The History of Montville, Queensland
Nestled in the scenic Sunshine Coast hinterland is the picture perfect town of Montville. A popular destination for tourists and vacationers alike, Montville offers a range of cultural experiences for visitors of all ages. But behind the boutique cafes and craft markets lies a rich insight into the region’s past.
The original pioneers of Montville were Peter Weitemeyer and his wife Isabella, who selected land on Mill Hill Road in 1887. The land was originally used for plantations, supplying much of the sunshine coast region with produce such as bananas, oranges, pineapples, macadamias, avocados and strawberries. The plantations produced an excellent income for many of the region’s families and greatly increased the value of land. In the early 1900’s, Montville became a part of the Moreton Mill tramway, carrying passengers, timber, livestock, fruit and sugar cane between larger settlements in Queensland’s south east. Once a month it ran day excursions for visitors from Brisbane.
Over the next 50 years Montville grew into a thriving agricultural town. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that Montville became the popular holiday destination that it is today. Unfortunately, due to extensive bush fires, many original buildings were damaged and had to be torn down. Today, Montville’s history is preserved in a small number of cultural heritage sites.
Visitors can browse through original photos currently on display at the Montville Village Hall. This town hall was originally founded in 1896 as the Montville school of arts and still stands as a testament to the region’s cultural development. The Methodist church is another historical site that draws many tourists to the region. Constructed in 1912 it is now known as the Uniting Church and is the site of one of the region’s earliest graveyards.
Today, Montville is a small picturesque town with a permanent population of just over 900. It is amazing how this town’s industry evolved from small agricultural beginnings into the thriving tourist destination it is today.
If you are looking for a quaint, homely getaway, consider Montville for your next holiday. One romantic getaway is Hunchy Hideaway, located in the Hunchy Valley just 2km from Montville. Visit them online for more information or to book a holiday now.