Wine, Beer & Whisky Trail
Discover the best Sunshine Coast Hinterland vineyards and craft breweries the easy way as our Wine, Beer & Whisky Trail takes you in comfort through beautiful landscapes to three of our favourite Hinterland watering-holes.
Discover the best Sunshine Coast Hinterland vineyards and craft breweries the easy way as our Wine, Beer & Whisky Trail takes you in comfort through beautiful landscapes to three of our favourite Hinterland watering-holes. (And by water, we mean alcohol). And there’s a tasty suprise for lunch - authentic German food with German-style brews to match.
What to expect
Like beer? Like wine? Like whisky? Can’t decide what you’d like to taste?
You don’t need to because our Wine, Beer & Whisky Trail has everything. And because we do all the planning, booking and driving, all you have to do is turn up and enjoy the experience!
You can mix it up in comfort and style as we pick you up from your chosen pick-up point in our COVID-safe air-conditioned minibus. We’ll drive you in luxury through the beautiful foothills of the spectacular Blackall Range to our first stop, the iconic Clouds Vineyard, which showcases a range of handcrafted wines and beers in its barrel-shaped Tasting Hall.
After a refreshing sip (or two) it’s time to jump back in the minibus for the scenic route towards Maleny and your second stop, the awesomely Germanic King Ludwig’s Restaurant & Bar. Sit down to an amazingly authentic award-winning German lunch and a choice of tasty Teutonic beers as you gaze at the spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
You’ll finish your day somewhere back in the 1950s at Rick’s Garage, a vibrant retro diner with a specialist whisky bar and heaps of laid-back atmosphere. When you’ve had time to discover your rockabilly roots, we’ll drive you back in safety and style to your chosen drop-off point.
● Transport to three awesome destinations
● Wine Tasting @ Clouds the Barrel
● Authentic German lunch at King Ludwig’s Restaurant & Bar
● A visit to Ricks Garage Whisky Bar
● Comfortable air-conditioned minibus with Bluetooth connectivity for your choice of music
● Door-to-door pick-up and drop-off
● Your choice of pick-up and drop-off points
● COVID-safe transport and practices
● Qualified, experienced driver
What’s not included:
● Private expenses or take-home wine
Our Wine, Beer & Whisky Trail is perfect for groups of friends or work colleagues, for serious wine, whisky or beer fans or for the occasional tippler. It’s a different way to celebrate a birthday or as a pre-wedding get-to-know-you trip for your guests. And it’s a fun day out for absolutely no reason at all. Who needs a reason when there’s German food and great views involved?
Book in advance section:
Each of the venues we feature has a COVID-safe policy, which means visitor numbers are more limited than usual. Don’t forget to book early!
The tour starts at mid-morning at your chosen pick-up point, relax on the short half-hour drive while our experienced driver takes you through the luscious, spectacular foothills of the Blackall Range, through quaint towns and past awesome lookout points. It’s a pretty drive, all the way there and back.
Our first stop of the day is at Clouds Vineyard, located up at the magnificently-named Bald Knob. The vineyard has inspirational views and the team will welcome you into The Barrel, a barrel-shaped tasting house that’s packed full of opportunity to taste some of the best wines and craft beers in Australia.
Clouds showcases a range of award-winning wines from Granite Ridge, Casley Mt Hutton and Kominos wineries, as well as a choice of exciting beers, such as the exclusive stout “Dark Cloud” brewed specially by their mates at Copperhead Brewery.
After you’ve enjoyed the views, wines and brews at Clouds, we hope that you’ve worked up an appetite because the next stop is a treat and a half! It’s off toward Maleny for lunch at King Ludwig’s German Restaurant & Bar, where Barbara & Klaus and the team will give you a warm welcome. Grab a verandah seat because the views across to the Glass Mountains are spectacular!
You don’t find many authentic German restaurants in Australia, never mind the Sunshine Coast, so tuck in to Bavarian specialties, washed down with your pick of German beers. The range is extensive so you might find it difficult to choose. Try DAB Dortmund or Altenmünster Marktoberdorf from the Helles range. If you prefer a Pilsner, go for the Radeberger Dresden or Weltenburger Pils but there’s also smoked beers, wheat ales and Original Kölsch to sample. Don’t forget to check out the specials board for the current guest beer. By the way, it’s not all bratwurst - veggos and vegans have their own delicious menu. Lederhosen optional.
This is a chilled-out tour, so we don’t prise you from your lunch and throw you into the minibus for your next stop. There’s plenty of time to rest and digest, but don’t get too much of that after-lunch sleepyhead feeling because the final stop on your RTW Tour is upbeat, uptempo and back-to-the-50s. Rick’s Garage at Palmwoods is a Sunshine Coast institution, and you’ll soon see why. It’s the real-deal retro diner, with vintage cars and bikes outside and, inside, vintage rockabilly memorabilia (yeah, trying saying that after a few beers) and 1950s decor just for the fun of it.
Converted from an old petrol station and auto workshop, Rick’s Garage is a perfect way to end your beer and wine trail, because, this time, it’s whisky. Upstairs at Rick’s is an outrageous whisky bar, with over 70 varieties waiting for you as well as some house-infused whiskies doing their thing in oak barrels live in the bar. And, yes, the whisky cocktails are the best we’ve tasted.
After you’ve totally chilled out, it’s time to head back to your chosen drop-off point. We’ll wake you when we get there!
Book your Wine, Beer & Whisky Trail now!
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