The Blackall Ranges were once a meeting place for the Kabi tribe of Aboriginals, who chose the banks of the Obi Obi creek as a place of enrichment and celebration every few years to feast on the fruit of the Bunya pine, exchange songs, stories, tools and ornaments, arrange marriages and resolve conflicts.
Timber cutters began to visit in the 1850’s and the earliest settlers began to arrive in the 1880 ’s when they took up farming – such things as dairy, citrus, avocados, pineapples and macadamia nuts. Some of the first businesses, stores and village post office were opened after this time as well as a sports ground, school and the School of Arts, now the Montville Village Hall, where there is a fine gallery of early photographs. Many of the towns historical buildings are signposted with information for visitors today.
In the 1970’s the area experienced a tourist boom due to improved roads making the small townships more accessible and the scenic views of the Sunshine Coast and the lush rainforest walks. Due to the foresight of these earlier settlers Montville continues to thrive today as a unique town with true village charm.
With its close proximity to beaches and Brisbane, the area is a wonderful getaway for visitors. Montville is home to unique award winning restaurants, coffee houses, Art Galleries and specialty shops which maintain their own special blend of character and individual style. The area is well known for its creative aspect with art galleries, pottery studios, craft cottages, fashion houses, gift and antique shops, as well as the many accommodation options, stunning scenery including rainforest, waterfalls, ocean and mountains. Its pleasant climate also lends itself to refreshing swims by day and cosy fires by night. Montville is certainly worth a visit with so much diversity to offer, from its unique history to its continued captivating romantic and cultural qualities.
Isn’t it time you booked your next break?