The Wappa Falls Observatory

Last year the Maleny Visitor Information Centre’s web team promoted the Mapleton Observatory.  This year we wish to tell you about the  Wappa Falls Observatory near Yandina on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland (191 Wappa Falls Road).

This observatory has sixteen (16) telescopes, ranging in size and is one of Queensland’s leading private observatories.

The shows are humorous, fun and informative to suit all ages and can also cater for special needs groups.  The grounds are in a quiet and dark bushland setting.  With over fifty (50) years of experience in astronomy, the observatory has been open for over twenty-seven (27) years.

They also can provide a mobile show which can be taken on the road to schools, camps and other events. They include telescopes, displays, slideshows and more.

The night time show has many activities including viewing through telescopes, a sky tour, an indoor display, a talk and a slideshow.  Even if there are clouds or rain, there is still a lot to do and see.

The day time shows have plenty of things to do as well such as the ten (10) telescopes equipped for safely viewing the sun with 6 different filtering systems (please do not do this without the proper equipment as you could hurt your eyes.

There are 21 online reviews with 82% showing Excellent / Very Good whilst 18% were not keen.  For more information – telephone 07 5446 7944.



Maleny Street Christmas Carnival 2017

Join us for an evening of family fun at the

Maleny Street Christmas Carnival

Friday 8th December 2017 – 6 pm to 10 pm.

Mark this date in your Calendar – attendance is a must! 

Maleny’s main street – Maple Street will be closed off again and instead of traffic will be full of great food stalls, local talented musicians, fun rides and activities for the kids.

Mega Raffle  “Christmas from Maleny” – $2 tickets for an amazing prize of a wheelbarrow full of gifts for the whole family. Kindly donated by local businesses.

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters of this year’s Christmas Carnival:  Cr. Jenny McKay, Andrew Powell, Maleny Credit Union, Glasshouse Country & Maleny News, Hinterland Times,  Maleny Community Centre and the following local businesses for their raffle prizes (and there’s more to come!):

Art on Cairncross gift basket of local art work
Forest Heart Eco-nursery insect hotel & Qld Museum guide to Backyard Insects
Maleny Dairies Family pass
Maleny Food Co Cheese box
Maleny Hotel bottle of wine
Maleny IGA $200 local produce gift basket
Maleny Jewellers ICE watch
Maleny Men “Maleny Men” menswear
Maleny Optical 2 pairs of sunglasses
Maleny Town & Country smoke alarm, garden spray and bug spray
Monica’s Café voucher for $50
Pomodoras on Obi set of 5 balsamic dressings
Purple Palet bottle of wine
Red Faery Hair & Beauty gift basket
Rosetta Books book –
Sarah’s Unplugged Café voucher for $30
Shotgun Café dining voucher
Simply Stylish beautiful scarf
Spicers Tamarind Retreat 2 x cooking class vouchers

Kanimbla Rural Retreat

Today the Maleny Visitor Information Centre is promoting one of its platinum partners – Kanimbla Rural Retreat / Cottage which is based on a working farm, is nestled in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on 100 acres at the edge of the Conondale Range and the Obi Valley.

It offers peace, tranquility, self contained accommodation and includes:

  • A country breakfast basket
  • Queen size bed
  • Fireplace
  • Self-contained kitchen
  • TV & DVD
  • Large covered deck
  • Wheelchair access (1st storey)

Kanimbla Rural Retreat :  Email  -or
Telephone 07 5494 4326 / 0439 078 939 for Availability and Bookings.

Address:  2 Cnr of Shultz & Curramore Roads, Witta  QLD 4552 

Sorry, no children or pets.

The Abbey Open Day and Christmas Boutique Markets

Saturday 18th November 2017 between 10 am to 3 pm
Where:  Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, 1 – 63 Abbey Place, Caboolture Qld

We are happy to say that this is the third consecutive year for this special event which has become very popular. The day offers free admission the the Abbey Museum, the
Abbey Church is open for tours, and if you’d like a look around St Michael’s College, feel free!  There is no cost for the public to attend and car-parking is also free at the adjacent St. Michael’s car park.  Come along and enjoy a wide variety of specialty stalls selling hand-made crafts for Christmas gifts, have a photo taken with Santa and don’t forget the delicious food! 

Christmas Shopping For Diabetes

Christmas Shopping For Diabetes – Supermarket Tour – Tues 28th Nov, 10.30 am to 12 noon at Maleny IGA – cost FREE!

Christmas catering for diabetes doesn’t have to be complex, boring or feel like ‘missing out’.  In this 1.5 hour tour, our Dietitians will make Christmas catering for Diabetes a breeze!  Our fully accredited Dietitian will personally guide you through the supermarket aisles and show you:
– Fun and easy food ideas for Christmas!
– How to easily understand food labels,
– Tips to choose products that are good for diabetes,
– Ways to get your shopping done quickly & confidently.

Plus, we’ll BUST some common food myths and give you a 2-minute demo that will REVOLUTIONISE the way that you understand diabetic nutrition!  And the best part is that we’ll be finishing off with a tasty diabetes-friendly morning tea – you’ll get the recipe too, of course 🙂
WHEN:   Tues 28th Nov, 10.30 am to 12 noon
COST:       Free
BOOKINGS:  Online –
Phone – (07) 5494 2257 –  Email:

Maleny Library Recipe Swap!

