The Festival of the Walks

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  • Location: Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Montville 4560 Queensland

The Festival of the Walks is a two-week long celebration over Father's Day, 2009. The absolute beauty and charm of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland offers visitors the opportunity to experience a magnificent selection of rainforest and mountain walks, ranging from easy to strenuous, from 20 minute strolls to walks of several days.

Experience some of the range's most scenic areas: warm subtropical rainforest, tall open eucalypt forest and picturesque waterfalls.

The area has many superb walks. Individual walks maps have been produced for the most popular walks. These are available at the local information centres or can be down loaded from the Maps section of this site.

The Individual walks maps provide the opportunity for visitors to the area to enjoy a self guided tour.

The maps highlight points of interest and other useful information. They are available free of charge!

Walking groups may be conducting guided walks in the area during the Festival. Visitors are encouraged to contact these groups direct if looking for a guided walk. Contact details appear on this site under the walking groups section.

The most extensive of the walks is the Great Walk which winds through the scenic Blackall Range, a cool retreat on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The Blackall Range is about 90 kilometres north of Brisbane. It is one of Queensland's most dramatic hinterland areas. As you leave the highway and head up the range, enjoy views of mountains and valleys to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

The Maleny, Montville and Kenilworth townships and the villages of Flaxton & Mapleton provide unique shopping and a range of accommodation options from family motels to luxurious hinterland retreats, bed and breakfasts and caravan parks.

The Festival will also feature a music program with local artists performing during the weekends.

Details of the Music Walk which gives visitors the opportunity to stroll between the musical entertainment whilst enjoying the cafes, shops and galleries will be posted on the website.

Downloadable "Festival of the Walks" pdf Map
Sunshine Coast Hinterland - 29 August to 13 September 2009

Individual event details available on the Festival of the Walks website.

Contact: Bob Morrow
Organisation: Blackall Range Business and Tourism Association
Contact Details:
Phone: +61 (0)7 54786435

Great events being added all the time, so keep checking the website for locations & times, some examples are:

Walking & Yoga :: Artists Painting :: Artists Demonstrations :: Lampwork Beadmaker Demonstration :: Musical Stroll @ Montville :: Mapleton Forest Walk :: Belly Dancing Workshops :: Live Life Villages Photo Competition :: Maleny Arts Retreat :: Walk on the Wild Side exhibition :: Potters Demonstrating :: Michale Jones, Live Painting :: Strings at Sunset :: Art Exhibition :: Gong / Sound Healing :: Baxter Creek Walk :: Spring Market :: Arts Connect Exhibition

Individual Maps Available on the website for each of the following walks
(including if they are wheelchair accessible)

[ A ] The Fig Tree Walk 1.2km - 45min return - Park on the Maleny side of Booloumba Creek. Walk across road bridge to the boardwalk entry. A sealed and boardwalk track provides wheelchair access which highlights giant specimens of the Moreton Bay Fig. Avoid touching the heart shape leaves of the giant stinging tree.

[ B ] Mapleton Falls & Wompoo Circuit 1.3km - Moderate Grade - 45min return to lookout - Superb lookout next to car park with wheelchair access-picnic area and 1.3km circuit-spectacular views of waterfall and rainforest valley below. Listen for the Wompoo Fruit Dove calling from its treetop feeding sights.

[ C ] Linda Garrett Reserve Circuit 40min - return - The walk is through wet Eucalypt forest and a Palm grove along tracks and a boardwalk. It returns along a forest management trail. Car parking available on Delicia Road.

[ D ] Kondalilla Falls Walks 2.4km to 4.6km - 45min to 2hrs return - From the car park to the picnic area and toilets is a steep concrete path-not wheelchair friendly. The walk to the top of the Falls-the Picnic Creek Circuit-is 2.4km, allow 45 minutes as the steps back up are quite steep. There is a natural pool and lush vegetation. The Kondalilla Falls Circuit descends to the valley below and up the other side-allow 1 hour-the return track is strenuous.

