You can start either end, the first way being from the Maleny Showgrounds, across Obi Obi Creek and along the Obi Obi boardwalk. Things brings you out into Coral Street, head downhill to the Maleny Library, then either across or under the road and onto the new Maleny Boardwalk which takes you along the Obi Obi Creek.
Check out ‘Fairview’ and the Pattemore family. John and Emily Pattemore moved from Tilba Tilba in NSW to Maleny in 1907. Drought in NSW had forced many farming families to seek dairy farming land where there was more reliable rainfall.
The Pattemores farmed this land for 41 years. The Maleny Co-operative Dairy Society recorded in their minutes that the Pattemores purchased shares in the Society early in 1908. The purchase of shares allowed them to participate in the very successful local milk market.
Their long term tenure of this land reflects the prosperity of the dairy industry in the area which saw some 300 dairy farms in operation in the early 1950’s.
The property has seen continual use as farmland until the purchase of Armstrong’s farm in 1995 by the Caloundra City Council and Porter’s farm in 2004. In 2006/7 the Caloundra City Council undertook a study for the development of the maleny Community Precinct. In June 2010 the detailed Master Plan was endorsed by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
The Maleny Trail is just one of the exciting outcomes of the unique Maleny Community Precinct. The pamphlet is available at the Maleny Visitor Information Centre.