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Finding your ideal accommodation in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland isn’t hard when you’ve got some of the best Slow Stays at your beck and call.

From cutesy cottages to sleek Scandinavian-inspired houses and rainforested hideouts, there’s a tidy selection of getaways all within one scenic hour’s drive of the Sunshine Coast’s best beaches. 

So take the high road to the hills and settle into conscious accommodation in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where magical misty moments are scattered throughout the villages from Montville to Mapleton.


Montville, Qld

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Lovestone Cottages018

If the gentle hum of cicadas and peaceful jungle solitude aren’t your vibe, then it’s best you steer clear of Lovestone Cottages. The Montville Slow Stay is a beacon of tranquility nestled on a historic logging acreage where you can opt for the full serenity treatment. Check into one of the three cottages, named for local wood varieties, and spend your days bathing (in the freestanding bath and the forest) and wandering fruit orchards and flourishing veg gardens until your heart hums with the peace of it all. 



Mapleton, Qld

The scent of blooming roses will follow you at Gracie Cottage as you waft mindfully through your day. Take the slow road and stay in without feeling the pressure to see and do, occupying yourself by reading, relaxing, or just sitting on one of two decks to enjoy expansive views of the Obi Valley. An outdoor bath under the stars completes this charming vignette along with a crackling fire-pit and plenty of rural-life touches like fresh farm eggs on the included brekkie platter.   


Round Hill Retreat

Mapleton, Qld

Roundhill Retreat, QLD
Roundhill Retreat, QLD
Roundhill Retreat, QLD

The sleek luxurious interiors and rainforest on your doorstep at Round Hill Retreat in Obi Obi will woo anyone looking for a one-way trip to calm-down town. One of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s most underrated gems, this patch of forested calm is verdant, lush and filled with waterfalls. If you can wrest yourself away from the cabin where the pizza oven, concrete plunge pool and all manner of ways to relax will do their best to trap you. Still need convincing? Every stay equals a donation to Trees for the Future too! 



Maleny, Qld

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Scandi at Maleny fireplace

For luxury accommodation in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, overlooking the rolling Maleny mountains, look no further than this chic and simple bolthole. Forty-five minutes from the coast and only 12 minutes drive of the bustling village vibes of Maleny, Scandi at Maleny is a much-needed reminder that changing your pace is as simple as changing your perspective. The prefab cabin invites you to leave your worries at the door and sink into each moment with intention. The mindful folk behind the sustainably built stay go the distance when it comes to care for people and the planet too, partnering with 1% for the Planet, OzHarvest and ZeroCo. How’s that for resting easy?!  

Desta Cullen

Desta Cullen is a writer and editor who crafts stories of food, culture and travel with a particular love of sustainability, slow fashion, creativity and conscious lifestyles. When she's not working, she spends her time digging in op-shops for pre-loved treasures, attempting to garden and turn the family home into a bright, art-filled junglescape.

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