Sunshine Coast Hinterland –  Mountville and a sip of wine


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I love beaches and the ocean but sometimes, it is good to leave the coastline and explore what inland has to offer.  Leaving the surfboard at home today to explore what the Sunshine Coast hinterland has to offer.

From Mooloolaba, where we were staying, we decided to go to Mountville which is a little more than 30 minutes drive.  The scenic drive by itself is so worthwhile.  Up and around we went. 


Mountville is this quaint little village on top of a mountain. Art galleries, little cafes and shops; it is difficult not to be drawn in by the relaxed vibe.  Time just slows down up here.  The cloud forest up there is remarkable.  There are quite a few bushwalks around but unfortunately, it was a bit too late for us. Next time!

After a stroll on the main street, a delightful coffee, stopping by a few shops and admiring the view of the mountain range, it was time for a late lunch. 

Thankfully, there is a winery nearby that offered spectacular views, excellent wines and a delicious snack.  Just what we needed.

Flame Tree Hill Winery

Stopping at Flame Tree Winery was most welcome. Cannot think of a better place to munch and wine. Cheese plateau with a Chardonnay overlooking the mountain range and the perfectly aligned rows of vines.  In this picturesque setting, we had to stop and think how lucky we are to visit these stunning locations.

Time flew, and it was already time to head back to Mooloolaba. What a wonderful day in the mountain. Of course, we could not go back without a few bottles of wine…..  Such an excellent wine.

There is definitively more to the Sunshine Coast than the beaches. Check out this link for more ideas on what are the best things to do in Mountville.

Until next time, travel safely and sustainably!

All the best,


Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast —- Of Surf and Walks on the Beach

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast  —- Of Surf and Walks on the Beach
Mooloolaba Beach

Who is up for surf vibes? Mooloolaba on the sunshine coast definitively delivers. We rented a self-contained apartment for a couple of days. We took daily walks around the block and of course to the beach. It was great to hear and see the waves.  I have been living in the Whitsundays for a while and surf waves are not part of the daily scenery, so this was a welcome change of oceanscape for a little while.

Surf lesson

The wharf has also been a source of entertainment and great food. Make sure you check it out.  If you have a family, the Mooloolaba aquarium is a cool place too.

 I also could not resist taking a surf lesson. I had not surfed for at least six years and even then was not terribly good at it but thoroughly enjoyed getting back on the surfboard. Thanks to the Maroochy surf school!  Still a pretty abysmal surf performance on my part but got out of the water with a smile!

I had also planned to scuba dive the Ex H-MAS Brisbane with Sunreef but unfortunately due to the wind and overall stormy weather,  the trip was cancelled. I will have to come back! If anybody has done it, please let me know in the comments what I have missed!

What a joy to walk on the beach at sunrise. If you have not seen my Youtube video, take a look…. here

Overall, this was a relaxing stay with a really nice change in oceanscape and lovely walks.  

Stay tuned for my day trip to the hinterland of the beautiful sunny coast.

Until next time travel safe and enjoy this beautiful country!