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Maleny

Where to stay

Anna Johnson

Where to stay

We acknowledge the accommodation options in the Maleny area requires just a little more thought than if heading to a holiday resort location or city. So, with this in mind I thought it may be helpful to offer some more information than that already briefly noted on the blog ‘How to get to Maleny’. Just a note to say we are not sponsored by nor affiliated with any of the accommodation options. And here is the usual disclaimer…The information provided is general in nature and thus it is your responsibility to check the accommodation meets your expectations and remember to...

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Maleny – A well serviced town

Anna Johnson

Maleny – A well serviced town

Whilst small towns are often considered ‘backwaters’ and conjure up thoughts of few amenities and images of dated décor, Maleny is far from this. Instead, Maleny is a well serviced town with many of the usual amenities and the historic buildings are well kept with trendy interior decor. We enjoyed coming here as ‘tourists with a special mission’ on our exploratory holiday before deciding to move here and we still love the township. It has gotten busier though with weekends and school holidays bustling with the temporary population explosion. But that’s okay because we know how to scoot around on...

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Where to spot an elusive platypus

Anna Johnson

Where to spot an elusive platypus

The Australian platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is an odd-looking mammal of mixed features that was considered a hoax when first settlers sent one back to England. It has a body like an otter, a broad flat tail like a beaver, flipper like webbed feet on short limbs, and a bill a bit like a duck. To top off its unusual visual appearance – it lays eggs! It is one of only 5 monotremes, another Australian monotreme with the echidna (also found locally). Platypus are between 35- 60 centimetres long and males are 800-3000 grams and females are 600-1700 grams. These animals...

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I love a local quirk but some take a little explaining

Anna Johnson

I love a local quirk but some take a little explaining

Here are my thoughts on a few local parking quirks – from a ‘yet to be local’ perspective. Like most small country towns here, through traffic travels directly up the middle of town which is also the main shopping and food outlet area. So, it is essential that drivers beware of pedestrians especially given not all will use the two designated pedestrian ‘zebra’ crossings. One of these black and white striped crossings is outside the IGA supermarket and the other about 300 metres further up the road. The township has a 40 km an hour speed limit that feels a...

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The art of dressing like a local for the climate!

Anna Johnson

The art of dressing like a local for the climate!

The art of dressing like a local for the climate! (aka What should I pack?) At around 410m above sea level on the southern end of the Blackall Range, Maleny enjoys a more comfortable subtropical climate than its neighbours off ‘the range’ on the Sunshine Coast. February is typically warm and humid with gentle breezes, with an average of 233 hours of sunshine in the month. Daytime temperatures average a balmy 28°C (83°F) and overnight lows average is 22°C (71°F) allowing a good nights’ sleep. And it is also worth mentioning here, that the school venue is air conditioned as...

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