Property and surrounds

Maleny Accommodation by a Lake

When you drive across the causeway onto the property at McCarthy Lake House you can easily be forgiven for thinking you have arrived on an island. Surrounded by lakes the 3.5 hectare property has abundant bird life and trees and gardens.

The property is working to be sustainable and ethical . We now have our  beehives which are tucked down my end of the property and our hens that eat the scraps and provide fresh eggs.

The birds and wildlife are a great source of joy for me.

The property has a gaggle of geese, magpie geese, trees full of lorikeets, turtles that love to sun themselves on the rocks as well water hen and wood ducks.

Water monitors also run around the lake area.

If you are a patient person you can go down early in the morning or at dusk and watch the platypus bobbing up and down in the lake. Children can’t usually be quiet enough for this one but they can get to see the turtles sunning themselves on the rocks.

Rainfall is something I am often asked about. Here is a link to the Maleny rainfall history from 1915 !!


Only 2.5 km from the town centre of Maleny you can enjoy a walk past the high school and  primary school taking in the historic RSL building and Maleny Hotel just before the OBi Obi river. Our new Obi Obi walk way has just also recently opened.

Once in town there are many places to dine or shop.

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Where to eat close by when staying at McCarthy Lake House


Breakfast in Maleny

Maleny is fast developing a unique breakfast culture.  We have several choices including Maple 3, Monica’s,

Mary Cairncross

or if you are more of  a nature lover instead of heading right to the township you can head left (south) and walk via the footpath around to Mary Cairncross and the fabulously popular natural rainforest walk.

They serve a delicious breakfast that you can enjoy while taking in the breath taking views of the glasshouse Mountains. A very special spot indeed.

The rainforest walk is flat and easy and there is a side gate that is open from 7am onwards.  After 9am you can enter through the centre and they ask for a gold coin donation. The last two times I did this walk little wallabies hopped across the path as if it was orchestrated for our benefit.