[ E ] Hinterland Great Walk - The start of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. This 58km walk crosses the Maleny-Mapleton plateau and the Blackall Range. Towering Bunya Pines, rushing waterfalls and rugged, scarred landscapes are some of the natural wonders to be discovered. There are a number of walks from 2 to 7 hours. Most walks are not a circuit, you may need to arrange 'drop off' and 'pick up'. Sections of the Hinterland Great Walk are remote and isolated - be well prepared. Contact EPA Wildlife on 1300 130 172, Maleny Service Office on (07) 5494 3983 or Kenilworth Office on (07) 5446 0925.

[ F ] Gardner's Falls 1km - 30min return - Drive to the car park on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek-a short level walk down stream to the falls. A popular picnic spot and a large pool at the base of the falls.

[ G ] Mary Cairncross Park 1.2km to 1.75km - One of the best remnants of subtropical rainforest in Australia with amazing views across to the Glasshouse Mountains and an excellent education centre. The Park has some very large trees which attract a rich variety of birds. Many rare and threatened tree species flourish in this park and the endangered Coxen's Fig Parrot and Richmond Birdwing Butterfly have been seen.

[ H ] Obi Boardwalk 30 mins return - This delightful boardwalk illustrates the beginning of a longterm process of re-creating a sub tropical rainforest. Platypus may be seen! Enter opposite Bicentenary Lane - a superb rehabilitation project from Barung Landcare.

[ I ] Berganns Walk 20min - Easy Grade - The original footpath from Berganns Road to Witta Road. In early days it was used by school children. It passes in sight of Berganns private cemetery and the first Lutheran Church in the district.

[ J ] Tete Park - Tete Park next to Crystal Waters Eco Village offers a beautiful little public picnic area and kids playground on the banks of the Mary River. Drop down into the secluded Riparian Zone of the river and enjoy a swim. Early mornings or late afternoons are the best times to spot Platypus.

Some of the Events happening with the Festival of the Walks, keep checking the website for dates & times and to ensure you don't miss out on any additions:

Gong or healing sound spectacular - Saturday 29 August - Maleny Community Hall - This will involve a number of us playing gongs and perhaps other sound healing tools such as crystal bowls for an hour. Gonging produces multiple waves of sound which is very relaxing, balancing and healing. We would like to do the session as a fund raiser for Shed the Light and the Ebenezer Foundation, charities which care for homeless children in Nepal and Zambia.

Walk and yoga building the mind, body and spirit - Saturday 29 August - 7:30am - Arrive Kondalilla Falls Nat Park car park via village of Montville, 8:00am to 8:30am - Yoga Chi Gung Class (lake baroon picnic area), 8:45am - Depart Walk Baroon Pocket to Kondlilla Falls, 2:00pm - Arrive Kondalilla, 2:30pm - Coffee in Village of Montville, 3:00pm - Close and return journeys by private vehicles. Cost: Only $10 to support the Festival of Walks. Gold Coin donation to support Intrepid Foundation work in India

Musical stroll through Montville - Saturday 29 August - A selection of music will be available throughout the day for your enjoyment throughout the day and into the evening. Here's what's on: 11:00-2:00pm - Bruce Barnett Jazz Trio at The Edge, 12:00-2:00pm - Epiphony Five Piece Folk outside Chocolate Countryv 12:00-4:00pm - Bill Ryan performing at Montville Bar and Grill, 07:00-9:00pm - Nightly entertainment and dinner at Zanas@Montville

Several artists painting on site
- Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 August - 29th August - Karen Nicol (painting/acrylics) - Come and watch Karen demonstrate the art of acrylics. AND 30th August - Rosie Jamison's (leadlighting) - Rosie will be demonstrating her methods used for creating her unique leadlight collectables.

