We had intended to go to Maleny on an earlier day trip but when we reached Montville there was too much to do for us to visit Maleny as well. So we saved it for another day, and we did make it.
Maleny is elevated being in the Hinterland and overlooks the Glasshouse Mountains, although again there were some fires and the view wasn’t very clear.
The Glasshouse ‘mountains’ are the very solid cores of ancient, now extinct volcanoes. They were formed millions of years ago and the rock and soil that originally encased the cores have eroded away and left the strange shapes that remain today.
They were originally named by James Cook in May 1770 when he was sailing through Moreton Bay. He noted in his journal that – ‘these hills are remarkable on account of their singular form of elevation which very much resemble glass houses which occasioned me giving them that name’. He was apparently referring to the dark brick kilns used in his native Yorkshire for firing glass, not the agricultural structures which didn’t exist in 1770.
We moved on to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve which is a diverse tropical rainforest. We walked around and through it and it was very impressive.
There are currently over 100 species of trees in the forest.
The Reserve covers 55 hectares and contains Rose Gums and Strangler Figs that are around 400 years old. The land was privately gifted to the local Council in 1941 on condition that it be preserved and remain open for public enjoyment.
The birds in the forest pass seeds into the canopy from the fruit of tropical fig trees that sprout into vines which grow down to the ground.
When they have taken root, they grow and effectively strangle the tree that is supporting it. Over a period of 1 – 200 years, they will completely subsume the host tree and end up standing alone.
Everywhere we went there were the vines growing all over the place.
There was quite a lot of wildlife to be seen, this small bird nesting.
Any suggestions as to what type of bird it is?
We nearly walked through this Orb Spider web.
Even though it was daytime, we could hear bats chattering, but couldn’t see any of them.
Then we looked up and there they were – Fruit Bats or Flying Foxes.
We finally made it into Maleny, a nice town which hasn’t changed a lot over time.
All the shops are along a central main road, and we had a good look around.
Heather made a new friend
We had a good day in Maleny but still found time to hit the beach when we returned to Peregian
All to ourselves again.