Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published June 6th 2020
A perfect base for families in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Tesch Park in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is an ideal location for families who are on a day trip to the area to base themselves.
Tesch Park and Maleny Children's Playground is an ideal base for families visiting the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The jewel of Tesch Park is the officially named "Maleny Children's Playground" - a completely fenced area overlooking Obi Obi Creek. The playground includes a large climbing frame with triple, wavy slides that kids (and big kids...) can race down.
The fully fenced playground features a climbing frame with triple racing slides
The climbing frame also includes a range of balancing and climbing equipment that is suitable for kids of various ages.
Climbing and balancing equipment can help kids blow off some steam after a car ride to the area
Most of the climbing frame is shaded by the trees on the edge of the playground and includes a large spiderweb and climbing wall that are suitable for older kids.
A large spider web and climbing wall provide challenges for older kids
Other features of the playground include a double swing set (with a toddler swing), and two shaded benches overlooking the Obi Obi Creek.
This family friendly playground provides shaded seating for parents and caregivers
Outside of the fenced playground area, Tesch Park has a range of picnic tables, some placed within a shaded shelter, and others that are popular in winter installed out in the sun. There are also electric BBQs and a water fountain installed here.
Tesch Park provides a range of picnic and BBQ facilities
Tesch Park has a public amenities block that includes disabled and baby change facilities, and a small carpark. There is further street parking available all the way along Coral Street.
The public amenities block includes disabled and baby change facilities
Tesch Park is also well placed for public transport, with a bus stop adjacent to the carpark. Visitors can download the Sunshine Coast Hinterland bus timetable here. Tesch Park is located on Coral Street, near the junction with Bunya Street, on the "Maleny Inset Bus Turnabout Route" map. Tesch Park is the most convenient location to explore the Maleny Trail from, and has maps and information displayed in two locations. The first is a map with information alongside the roundabout junction of Coral Street and Bunya Street. This includes distances to locations along the Maleny Trail as well as directions to Maleny's Tourist Information and Police Station.
The Maleny Trail can be followed in either direction from Tesch Park
The second information board overlooks Obi Obi Creek and includes the cultural significance of the area to the Jinibara Nation, and information on the area's natural heritage.
An information board near the banks of the Obi Obi Creek
Despite the increasing urbanisation of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Obi Obi Creek remains home to many platypi. And while it is easiest to see them around dusk and dawn, and they are known to take fright at sudden noises, this remains a good location to see them. The cooler weather of winter makes spotting them even more likely as they will often come out to sun themselves when they feel safe to do so.
A platypus soaking up the sun in Obi Obi Creek in winter
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is an increasingly popular tourism destination, but planning one's day can be tricky when visiting a new area. Maleny's thoughtful design of Tesch Park and Maleny Children's Playground make this an ideal base for families enjoying a day out in the area.
The facilities at Tesch Park, and it's convenient location make it an ideal base when visiting Maleny