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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.
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,