Musical stroll through Montville - Sunday 30 August - A selection of music will be available throughout the day for your enjoyment throughout the day and into the evening. Here's what's on: 11:00-2:00pm - Jessica the harpist in front of the water wheel, 12:00-3:00pm - The Express at Camphor Cottage, 12:00-4:00pm - Brian Carlton performing at Montville Bar and Grill

Live Life Villages Competition - 22 August to 06 September - Now in its 2nd year, this competition will again provide established, emerging and junior photographers with an opportunity to display and sell their works whilst also raising much needed funds for selected community charities. The Live Life Villages Competition offers prizes totalling $2,000 over several categories in the promotion and sales of works as well as fundraising for community needs.
Charitable beneficiaries this year will be Alzheimer's Australia and Maleny Ambulance Service. THEME - "Live Life to the Full". Photographers are encouraged to submit entries that capture the essence of what it means to Live Life to the Full, to seize the moment and to make the most of opportunities.

Artists in Residency demonstrating skills and discussing paintings - 29, 30 August & 05, 06, 12, 13 September - Participating artists include: Chris Postle, Ron Cameron, Ken Wenzel, Tod Whissen, Gary Myers, Matt O'Callaghan, Kendall

Lampwork bead maker demonstration - 29, 30 August & 05, 06, 12, 13 September

Visit Maleny Arts Retreat for Arts, Walks and complimentary Refreshments. WIN a Gary Myers' original artwork. - 29 August to 13 September - Gary Myers, along with a number of other select artists, invite you to celebrate the Festival of the Walks by showcasing the beauty of the Blackall Range. Both 2D and 3D art will be on display. Visit Maleny Arts Retreat and take in the incredible views of the Glasshouse Mountains. Walk around the property, through remnant rainforest and enjoy the beautiful vistas. Back at the Gallery there will be free tea and coffee whilst you sit back and view the artist at work in his studio. Every purchase at Maleny Arts Retreat goes into the draw to WIN an original Gary Myers' painting, drawn in time for Christmas, valued at $4,200.00.

Walk on the Wild Side - 29 August to 13 September - An exhibition of art featuring Australian flora and fauna by the gallery's leading artists

A Hard Walk Through Mapleton State Forest (9km approx.) - Tuesday 01 September - A tough walk, all graded track with lovely forest along Scrubby Pocket Break. Start point either Tank Break or the Cedar Creek Rd. One long steep up section. Located between Cooloolabin Dam and Belli Park. Meeting place is The Mapleton Tavern Car Park (behind the Tavern) at 0700, departing (by Car-Pool) at 0715 to the start of the walk. The walk will take about 3 hours and will return to the Mapleton Tavern. Walk is organised by the Bush & Beach Walkers, a group of friends who enjoy bushwalking in the Mapleton State Forest and nearby areas. Usually walking every Tuesday morning. Phone contact is Jane on 0400 252 495, or email Mike at

Belly Dancing Workshops - Friday 04 & Saturday 05 September - These will be run by a qualified instructor. These are fun and may interest those who would like something different.

Strings at Sunset - Saturday 05 September - Here is your chance to relax on the deck at Flame Hill Vineyard with glass of wine, breathtaking views and the sublime classical notes of the Tulipwood String Quartet
TULIPWOOD STRING QUARTET is an exciting new talent on the Australian classical music scene. All eminent professional musicians they have studied worked and travelled nationally and abroad extensively. Since meeting whilst working with The Queensland Orchestra, they have discovered a similar addiction to chamber music and what began as fun and indulgence to play the great string quartet literature with great friends has become a serious pursuit to bring the great masterworks to new audiences.
Tulipwood string quartet has quickly established themselves as a fresh and dynamic group performing for Queensland Music Festival with Katie Noonan and Vince Jones, Chamber Music Queensland Concert Series, 4mbs classic fm radio concert series, Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival and The Queensland Orchestra chamber music concerts to great critical acclaim. Their performances offer a cutting-edge artistry and resonate with a love of classical music. They share a great commitment and respect for classical music and enjoy creating their own individual interpretation of new and familiar works. Phone 54785920 to book your seat and pre-purchase your ticket - Tickets $40 includes a glass of wine and canape's.

