Maleny is about 90 kms north of Brisbane and to get there you can travel on the highway which is undoubtedly faster or you can take some quieter gentler roads through undulating hills and rolling country side, dotted with cows and farms and large mature trees. Whichever is your chosen route, reaching the small town of Maleny signals a time to park, get out of the car and wander through the town, popping into the many coffee places and restaurants as well as the lovely quaint little shops.
For me however the attraction was the Obi Obi Creek, which you come across almost as soon as you enter the town. It spans both sides of the bridge and there is a pedestrian walk way which takes you along the creek. Some of it is slightly overgrown and you cannot see the creek easily, but along it are also some trodden paths which take you right down to the water's edge where you can enjoy the incredible clarity of the water and the creatures that live and swim there.
This is probably one of the places where, if you visit early in the morning or around dusk, there is a good chance of seeing a platypus swimming by or a possum in the tree or some of the crayfish scrambling on the rocks. This is what makes it so special as literally metres away is a small but bustling little town. To be able to have the wildlife so close is a privilege and one worth exploring over several visits or cups of tea.