Located just behind the Sunshine Coast rising to 450 m, lies the
Blackall Range. Originally formed by ancient lava flows and now
covered in the rich red soils that nourish the patchwork of rolling
green pastures and dense rainforests, it offers the visitor relaxed
townships, combined with some breath-taking views found in the
national parks and reserves. The range was named in 1874 after Sir
Samuel Blackall, who was Governor of Queensland between 1864-1871.
It wasn't so long ago that the Aborigines of the Kabi Tribe gathered
together every 2-3 years, on the banks of the Obi Obi at Baroon
Pocket to feast on the fruit of the Bunya Pine (Bonyi Bonyi). They
gathered in celebration and to exchange songs, tools and ornaments.
With the arrival of the timbergetters, dairy farmers and fruit
growers, much of the original forest was cleared. Soon settlements
were to appear along the crest of the range, such as Maleny,
Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton. It is this escarpment that offers
some fantastic panoramic vista across the coastal plain and the
Pacific Ocean beyond.
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Blackall Range accommodation.
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tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.