Musical stroll through Montville - Saturday 05 September - A selection of music will be available throughout the day for your enjoyment throughout the day and into the evening. Here's what's on: 12.00-2.00pm - Epiphony Five Piece Folk in front of The Bower Bird, 12.00-4.00pm - Lara Thompson performing at Montville Bar and Grill, 02.00-4.00pm - Captain Tricko - Blues, on the Upper Floor Pottery, 03.00-6.00pm - Strings on Sunset Classical Concert at Flame Hill Vineyard, 07:00-9:00pm - Nightly entertainment and dinner at Zanas@Montville

Two of our potters will be demonstrating - Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September - 5th September - Fay Warren (pottery) - Fay will be demonstrating her handbuilt whimsical creations with clay. AND 6th September - Anneke Krijgsman (pottery) - Anneke will be building the pots that she uses as a stand for the fabric sculptures out of clay but she is also happy to tell you more about how to create the fabric sculptures.

Michael Jones, live painting - Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September - Easy parking & many other local art works on display.

Musical stroll through Montville - Sunday 6 September - A selection of music will be available throughout the day for your enjoyment throughout the day and into the evening. Here's what's on: 12.00-2.00pm - Sista Music-Strings Cello/violin and percussion outside Jasmin Cottage, 12.00-2.00pm - Epiphony Five Piece Folk on the Pagola at The Edge, 12.00-4.00pm - Brian Carlton performing at Montville Bar and Grill

Baxter Creek and Falls Walk - Tuesday 8 September - A picturesque walk from Flaxton Mill Road, Flaxton, down the valley to Baxter Falls, and returning up to the Obi Obi Road, walking back along the footpath to the Mapleton Tavern. There is plenty to be seen, including a varied selection of rainforest plants like huge crows nests, Staghorns, and the like, as well as crossing the Baxter Creek Suspension Bridge. Meeting place is the Mapleton Tavern Car Park at 0700, Car-pooling and leaving for Flaxton Mill Rd at 0715 to commence the walk. Organised by the Bush & Beach Walkers, a group of friends who enjoy walking the Mapleton State Forest and other local areas. We usually walk every Tuesday Morning meeting at 0700 behind the Mapleton Tavern.

Musical stroll through Montville - Saturday 12 September - A selection of music will be available throughout the day for your enjoyment throughout the day and into the evening. Here's what's on: 10.00-1.00pm - Artist on the green, Didjgerdoo performer Bob Robinson on the Village Green, 11.00-2.00pm - Shaken and Stirred, Swing Jazz outside Jasmin Cottage 12.00-4.00pm - Captain Tricko Blues band in front of Amazen, 12.00-4.00pm - Bill Ryan performing at Montville Bar and Grill, 07.00-9.00pm - Nightly Entertainment and Dinner at Zanas@Montville

Artists will be painting on site - Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 September - 12th September - Carole K (painting / acrylics asian theme) - Carole K will be painting in acrylics with an Asian theme, with which she became interested while living in Indonesia. AND 13th September - Wendy 'Ladybird' Hickey (silk painting) - Wendy will be demonstrating silk painting.

Exciting Exhibition of Work from Arts Connect Inc. - Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 September - The Great Walks will be the theme when Arts Connect Inc. members exhibit their work in St Mary's Hall. On Saturday 'Artists on the Green' (all arts connect members) will display and demonstrate their art on the adjoining Village Green. Members are all residents of the Hinterland and can be expected to bring their love of this unique area to this body of work.

Musical stroll through Montville - Sunday 13 September - A selection of music will be available throughout the day for your enjoyment throughout the day and into the evening. Here's what's on: 11.00-3.00pm - Art Gilbert, Latin Reggae Up Stairs on the Pottery, 11.00-2.00pm - Murray Wall, Guitarist/songwriter at The Edge, 12.00-4.00pm - Brian Carlton performing at Montville Bar and Grill

Mapleton Spring Market - Sunday 13 September -
Mapleton's seasonal community market is on to coincide with the last day of the Festival of Walks. This is a real village community market with a wide range of quality stalls featuring locally made and grown products of all kinds. Our extraordinary location on Mapleton's famous Lilyponds is worth a visit on any day with great food and coffee to be found around the village.

The Blackall Range Business & Tourism Association Inc. :
PO Box 180, Montville
07 5442 9174
The Blackall Range Business & Tourism Association Inc.

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