German cuckoo clocks on the Sunshine Coast

A couple of months ago, after our first weird experience of a hinterland scenic drive, we dared to explore another Tourist Drive in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Alas, it turned out to be fabulous with picturesque views of the hinterland and the coast, and quaint little towns along the way. The Blackall Ranges tourist drive is just what I had expected of the Glass House Mountains so I was happily enjoying being driven about on my Saturday outing!

Blackall Ranges Tourist Drive

You can almost glimpse the coastline on the horizon, almost…

If you travel down from Nambour to Landsborough on Tourist Drive #23, stop and visit the three “M-towns”: MapletonMontville and Maleny. Montville is that perfect little, almost kitschy but not quite, town where you can stuff yourself full of slightly overpriced food – but with gorgeous views as the backdrop.

If you don’t like eating, you can buy a ton of things you don’t really need. Like German cuckoo clocks… who would have thought that there’s an appetite for German cuckoo clocks on the Sunshine Coast but there it is!

Cuckoo clock at Montville

Grandfather cuckoo clock, Montville

Alpaca sign in Montville

Or if you don’t like cuckoo clocks, buy some alpaca stuff

Alternatively, you could just get some traditional Germany Christmas decorations. Who doesn’t like buying them all year round?! Can’t say that I’ve ever considered that but hey, why not?! Most of these are actually genuine so they come with a hefty price tag.

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Since I’m a bit of a fan of old lanterns, I was pretty happy to find some along the main street in Montville…

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Montville

Time for a break from all the shopping

A few hours later, mostly because I have to look into almost every shop and it takes me just about forever to decide where and what to eat, we got some pretty cool views of the Glass House Mountains. Strange that you don’t get these kinds of views when you actually take the Glass House Mountain tourist drive… hm.

Blackall Ranges Tourist Drive

Glass House Mountains. You can just glimpse Brisbane in the background.

Blackall Ranges Tourist Drive, view of the Glass House Mountains

Climbing Mount Coolum… Queensland’s 10,000 steps
Getting close to kangas at Australia Zoo
Scenic drive through the Glass House Mountains
Winter is glorious… Exploring Noosa NP
Tasting ginger at the Buderim Ginger Factory
One for the kids… Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

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