Do have a favourite family or heirloom recipe? Share it with the community by contributing a copy to the Maleny Library Recipe Swap!

Bring in the original recipe to the Maleny Library anytime during November. Staff will photocopy it and add the copy to the Maleny Library Recipe swap folder. Feel free to browse other local recipe contributions and take a copy home for yourself.

While you’re visiting, why not take a moment to look at the World War 2 and local history displays, containing memorabilia provided courtesy of the Maleny R.S.L.

Flaxton Barn and Cafe

Welcome to Flaxton Barn and Cafe

445 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton QLD – Telephone 07 5445 7321 – Telephone: 07 5445 7321  or email:

We are now open between 9 am to 5 pm every day except Wednesday.  On  Sunday’s we are open for breakfast from 8:30 am – bookings available call 07 5445 7321 or 0409 746446 after 5 pm.

 Flaxton Barn is more than a Country Café with home baked book.  You can relax and browse our gift shop – we have gifts and cards for everyone. 

 Where you will discover a veritable treasure trove of antiques, collectibles and much, much more to delight! Located conveniently on the stunningly scenic Blackall Range Mountain drive between Montville and Mapleton. Easy Parking  right at the front door and ample room for coaches and buses.

 Antiques and Gifts

Flaxton Barn is a treasure trove of Antiques and collectables where you will find a fine range of period furniture, objets d’art, china, unique home decorations, shelves of interesting books and keepsakes from yesteryear.

You will undoubtedly stumble across the perfect gift for that special person among the myriad of interesting and unusual collections including our selection of beautiful china ware, leather goods or ceramics.

Come in and enjoy a pleasant browse through over 200 square metres also housing an extensive range of home-ware from functional and fashionable kitchen accessories to lifestyle and decorative items.

Verandah Cafe

It is worth a trip to Flaxton Barn just to sample the home-baked delights of our famous Verandah Cafe!  For reservations click here ->

From scrumptious buttermilk scones that melt in your mouth or our famous homemade Grandma’s apple pie to homemade Chunky Beef Pie, everything in our menu is freshly made in-house.  Our menu changes for the season, so pop in to see our season menu specials at the Barn Cafe.

The Verandah Cafe serves Premium Harvest Natural Bean coffee which is a multi-award winning Sunshine Coast coffee brand made using green beans from the finest coffee growing regions and farms of the world. It boasts a variety of coffee blends and boutique origins to suit each coffee lover palate. We offer a selected range of loose leaf teas, icy cold smoothies and a variety of refreshing cold drinks.

Boutique Wines

Settlers Rise Vineyard and Winery has established itself in twelve years as one of Queensland’s leading wineries, producing a range of highly awarded handcrafted wines that reflect a diverse range of climatic regions and a Master of Wine’s constant dedication to wine quality, innovation and style.

Wines are as different as the people who drink them which is why Settlers Rise has developed such a comprehensive range of wine styles and blends – all of which have won international and national awards or accolades.

So come on in to Flaxton Barn and continue your discovery as you taste why 18,000 Australians enjoy small scale boutique specialty wines direct from the vineyard.

Flaxton Barn Gourmet Food and Wines

We are happy to answer any queries about antiques or collectables you may be searching for or those you may have for sell.



Maleny at War

Maleny at War

Discover local WWII history!

Where?  At the Maleny Library – When? 1st to 30 November 2017.

Discover Maleny’s World War II heritage through an exhibition of local memorabilia, imagery and educational displays.

Get involved in a local heritage recipe swap.  Bring in your treasured family recipe and share it with the community.  Free viewing during library opening hours.

Brouhaha Brewery / Restaurant – Maleny


6/39 Coral street Maleny 4552
Telephone:  (07) 5435 2018

To book online:

For larger Bookings or Functions over 10 people please contact via email to:  or telephone (07) 5435 2018

Want to see the Menu:

How about a Drinks menu:


Monday:  Closed
Tuesday:  Closed
Wednesday: 11 am -9 pm
Thursday:  11 am – 9 pm
Friday:  11 am – 11.30 pm
Saturday:  11 am – 11.30 pm
Sunday:  11 am – 7 pm

At Brouhaha Brewery, as the names suggest, we like to make a big deal about beer. 

With the freshest ingredients and an open mind, we strive to make a higher standard of beer that will not only make the big breweries sweat, but will also make you push the boundaries of what you know about craft beer.

This little independent brewpub tucked away in the hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, was born out of the idea of sharing the love of craft beer and passing on the knowledge and skill that goes with it.

With the desire to create a go-to venue for an ale and a quality meal, made out of the freshest local ingredients, our beer included, Brouhaha was born in a location that was meant for a Pharmacy.

Our love for craft beer can be seen from everyone on our team, from our brewers to our Chefs, who use our beer in their cooking, to our bar staff, if you get them started about beer, your food is bound to go cold and your beer to go warm.

Brouhaha Brewery was founded by locals, for locals in mid-2016, with a mission to educate and introduce the community to the art and world of independent brewing and craft beer.

Accompanied by quality, locally sourced food, Brouhaha Brewery is a great spot to settle in with a beer and enjoy the company of great friends.