Montville, Queensland

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Lookout from Montville
Montville is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°41′S 152°53′E / 26.683°S 152.883°E / -26.683; 152.883Coordinates: 26°41′S 152°53′E / 26.683°S 152.883°E / -26.683; 152.883
Population886 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Glass House
Federal Division(s)Fairfax
Localities around Montville:
Obi Obi Flaxton Hunchy
Witta Montville Palmwoods
North Maleny Balmoral Ridge Landers Shoot Eudlo

Montville is a small town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on the Blackall Range in Queensland, Australia, around 400 metres above sea level. At the 2011 census, Montville and the surrounding area had a population of 886.[2]


Aboriginal culture[edit]

The original inhabitants of Montville were the Kabi tribe.

Early settlement[edit]

The first white settlers arrived in the area in 1887 and the town, originally Razorback,[3] was later named at a community meeting where it was voted on. The name was recommended by Henry Smith (who bought a selection of land there in 1893) after a suggestion by his mother, as it reminded her of their early years in Montville, USA.[1]

From about 1900 the town became a popular mountain resort.[4] Montville was the setting for Eleanor Dark's 1959 novel Lantana Lane.[4]

Montville Post Office opened by February 1910 (a receiving office had been open from 1897).[5]

Montville was predominantly a logging then farming community (dairy, citrus, avocados, pineapples and macadamia nuts) until a tourism boom which commenced during the 1970s, taking advantage of the scenic views of the Sunshine Coast and the nearby rainforest walks.

Heritage listings[edit]

Montville has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


The town is well served with facilities, including churches, a village green and community hall and a large sportsground featuring a football field, tennis courts and a wood working centre. The Montville State School, founded in 1896, has grown in recent years and now has around 160 pupils.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits Main Street.[7]


Shops at Montville

The town is now a popular short break tourist destination for the people of Brisbane and is famous for its parks and walks including the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Popular attractions include galleries, restaurants, wineries, clock shop, cheese factories, and craft and clothing shops. The world-renowned Australia Zoo is a 20-minute drive down the range at nearby Beerwah. Montville is becoming a very popular location for destination weddings at its many resorts, b&bs, wineries and restaurants.

The Baroon Pocket Dam in nearby North Maleny, which provides water for Caloundra and Maroochydore, is also a recreational facility, permitting boating, fishing and picnicking.

There are many places to stay in and around Montville, with accommodation ranging from private cottages to family style units and suites.


  1. ^ a b "Place Name Origins - Maroochy Shire Council". Maroochy Shire. 2006. Archived from the original on 10 December 2006.
  2. ^ "Montville (Maroochy Shire) (State Suburb)". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  3. ^ 'The Smith Family - From Birtsmorton to the Blackall Range'
  4. ^ a b Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 132. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Montville Memorial Precinct (entry 602616)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Montville, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons