From Brisbane go over the Gateway Bridge and through the toll leading onto the Bruce Highway. Follow the signs to the Sunshine Coast. After 10 km take the Glass House Mountains exit on the left (there is a big brown sign mentioning Beerburrum, Maleny and Landsborough). Then look for the signs for Maleny as you transit Landsborough and begin the climb up a steep road into the Blackall Ranges towards Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. From Maleny you'll see signs for Montville and Mapleton. Be aware that the Sunshine Coast is a popular weekend getaway for Brisbanites, so expect a slightly longer drive in this direction on a Friday afternoon. You will also have to pay the toll on the Gateway Bridge as you leave south Brisbane.
Delicia Road Conservation Park - Adjacent to Mapleton Forest Reserve, just to the northwest of Mapleton. Tel: +61-7-5494-3983. Protects rainforest remnants. Walking tracks. No camping.
Mapleton and Mapleton Falls National Park - Obi Obi Road. Tel: +61-7-5494-3983. The Falls tumble 120 metres down the escarpment from Pencil Creek. 26 hectares with rainforest and nice views and typical Blackall Ranges wet eucalypt environs. Picnic area, toilets, shelters, barbecue facilities and walks. Can be crowded during holidays. No camping.
Mapleton Forest Reserve - just to the northwest of Mapleton. Tel: +61-7-5494-3983. 11,000 hectares with several picnic areas and walks. Camping allowed in three areas (with permits).
Seaview House (St Isidore's Farm College) - 40 Post Office Road. Most historic house in the region, built in the early 1900s by Mapleton orchardist William James Smithnow, and later bought by Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane for tertiary training. Now privately owned.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk - 58 km walk through the Blackall Ranges, starting from Lake Baroon near Montville. Subtropical rainforest, tall open eucalypt forest and picturesque waterfalls. Entire walk takes 4-6 days. Tel: 13 13 04 to book campsites, which have water, toilets and platforms.
Lilyponds Pizza, Post Office Road, Tel: +61-7-5445-7722.
Mapleton Tavern, Corner of Montville-Mapleton Road and Obi Obi Road, Tel: +61-7-5445-7499., . Restaurant with views. Meals can be taken either in the dining room or out on the veranda, which overlooks the Sunshine Coast. Bottle shop.
Senor Paella Catering, 115 Dulong Road, +61-7-414159978 07 54762292 or email email@example.com, . - Outside catering that requires no facilities; traditional Spanish paella cooked in huge pans in your garden, the park, even at the beach.
Lilyponds Holiday Park, 26 Warruga Street. Tel: +61-7-07 5445 7238, . Cabins, caravans, camping, swimming pool, camp kitchen, under-cover gas barbecues, TV lounge plus playground for children. With avocado orchard and Wi-Fi internet access.
Mapleton Cabins and Caravan Park, Obi Obi Road. Tel: +61-7-5445-7135, .
Obilo Lodge, Obi Obi Road. Tel: +61-7-5445-7705. Bed and breakfast on five acres of natural rainforest.
Pencil Creek Cottages, 64 Johnson Road. Tel: +61-7-5445-7190, . 3 self-contained cottages on 10 acres.
Taman Sari, 226 Obi Obi Road. Tel: +61-7-5478-6868, . Private, self-contained pavilions with tropical gardens and broadband internet.
QCCC Mapleton, 70 Obi Obi Rd, ☎ 07 5456 3600, . Highly sought after conference and camping facility also boasting an outdoor education program. Accommodation for 240 guests, four swimming pools, meeting hall for 600 people, climbing wall, canoeing lake, abseil tower, archery and much more.edit