Mitta Glen Guest House in Flaxton is in the heart of the dynamic and naturally beautiful Sunshine Coast region. The Sunshine Coast boasts an all year round climate suitable for exploring rugged mountains, lush fern glades and stunning beaches. An incredible variety of scenic exploration for all ages, and all interests. Following is short selection of wonderful places to visit and explore within a short distance from Mitta Glen Guest House.
Mount Coolum National Park
Mount Coolum’s impressive dome-shape rises 208m above the Sunshine Coast lowlands and provides spectacular 360 degree views of the coast and hinterland. The summit supports montane heath—a plant community, with rare and threatened species, that only grows at two locations on the Sunshine Coast. From the mountain, the park extends south and west across flat lowlands protecting wallum, paperbark wetlands, open eucalypt forest and rainforest remnants—plant communities that have largely disappeared from this part of the Sunshine Coast. For more information visit Mount Coolum National Park
Maleny Botanic Gardens
Whether you are an avid botanist, a nature-lover or simply cherish the peace and tranquillity of beautiful gardens and rolling landscapes, a visit to Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World is the perfect day out. Every day is a good day to visit us at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World. Stroll through the lush, verdant gardens, spend time with our stunning native and international birds. Here is what people says about : Wander over 6 kilometers of pathways through our expansive gardens. Take it easy and tour the gardens in one of our self-drive electric golf carts. You can select some picnic items from our new café and enjoy them in one of our many gazebo’s or picnic spots. Let the kids run wild through our fairy garden, treehouse and our full size boat. For more information visit Maleny Botanic Gardens
Fraser Island (K’gari), Great Sandy National Park
K’gari is the world’s largest sand island and an area of remarkable natural beauty. It was listed as a World Heritage Area in 1992 to recognise the island’s internationally significant natural features:
* evolving dune, lake, soil and forest systems, the extent and age of which are outstanding examples of ongoing geological and biological processes
* unique landscapes, which are examples of superlative natural occurrences
Growing on seemingly infertile sands are a great variety of plant communities ranging from coastal heath, mangrove forests and swamps to subtropical rainforest. The many archaeological remains found on K’gari record thousands of years of culture and tradition, and provide important links to their past for the Butchulla people. The island is 123km long and covers an area of 166,038ha, so you need to allow plenty of time to explore and appreciate it.
For more information visit Fraser Island (K’gari), Great Sandy National Park
If you’ve ever seen a picture of a Hinterland summit, it’s probably been the top of this mountain. Arguably the most popular and photographed Hinterland hike, climbers love it due to its relative ease and spectacular views. The Mount Ngungun summit walking track is a 2.8-kilometre trail that begins in open forest and offers great views of Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah. At an average pace it will take you 30-40 minutes to get to the summit but there is plenty to explore and admire along the way – including a cool rock overhang creating a cool cave. This is the ultimate hike to schedule for sunrise or sunset to make the most of the 360-degree views and stunning colour-changing skies.
For more information visit Mt Ngungun
Kondililla Falls and the Kondalilla National Park
Just behind the Sunshine Coast, in the scenic Blackall Range, Kondalilla National Park is a cool mountain retreat. The park is named after the spectacular Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90m into a rainforest valley. Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, describes this park’s waterfall during the summer wet season. Above the falls, tall open eucalypt forest mingles with rainforest species in wetter areas. A drier forest grows on the western escarpment, featuring casuarinas with a grass tree understorey. Subtropical rainforest grows below the escarpment, where soil and aspect is suitable, and riparian rainforest lines the creek.
For more information visit Kondalilla National Park
The Noosa Everglades
The Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglades systems on Earth, is a world of water, wilderness and wonder in the upper reaches of the Noosa River. Known as the River of Mirrors because of the amazing reflections in the water, the Noosa Everglades is a 60km stretch of pristine waters, magnificent flora and fauna and narrow waterways. Experience breathtaking beauty and tranquillity as you explore the Noosa Everglades with guided and self-guided kayak tours, on a guided boat tour, in your own boat or on foot.
For more information visit The Noosa Everglades
The Glass House Mountains
The craggy peaks of the Glass House Mountains tower above the surrounding landscape. They are so significant that they are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Register as a landscape of national significance. Walking tracks lead through a variety of open forests to lookouts with panoramic views of the mountains. You can walk around the base of Mount Tibrogargan to see its profile from many angles and to the top of Mount Ngungun for spectacular views of nearby peaks and the surrounding landscape.
For more information visit The Glass House Mountains
Buderim Forest Park and Falls
Set in a 45 hectare secluded oasis, hidden on the northern side of Buderim, less than a kilometre from the Buderim Village. This rainforest world boasts tall trees, ferns, babbling waterfalls, cascades and bird calls.
A picturesque waterfall and the surrounding tranquil rock pools and sub-tropical rainforest are mere minutes away from the beach and the quaint village of Buderim, yet feel wonderfully secluded. Visit this tranquil spot and you’ll quickly understand why Buderim Falls is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike, and has fast become one of the most Instagrammed places on the Sunshine Coast. For more information visit Buderim Forest Park and Falls
North Shore Beach – Off Leash Dog Beach @ Mudjimba
At the southern tip of Mudjimba, North Shore Off-Leash Beach is arguably the Sunshine Coast’s wildest, most beautiful slice of paradise for dogs. Extending from the beach entrance 500m south of the Twin Waters patrolled area all the way to the Maroochy River, not only does it offer a vast expanse of fine white sand but standing sentry at the mouth of the river is the mysterious rocky outcrop Pincushion Island, which itself warrants a visit.
For more information visit North Shore Beach – Off Leash Dog Beach @ Mudjimba
Head to the Conondale National Park and find lush rainforests, tall eucalypt forest, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery. The Booloumba Falls walk is 3km return and will take about two hours, plus any additional time for a picnic lunch. You’ll love exploring the rock pools and dipping your toes among tadpoles and little fish. As you follow the path you’ll come to the Booloumba Gorge which presents an impressive outlook over The Breadknife rock formation, cascading waters of the creek and the waterfalls at Peters and Booloumba creeks’ junction. In the warmer months, the main pool at the top of the falls is pretty deep and around 15m wide allowing you plenty of space to cool off with a swim. Getting to the start of this hike is a little harder. The road in is unpaved but gravel-covered and there are three river crossings. A high-clearance 4WD vehicle is recommended to access this spot – especially after any heavy rainfall.
For more information visit Booloumba Falls