What's on your checklist for a perfect summer day trip from Brisbane?
Spectacular views? Good food and coffee? Antique hunting? Book browsing?
If these tick all the boxes on your list, then take a drive 90kms north of Brisbane to the hinterland town of Maleny.
On the southern end of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland's Blackall Ranges, Maleny is a bustling small town. Along with standard shops and services, there are some great stores and cafes in which to while away an hour or two, perhaps after a morning bushwalk to a waterfall.
The town has a bounty of quality bookstores, some specialising in secondhand books, such as the delightful Maleny Bookshop that boasts "second hand, rare and out of print oddities."
All this hunting works up an appetite and again there is a wide range of choices. You might like Sarah's Unplugged with its large cake cabinet or want to sample some cheese or ice cream at Colin James Fine Foods.
Our favourite is Shotgun Espresso with its offerings of healthy, rustic fare served around grandma tables on grandma crockery. The food here is fresh, delicious and hearty.
Satiated, refreshed and loaded with treasures, you can head back to the city lights via the breathtaking views of the Glasshouse Mountains at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a small drive off the main road out of town.