Montville

A township in the Blackall Range that has been developed on the lines of an European mountain village complete with Swiss and Bavarian chalets, mills and Tudor cottages, which were built to promote Montville as a kind of European mountain village. The village also home to a remarkable proliferation of arts and crafts galleries, gift and specialty shops, tea rooms, restaurants and cafes. 

Location: 60 km north of Brisbane.

Natural features: Blackall Range; Obi Obi Creek; Senses Trail/Razorback Lookout; Lake Baroon; Kondalilla National Park (incorporates 327 hectares of lush subtropical rainforest; Kondalilla Falls, 90 metres high; Skene Creek; Picnic Creek).

Built features: various galleries, craft and glass blowing studios; Settlers Rise Vineyard and Winery

Kondalilla National Park

Kondalilla National Park incorporates 327 hectares of lush subtropical rainforest and tall open forest on the western edge of the range. The most popular attraction therein is Kondalilla Falls which drops 90 metres from Skene Creek into some picturesque water pools below. The latter make for some ideal swimming in the summer. Picnicking is popular. There is no fresh water available in the park but facilities include a parking area, picnic facilities, barbecues, shelter sheds, toilets, a lookout and three walking trails which start in the picnic area west of the car park.

There is a 400-metre walk (one way) through open forest to Picnic Creek, the Picnic Creek Circuit (2.1 km) which takes in a lookout over a rainforest valley from the top of Kondalilla Falls, and the Kondalilla Falls Circuit Walk which winds down from the aforementioned lookout to the base of the falls. The latter walk is 2.7 km from the top of the falls or a strenuous 4.8-km return trip from the picnic area.

The Park is home to the Bunya Pine, which drops cones weighing up to 10 kg, containing large nuts on which the local Gubbi Gubbi people once fed. Fauna includes the rare spotted tailed quoll, the peregrine falcon, the red goshawk and many reptiles and frogs.

Razorback Lookout

A Senses Trail commences at the amenities block in front of the Village Hall. It leads across the pedestrian bridge and around Razorback Lookout.


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Lake Baroon

Baroon Pocket Dam, completed in 1989, covers 380 ha. It is the principal source of water for Caloundra and Maroochydore. It is a popular scenic location used for recreational purposes such as swimming, fishing, sailing and canoeing. Near the spillway are a viewing platform, barbecues and toilets. From the car park below the spillway, visitors can join a 2.4-km walking circuit through cool rainforest environs and Obi Obi Gorge. Obi Obi Creek eventually flows into the Mary River near Kenilworth. Lake Baroon is surrounded by Obi Obi National Park. Reflections on Lake Baroon hire canoes, paddle skis, aqua bikes, catamarans, sailboats, small yachts and fishing boats.

Brief history

The Blackall Range was home to members of the Kabi tribe who gathered every two or three years on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek at Baroon Pocket to feast on the fruit of the Bunya Pine (Bonyi Bonyi). White timber getters entered the area in the 1850s but another 30 years would pass before the land was subdivided and opened to dairy farmers. Within a short time, the cultivation of tropical fruits was commenced.

Origin of name: originally called Razorback, the local residents led by storekeeper Henry Smith requested Montville, an artificial name from mont, meaning mountain, and ville, meaning town. It was changed officially to Montville in November 1897. It has been said that Smith's sister, Emma Irons, lived in Montville, Connecticut, USA. The first two suggestions -Razorback and Vermont - were rejected because those names had already been used.

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