Once you've done all your exploring i.e. the Wompoo Circuit in the Mapleton Falls National Park, why not pop into the Mapleton Tavern, a historical Australian pub, that has already achieved its 100th birthday. Positioned on the edge of the Blackall Range, at a height of four hundred metres above sea level, you will be treated to magnificent views of the Sunshine Coast, from Noosa to Maroochydore.
Stunning views from outside dining area - Image: Elaine de Wet
With a very friendly ambience, the dining style is casual and typical (in my experience) of Taverns on the Sunshine Coast - one goes to the counter, orders and then collects your meals when the buzzer sounds. Despite this slight enforced lull in conversation, we found the service quick, efficient and the food extremely tasty.
An extensive Menu with everything from 'Light Bites', which includes salads and burgers to 'Tavern Favourites', offering seafood platters, potted Guinness pies and 'Micro Meals'. Personally, I'm not sure what the difference is between 'light bites' and 'micro meals' - unless…..micro is referring to microwaved food?
Hubby and I decided on the special for the day - crumbed Dory with chips and/or salad. Our lunch was fresh and delicious and having chosen to sit outdoors, the spectacular views only enhanced our dining experience.
Mapleton Tavern appears to be extremely popular with both locals and tourists - the locals were enjoying their Friday afternoon, post work catch-up in the pub while the tourists were all opting for the scenic seating outdoors.
You'll find the Mapleton Tavern at the intersection of Flaxton Drive and Obi Obi Road, the Tavern can be reached via the Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Road and Maleny Road from the south, via Nambour from the east and Kenilworth from the west. Tavern trading hours are Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 10.00pm and Sundays 11.00am to 7.00pm.
A great spot to stop off for a quick meal and refreshments after doing a bit of exercise. With street parking and on-site parking available, definitely bookmark Mapleton Tavern when next you're adventuring in or around Mapleton.