Maleny Trail (Peace in the Trees Circuit)

Sunshine Coast
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A leisurely walk along Obi Obi Creek from the boardwalk in town to the Golf Club and back, that passes the sculptured 'Peace in the Trees', '5th Light Horse Regiment Beersheba Museum', 'Platypus Viewing Area', 'Southern Wetlands' and historical buildings of the once 'Fairview Dairy Farm'.

Toilets
Dogs Permitted
Cycling Permitted
Eucalypt Forest

Getting there:

Head to Maleny on the southern end of the Blackall. Park in town and head to the bridge where this walk begins.

Maps:

Maleny Trail

Route/Trail notes:

From the bridge over Obo Obi Creek, take the boardwalk north and onto the concrete pathway. This first area is what can only be described as 'manicured', with the 'Peace in the Trees' sculptures and the abundance of newly planted trees. Take a right at the Museum, down to the Platypus viewing and along to the south of the Golf Course. Head up to the historic farm buildings and then back down Porters Lane to the museum and rejoin the pathway into town. There are plenty of interpretive signs along the way.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References:

Technically the Maleny Trail starts at the Showground, along 'Obi Boardwalk' into town (600m each way), but this area is very uninspiring.

From the far end of this walk, there is a link through to Gardner's Falls if you fancy a swim.

Comments

Different to the walks I usually take, first km had no shade before lunch so take a hat and sunscreen. Pretty much just walking along fields then a golf course.
However the platypus lookout... wow. It says mornings and evenings but even around midday full sun I managed to see a couple. First time I'd seen a wild platypus so I was stoked. Be patient, and follow the signs instructions. Was about 10 minutes before I saw the first few. Saw half a dozen over about half an hour. Possibly one or two of the same. Even watching the ripples and bubbles was pretty cool.

The next part is a bit meh, but there's a trail after u cross the golf course. Couple nice photo spots near the picnic area / creek.

Bit more trail up to the top of the golf course has a lot of bird sounds, and historical stuff. Kinda interesting

Definately not the usual hike. You'll either love it, hate it or land somewhere in between depending on what your usual treks are. It ain't a rainforest one, and the highlight is definitely the platypus lookout, which you don't really need to do the circuit for. Can park up near the museum brigade thing just to go there.

Still glad I did it though

CM Betelgeuse on 29 Nov, 2020

Nice easy walk.

Richard Williams on 25 Jul, 2020

Nice easy walk, and always a chance of seeing platypus.

CherylT on May, 2020

Nice walk, didn't get to see a Platypus this time.

Bearski79 on 21 Mar, 2020

The track was blocked by a fallen tree just after the fork to the creek picnic area (about halfway around the circuit) after recent rain and storms but it was a great walk there and back again, and about the same distance.

Leese85 on 27 Jan, 2020

A great track I can walk with my small dog, one of our newest regular favourites!

Leese85 on 18 Jan, 2020

Amazing, highly recommend

Suzanne on 20 Nov, 2019

Thus is a really great walk. A lot of effort has gone into planting, trail development and boardwalks. It’s lovely. I will definitely do this walk again.

Bobbe on 5 Jul, 2019

Easy walk around the golf course, lovely spots to stop along the creek for picnics.

Marisa on 19 Jul, 2018

Beautiful walk and saw a platypus!!! Easy casual walk

Petra Kliese on 15 Jul, 2018

A very enjoyable walk as you would expect at Maleny with beautiful countryside. Following the signage was a bit tricky once we got around the other side of the golf course. The historic farmhouse is Fairview and so if you remember that and follow the signs to Dairview you should be right. Once you get there you don't need to paddock bash. Follow the driveway out and turn left onto Porters Lane and then left again where the sign says private property. We did the walk on the late afternoon and finished off in the dark. A highlight was seeing platypus.

Ian and Sue on 29 Aug, 2017

A nice easy stroll.

rob.bushman on 18 Jun, 2017

I stumbled on this trail by accident, as there was no signage in town at the bridge. Being the good bushwalker I am, I just followed the path along the boardwalk and ended up on a 5.5km interesting country walk. Funnily, I had run a X-country at the Golf Club in the morning and ended up circumventing the course on the walk in the afternoon! Given the monies that have been spent on this trail by Council, there is very little detail anywhere to promote it and once you get to the old farm house at the Golf Club there is no details on how you get back to town. I bashed across a field down to the museum to get back!

F.A.B. on 7 May, 2017

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