The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is something of a Goldilocks Zone in Australia because it never gets too hot, too dry, too humid or too cold. All year round the region offers residents and tourists alike a gentler climate – cooler and drier in the summer, while remaining balmier in the winter.
Locals talk of a slow, gentle transition between the seasons – the Hinterland actually does get four seasons – and the change from summer to autumn is no exception. The autumn months are some of the more popular ones to visit the Hinterland, in fact, because you can unwind and cool off after a summer of heat in the city. You’ll still get the odd 25C day, but you’ll also be able to enjoy brisk 15C days as well; perfect for trying one of the many woodland walks around the towns of Maleny and Montville.
Come and see the autumn leaves
Of course, there’s not much change in the colour of the palm trees and the evergreens on the Sunshine Coast, but when you head a little more inland, you’ll see the maple trees and the camellias as well as several other brightly coloured flowering trees putting on a riotous show of red, orange, pink and purple.
It’s not all about the trees
With the extreme summer heat a thing of the past, as soon as the temperatures drop spending time outdoors is not so exhausting. One of the great things about the Hinterland is its huge number of woodlands and botanic gardens, as well as its food and wine experiences. You can easily spend all day wandering through the 55 acres of the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Alternatively, you can explore the street of Maleny and Montville, checking out the many art galleries and independent retailers there, before taking a break to fill up on food. Choose from vegan, free-range, Aussie, international, bespoke, whatever you want – and head back to your luxurious boutique cottage at Blue Summit where a cosy evening fire keeps any Autumn chill at bay.