The Sunny Coast Hinterland… Stay at Secrets and soak in the extraordinary sights and experiences of the hills
We moved to the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the 1970’s because it truly is an oasis… and in all that time across all those seasons, the rolling hills and lush valleys have always been green. The views from our vantage in the hills of the beautiful Blackall Range out across the Glasshouse Mountains and beyond to the coast really are amazing… but it doesn’t end there. We experience such beauty every time we take a drive that we as locals can fall trap to taking for granted. But we shouldn’t. It is unique and breathtaking. It speaks to the soul and puts everything else in perspective.
Take a leisurely drive west from Mapleton township and you experience beautiful panoramas of the lush Obi Obi Valley. Glimpses of the majestic Lake Baroon from the Montville-Maleny range road are also amazing, but the lake views that our treehouse guests and Dining on the Deck patrons enjoy across Lake Baroon from their lake’s edge perch are truly magic and will leave you picking your jaw up off the ground.
Step out of your car and stretch your legs along the Great Walks Sunshine Coast trails from Lake Baroon to beyond Mapleton… 57kms of bushwalking through ancient rainforests, babbling waterways, and places of extraordinary beauty just waiting for you to experience. The walk has been created so it can be tackled in sections and becomes doable for the average nature lover to explore. If your legs don’t stretch that far, then very near to the walks Lake Baroon entrance is the Obi Obi creek which flows through the National heritage listed Obi Obi Gorge. You can walk down to the creek, rock hop across to the other side and along to a large rock pool where you sit under a beautiful waterfall and swim. The gorge can be difficult to access from the creek itself but can also be seen from the Great Walk above.
Every corner of the hinterland from the Glasshouse mountains through Maleny to Montville and beyond has a unique and stunning natural feature to explore. Places like the Mary CairnCross Discovery Centre and Australia Zoo are also full of local information and stories. You can also enjoy the other special things like extensive local produce, stunning food and restaurants, and beautiful creative art available here from our talented local artists.
If this was all it was, it would be enough to thrill the average nature lover… but historically the Lake Baroon is also exciting and humbling… it was here that our indigenous people have held the Bunya Nut Festivals for thousands of years and still to this day. We are told that some came from as far away as Townsville to take part. The serenity and magical ambiance of Secrets on the lake may partly be due to our locale at the heart of the historical Bunya Nut festivals.
We suggest that when you come and visit… take some time and stay in style. Why not experience our world class treehouse accommodation at Secrets on the Lake, situated on the edge of Lake Baroon and near the entrance to The Great Walk. Take a welcome cooler break here in the hot summer months, or enjoy a cosy romantic log fire to ward off the winter chill. And with so much to explore up here in the hills, you might need a few days to soak it all up.