Maleny is located right at the top of the Blackall Range, so it’s the perfect place to head if you want to see some of the best views on the Sunshine Coast. This round-up of all the lookouts in and around Maleny will let you know where to go for stunning views of the Glass House Mountains, the coast and the hinterland. Don’t forget your camera!
Mary Cairncross Lookout
This spectacular view of the Glass House Mountains can be seen from the side of the aptly named Mountain View Road, just across from Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. It gets very busy here on weekends so, even though the Reserve has quite a large parking area, you might have to park some way up the street and walk back. There is a cafe, picnic area, toilets and the Rainforest Discovery Centre across the road at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
If you drive a bit further up Mountain View Road, you’ll come to McCarthy’s Lookout. The view is almost as good, although one of the trees is getting a bit tall and does get in the way a bit. It’s much quieter up here and there’s a shelter where you can sit for a while. I’d suggest bringing a fold up table and chairs if you wanted to have a picnic, as the built in ones are quite small. There are no toilets or other facilities here.
Howell’s Knob Lookout
Howell’s Knob Lookout is just off Reesville Road. A picnic shelter sits atop the hill and has expansive views of the Blackall Range. There are also some views of the Glass House Mountains through the trees. There are no facilities here other than the picnic shelter. There is a wire fence along the perimeter of the site that detracts a bit from the beauty of the spot, but it does stop people from falling off the sharp drop off so we’ll have to excuse its presence.