Explore the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s best hotels

By Lachlan Probyn,

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is often overlooked by its more glamourous stepsister, the Sunshine Coast. This time around, why not head inland to discover a myriad of charming locales, natural beauties, and a stellar line-up of hotels?

In the heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Montville and Maleny are teaming with romantic, spa accommodation. Ideal for a weekend getaway or a dreamy sojourn for two, here’s our six favourite hotels certain to woo you.


Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat – Montville

A deep whirlpool spa bath? Yes please! A crackling log fireplace? Even better! A private verandah? Hello perfection! Nestled within a lush rainforest, Narrows Escape puts luxurious seclusion at the heart of the guest experience.

Upon arrival, be greeted by hosts, Joanne and Mark, and appreciate a welcome offering of chocolates and fresh flowers.

The coveted 4.5-star retreat offers six contemporary pavilions, which are fitted with tasteful furnishings, fully-appointed kitchens, and large windows that truly bring the outdoors indoors. In the morning, wake up to the sound of birdsong and dig into a hamper of freshly baked croissants delivered directly to your door.

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Lillypillys Cottages & Day Spa – Maleny

Nothing quite beats the combination of luxury accommodation and a day spa – and at Lillypillys you can indulge in this heavenly blend. Nestled in the Conondale Ranges, overlooking Lake Baroon, Lillypillys offers five cosy cottages that make for the perfect couple’s getaway. In the evening, envelop yourself in a fluffy bathrobe, and watch the crackling wood fire beside your plus one.

A stay at Lillypilly’s inevitably means a pampering spa treatment, and at Sanctuary Day Spa you can choose from a range of indulgent packages. We’re talking hot stone treatments, Zen Shiatsu therapy, and remedial massage.

You’ll be pleased to know breakfast is served to your cottage every morning from 7:30am – 9:30am, where you can sample the likes of pancakes with maple syrup and eggs benedict.

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The Spotted Chook – Montville

The word is out, it’s time to book the chook! Set in the rolling hills of Montville, this whimsical bed and breakfast is a little slice of France in the heart of rural Australia. Rooms boast a French aesthetic, seamlessly blending wrought iron, soft pinks and beiges, and white painted wood furniture. Très chic!

Enter The Spotted Chook through a wooden pathway that leads through a lush garden, and into the main house. Then sink into your clawfoot bath or bubbling spa for the night – bottle of Veuve Cliquout obligatory!

In the morning, be treated to a buffet of granola, local yoghurt, and home-baked croissants. If you prefer it hot, cooked items including eggs benedict are also available.

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Spicers Clovelly Estate – Montville

Positioned amidst a lacework of grand fig trees, jacarandas, and fruitful magnolia groves, Spicers Clovelly is an experience of the senses. This stately homestead offers spa suites and estate suites, but if you’d prefer some seclusion, go for the free-standing French cottage.

Whichever option you choose, be guaranteed luxurious Carrara marble bathrooms appointed with Appelles bathroom amenities – divine!

If you like your food as much as a bubbling Jacuzzi, sample some superb dishes at the highly acclaimed in-house restaurant, The Long Apron. Treat yourself to a European-inspired five or seven-course degustation menu that will truly tantalise your tastebuds. We’re talking aged duck breast, pear, and fennel puree alongside beeswax sorbet, honeycomb, and roasted white chocolate – plain yum!

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Blue Summit Cottages – Maleny

If your idea of heaven is curling up beside a fire, gazing out to stunning green landscapes, Blue Summit Cottages simply beckons you. In keeping with the natural surrounds, the four self-contained cottages are each named after local birdlife: cockatiel, king parrot, black cockatoo, and kingfisher.

After catching a sunset on your private verandah, retreat indoors to a haven of luxury. All the cottages are fitted with polished red-gum timber flooring, relaxing leather couches, and dreamy candle-lit spas.

When you’re ready for some shut-eye, be guaranteed a deep slumber thanks to a fluffy king-sized bed topped with luxury linen and your choice of pillow. In the morning, wake up to a gourmet breakfast hamper delivered directly to your cottage. Perfection!

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Spicers Tamarind Retreat – Maleny

Spicers Tamarind adheres to the lexicon of blending western luxury with eastern tranquility, and it does this to perfection. An Asian-infused refuge positioned in the heart of a restorative rainforest, Tamarind offers contemporary one-bedroom villas.

Settle into your outdoor cedar hot tub for the afternoon, with a glass of bubbly in hand, then retreat inside to a wood burning fireplace and a feather-topped king-sized bed.

If all this luxury has left you with a hankering for quality food, in-house Tamarind Restaurant won’t disappoint. Awarded a Chef’s Hat by the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide in 2017, Tamarind offers both degustation and à la carte menus.

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Cover image: Glasshouse Mountains Andrew Sutherland (CC BY-SA 2.0)