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Published March 10th 2021
When a book shop is up there amongst fresh dairy and views
Bookworms are in their element when they visit Maleny, a rural township in the Sunshine Coast region of South East Queensland. Situated approximately 450 metres above sea level, and only 90 kilometres north of Brisbane, the views of the rolling green hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland attract thousands of tourists each year, both national and international.
With its many beautiful natural attractions and a mix of heritage-listed buildings, Maleny has in recent times become a cauldron for creatives and those with a keen respect for local produce.
Do you know what I love most about Maleny? Within a couple of hundred yards of each other in the main street, within easy walking distance, are three of the most delightful book shops that I have encountered in my life. No exaggeration. Truly a bibliophiles dream.
Let's start with Rosetta Books at 30 Maple Street, Maleny.
This independent bookstore is about class: muted music and an extensive range of new fiction and non-fiction displayed under soft lights. There is an area dedicated to children's book titles at the back of the retail space, which was just so gorgeous I seriously considered doing my Christmas shopping then and there, as well as an area with jigsaw puzzles, journals and other gift lines.
The Maleny Bookshop specialises in second-hand, rare and out of print books, as well as oddities. The shelves are full of books of assorted ages and weird and wonderful titles though considering they are pre-loved are in reasonable condition. Importantly, there is none of that dusty smell that make some bookstores uncomfortable.
In business for over thirty years this business has a strong online presence so if you are searching for a particular title you can go here.
Located at 41 Maple Street, Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday to Sunday 10 am to 3 pm
Kudos to the management who have an area where you can purchase a mystery book. Not heard of these? A book is individually wrapped in brown paper so that it cannot be identified with a few general clues noted, you can determine its genre. Great fun!
PS. Books is located at 23 Maple Street and is a retail outlet full to the brim with second-hand books, popular with those readers who like to trade their old books for newer ones. The books are stacked according to genres and easily located as they are in alphabetical author order, which made it an easy to access outlet despite its small size.