One Tree Hill Maleny is one of the most photographed hilltops in Queensland. Get the inside scoop on how to find this popular Instagram and photo hotspot on the Sunshine Coast – and make sure you come away with a gorgeous photo of it too!
One Tree Hill Maleny is one of the most photographed paddocks in Queensland – and it’s not hard to see why. The whole scene is just breathtaking. A solitary tree sitting in a paddock atop a narrow ridge overlooking the majestic Glass House Mountains. Add in a magnificent sunset, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for picture-perfect success.
Known as One Tree Hill Maleny because, … well …, it’s a single tree on a hill in Maleny! Said to be one of the most photographed trees in Queensland (and possibly Australia), the lone native cherry tree has a distinctive narrow twisted trunk, topped with a thick leafy canopy. The iconic single tree, reported to be anywhere from 60 to 100 years old, has magical, unobstructed views over the Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
But before you dash off with your camera, you’ll need to be aware that One Tree Hill is private property, and a working cattle farm. You’ll need to receive permission from the property owners before being allowed entry into the famous paddock.
However, fear not, I’m here to give you the inside scoop on how to find this famous lone tree, how to gain permission to enter the property, and when best to photograph it. And if this all seems too much bother, I’ll also give you some suggestions for alternative viewpoints close by.
Let me help you discover how easy it is to find One Tree Hill Maleny.
How to find One Tree Hill Maleny
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Finding Maleny One Tree Hill isn’t difficult once you know where to look. A favoured wedding photography location and sunset picnic spot, it’s just enough off the beaten path for most tourists not to be bothered – unless they’ve done a bit of research.
The proviso of us sharing our knowledge here is that you respect the property owners’ wishes and conditions when visiting this unique site. Owned by the Woods’ family for over one hundred years, One Tree Hill is private property and a working cattle farm. Therefore, you must seek permission to enter the property ahead of your visit.
In order to capture breathtaking views of this iconic landmark, the Woods’ family simply ask that you make a booking ahead of your visit (see details below), and make a small donation of $50 – every cent of which is given back to local charities. Donations help support important local community organisations such as the Maleny Hospital, The Men’s Shed and the Maleny Historical Society, amongst others.
We think the Woods’ family are extremely generous in allowing others to visit their beautiful property so they too can enjoy the iconic tree and views, and capture it to create their very own unique memories.
It is therefore extremely important to respect the owner’s wishes by making an advance booking, giving a $50 donation, and following their instructions on how to securely lock the paddock gate when you are finished.
This will not only ensure the cattle are kept safe (as well as other passing motorists), but will make certain this beautiful and unique location will continue to be available for all who wish to visit it. If you are fortunate enough to visit, please remember to leave nothing behind but your footprints.
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Don’t worry if you are unable to make a booking, or it all seems a bit too much – you can still take a great photo of One Tree hill from behind the fence. We did just that in the shots taken above and below.
And whilst in the area, why not discover a couple of other great alternative viewpoints too?
One of my favourites is located on Mountain View Road, on the left-hand side, around 500 metres before One Tree Hill. Located on a bend, keep a lookout for a small, unmarked slip-road offering fantastic views over the Glass House Mountains.
I often throw a folding chair in the back of the car and sit here to watch the sun slip slowly behind the picturesque mountains. The gravel slip-road takes around four cars – but there rarely seems to be more than one or two cars here at any one time.
Alternatively, head to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, with its glorious rainforest walk and onsite café. With beautiful views of the mountains and valley below, you’ll find a glass-walled viewing platform inside the reserve. Directly opposite the entrance to the reserve, you’ll also find a small area on the grass verge which gives beautiful, unobstructed views of the mountains.
Located at the end of Mountain View Road, you’ll also find Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World, which affords lovely views over the Glass House Mountains. If you wish to view the beautiful gardens and exotic birds in the sanctuary, there is a small entrance fee.
Where is One Tree Hill?
One Tree Hill is located between 308 and 349 Mountain View Road, Maleny. Mountain View Road runs along a mountain ridge and you’ll find One Tree Hill on your left-hand side. If entering Mountain View Road from Landsborough-Maleny Road, drive 1.7 kilometres past Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
In order to avoid obstructing other’s view of One Tree Hill, park on the right-hand side of the road (opposite the tree and viewpoint).
When you arrive, you’ll find a padlocked gate. Upon booking and making a donation, you’ll receive instructions on how to access the property.
The perfect spot to watch the sun set over the Glass House Mountains, set up just a short distance from the tree – the ideal spot to have a romantic sunset picnic.
Best time to visit Maleny One Tree Hill
The best time to visit Maleny’s One Tree Hill is undoubtedly at sunset when the sun sinks slowly behind the mountains in the distance. With endless views across the Glass House Mountains, sunset is also the perfect time for a romantic sunset picnic or wedding photo shoot.
You’ll get that glorious golden-hour light, perfect for photographers – and it’s the ideal spot for shooting the Milky Way (during winter months only).
If you are unable to visit at sunset, try to visit early in the morning when the light is still soft and beautiful – just avoid visiting in the middle of the day when the view will be washed-out by the harsh sun.
However, just keep in mind the views at One Tree Hill Maleny are definitely worth experiencing, no matter what time of day you visit, or whatever the weather may throw at you.
How to get from Brisbane to Maleny
If driving from Brisbane to Maleny, travel along the M1 Freeway and take the Steve Irwin Way turnoff. Follow the Steve Irwin Way (State Route 6), turn left at the Landsborough-Maleny Road (State Route 23) and continue until you reach the Mountain View Road turnoff.
The journey from Brisbane to Maleny is 93.6 kilometres and takes around 90 minutes.
How to get from Noosa to Maleny
The drive from Noosa to Maleny is relatively straightforward. Head south on Eugarie Street towards Sunshine Beach Road (State Route 6). Take Eenie Creek Road (State Route 70) until you reach the Eumundi Noosa Road (State Route 12). Turn right at the Bruce Highway (M1) and follow this until you reach the Steve Irwin Way turnoff. Continue along the Steve Irwin Way (State Route 6) until Caloundra Street, Landsborough. From Landsborough, take the Landsborough-Maleny Road to Mountain View Road in Maleny.
The journey from Noosa to Maleny is 79 kilometres and takes around one hour.
Don’t forget the rules …
If you would like to make a booking to enter the private property at One Tree Hill, please telephone Mrs Woods on 07 5494 2115 (One Tree Hill). You will need to book your entry in advance and make a $50 donation PRIOR to accessing the property. The entire donation will go towards local charities and regional organisations.
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