it's journey over waterfalls and rapids into the Mary River near Kenilworth. The park became linked to Kondalilla NP in 1988.

KONDALILLA NATIONAL PARK

Just 2klms north of the village of Montville is Kondalilla NP. First protected in 1906, the 327 hectare park derives its name from an Aboriginal word meaning rushing waters.

The walks start in the picnic area west of the car park. Picnic Creek is a short 400m stroll from the picnic area.

The circuit in from Picnic Creek is through tall open forest and provides access to a lookout at the top of Kondalilla Falls. From here you can view the rainforest valley below. The circuit is 2klm and the steps back up the hill from the Falls require a reasonable fitness level however, Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90m into a valley of rainforest is a spectacular sight and worth the effort.

The rock pool at the head of the falls is a nice place to cool off on a warm day. From the Falls there is an additional circuit of 2.7klms which leads you into the valley at the base of the waterfall. If the complete circuit seems too strenuous for you at least venture along the track on the eastern side of the gorge for a few hundred metres as this affords the best view of Kondalilla Falls.

Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for bird and wildlife viewing.