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Obi Obi Boardwalk in Maleny

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published September 9th 2018
Early morning and dusk platypus viewing
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Obi Obi Boardwalk is a combination of timber, concrete and gravel paths


Sometimes I wake up in the morning and think 'well, I would love to get out and about, but am not really in the mood to do a summit or two' - only ever, sometimes - but rather something a bit more tranquil and gentle, but still giving us the opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature at her best.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
Entrance in Coral Street, under a canopy of trees


And then, I stumbled upon the Obi Obi Boardwalk, running alongside the Obi Obi Creek, in Maleny. The Obi Obi Boardwalk is one of the self-guided walks that form part of the Maleny Trails. See below for Maleny Trail map, courtesy of Trip Tick Tourism.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
Maleny Trail map, courtesy of Trip Tick Tourism via www.visitsunshinecoast.com


Maleny is a picturesque little Hinterland town on the southern edge of the Blackall Range, with views over the coast and the Glass House Mountains. This charming little town is brimfull with galleries, art studios and speciality shops and is only a ninety-kilometre drive north of Brisbane.

The Obi Obi Boardwalk is relatively easy to locate in Coral Street, opposite Bicentenary Lane, smack bang in the heart of Maleny township. And we found parking easily too.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
Timber boardwalks with handrails


This Boardwalk is a very pleasant nine hundred metre walk one way and is an assortment of timber boardwalk, concrete and gravel paths. The Obi Obi Boardwalk is fairly level, making it suitable for wheelchair and pram/stroller users and is absolutely ideal for toddlers too, with handrails in most areas. Walkers can get to sit and enjoy benches throughout the walk, strategically placed for walkers' viewing pleasure - sit back and enjoy the sounds of the creek and the miniature waterfall.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
Strategically placed benches for walkers' viewing pleasure


A seasonal word of caution here. The Obi Obi Boardwalk is one of those walks that would be absolutely perfect for the heat of summer, as the lushness of the trees' canopy overhead, make it a very cool walk (temperature wise) to do in Spring. In other words, guys, if you are planning on walking it in Spring, Autumn or Winter, a cardigan would be suitable attire.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
The only platypus that I managed to spot!


There is plenty of birdlife in this area, including willie wagtails and spangled drongos, azure kingfishers and fidgety flycatchers. The other huge attraction is the …..platypus. Of course, in order to spot the elusive platypus, a walk early in the morning or at dusk is the preferred time to enjoy watching them frolicking in the water. There's even a platypus viewing platform. And yes, you've guessed it, we walked mid-morning, so missed the opportunity to see these cute little mammals. Did you know that the platypus falls into the same category of mammal as echidnas, namely, monotremes - the reason for this is their ability to lay eggs, distinguishing them from other mammals.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
Regenerating the area with thriving native trees, planted by local volunteers


Walkers will notice a huge amount of thriving native trees along the Obi Obi Boardwalk, all planted by local volunteers, which will hopefully become a rainforest next to the creek, in a few hundred years time.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
The endangered Mary River cod - make sure they're not on your fishing line


The Obi Obi Boardwalk is also in Mary River cod territory. Did you know that Mary River cod are totally protected in the Mary River catchment, and targeting or possessing these fish can incur penalties of up to $75,000. Luckily, I'm not a fisher-wo-man, so there won't be too much chance of me crossing the legal 'line' here.

Allow forty-five minutes to an hour for this walk - this will give you time to read all the interesting information boards en route, or to look for a little spot of sunshine and to bask like a lizard, until all frozen appendages have warmed through.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
All you need is love and ... coffee


A cup of coffee after walking the Obi Obi Boardwalk will certainly not go amiss, so treat yourself to something to drink and eat at Maleny Lane, a rustic little foodie hub in the main street of Maleny. Maleny Lane used to be known as Artisan Food Market.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
Have a coffee or something to eat at the quirky Maleny Lane


The Obi Obi Boardwalk is a fabulously tranquil, easy walk to be enjoyed by everybody, from toddlers though to bigger kids; for wheelchair users and prams too. Just remember the obligatory cardigan or jacket as it is really very cool under the canopy of trees.

Obi Obi Boardwalk, Maleny, not a summit, tranquil and gentle walk, Obi Obi Creek, self-guided walk, Maleny Trails, Blackall Range, charming little town, Coral Street, 900metre one way walk, benches to sit on, miniature waterfall, very cold under trees, willie wagtails, spangled drongos, azure kingfishers, flycatchers, platypus, early morning, dusk, monotremes, thriving native trees, Mary River cod territory, Maleny Lane, toddlers, bigger kids, wheelchair users, prams, dogs on a leash, doggy do bags
Doggy do bags were plentiful


PS Our furry family members, on a leash, are most welcome, with 'doggy do bags' in plentiful supply too.

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Why? For early morning and dusk platypus viewing
When: Any day of the week, but early morning and dusk is the best time for platypus viewing
Where: Coral Street, opposite Bicentenary Lane, Maleny, QLD 4552
Cost: FREE
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