5 Best Restaurants in Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland

Altitude

$$$ Fodor's choice

With stunning 180-degree views from across the range to the coast, Altitude combines low-key fine dining with straight-up delicious food—and wines to match. The interior is modern, with a bush-inspired palette. Outside, casual bench-style seating is framed by a wall of succulents. The local-produce inspired menu is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also stay in the attached hotel.

94–96 Main St., Montville, QLD, 4560, Australia
07-5478–5889
Known For
  • three-course menu (A$65) is excellent value
  • casual fine dining with stunning views
  • menu combines local produce with pan-cultural flavors
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Courtesy bus to local accommodations available 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

Spirit House

$$$$ Fodor's choice

This iconic Yandina restaurant does a remarkable job re-creating contemporary Thai cuisine on Queensland soil. The menu, which includes three four-course and degustation options, changes seasonally, with most ingredients sourced locally. Save room for delectable desserts. The tranquil garden setting includes a lagoon and Buddhist shrines, and lights up magically at night with fairy lights. Spirit House also runs a popular cooking school with lively, learn-and-dine classes held daily. The Hong Sa Bar serves Asian-inspired cocktails alongside a delectable bar menu.

20 Ninderry Rd., Yandina, QLD, 4561, Australia
07-5446–8977
Known For
  • signature whole crispy fish with tamarind-chili sauce
  • contemporary Thai food in a serene garden setting
  • all staff spend time in Thailand as part of their training
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues., Reservations essential, Three-course minimum

Maleny Food Co.

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Maleny Food Co. started life as a café and fromagerie, making artisanal gelato and sorbet on the side. While the cheese and café offerings are worth sampling, it’s the gelato that most people come for. Made from fresh Guernsey milk and cream, and available in over a hundred flavors, the gelato and sorbet regularly features on award lists and is critically acclaimed

29 Maple St., Maleny, QLD, 4552, Australia
07-5494--2860
Known For
  • take-away cheese boxes and grazing boards
  • showcasing food from local farmers and producers
  • award-winning gelato in over a hundred flavors
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No dinner

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Maple 3 Café

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This local favorite changes its menu daily, but there are always fresh salads, focaccias, pastas, and plenty of dessert options. Come in for breakfast or brunch, grab a sandwich and a huge slice of homemade cake, and head down to Lake Baroon for a picnic. Or just sit out front on the deck and watch affable Maleny townsfolk go about their day.
3 Maple St., Maleny, QLD, 4552, Australia
07-5499–9177
Known For
  • local institution with great coffee and hearty breakfasts
  • dessert selection, including cheesecake and chocolate brownies
  • three resident water dragons (lizards) that sit by the tables

Montville Café Bar Grill

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Twinkling with fairy lights by night and window-box blooms by day, this friendly, "ye olde English"–style family pub on Montville's main street provides a free courtesy bus to and from local accommodations every evening. Start with the salt-and-pepper calamari, and work your way up to a generous Darling Downs eye fillet, with a quality range of Australian wines to accompany. The venue’s alfresco café serves a lighter lunch menu, as well as coffee and cakes.

Main St., Montville, QLD, 4560, Australia
07-5278–5535
Known For
  • live entertainment on weekends
  • convivial pub atmosphere
  • local institution
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Courtesy bus to local accommodation 5:30–10 pm nightly