The History of Maleny Manor

The Vision

Dianne Weedon, was a young and ambitious 23-year-old who graduated in Home Economics and moved to the Gold Coast to start her career as Catering Manager at Seaworld Resort. With a dream to travel the world and learn more about the hospitality industry, Dianne was the first Australian student to be granted a place at the renowned Cordon Bleu School in Paris. In her travels around France and Europe she quickly became intrigued by ‘home away from home establishments’ – offering luxurious accommodation, impeccable and personalised attention and a fine fare dining experience.


Despite significant difficulties, Dianne's passion for hospitality never faltered, wishing to create Australia’s most exclusive guesthouse.


The Planning

Taking a drive with friends one day, Dianne found herself in the small village of Maleny - the idyllic setting she had always envisioned. Deciding on the location was one thing, finding a site that fulfilled the specific requirements would be another. Months later, Dianne inspected a 30 acre property on Maleny Road and began to envision where the house would stand, the placement of the gardens, tennis court and pool.


Next was to find an architect to take the vision to paper. The brief that was given to Frank Raadschelders, a local Sunshine Coast Architect, was to create a building to externally reflect the elements of the Federation and Queensland Vernacular styles, show romantic traces reminiscent of the smaller rural French chateau, perhaps a hint at the spirit of a Swiss chalet, yet to be uniquely appropriate to the terrain. 

Every detail was considered during the design of the building, from consideration of the climate; to the pitch of the roof and dormer windows; to the private balconies allowing guests to take in the ocean views.


The Build

Wanting to be apart of her vision, Dianne was the onsite Project Manager, however not many builders were prepared to allow this supervisory responsibility, or the freedom to select her own sub-contractors. Local builder, David Wilson, was not only excited about the project and working alongside Dianne, but was a craftsman to whom the word ‘compromise’ did not exist.


The Beginning

After two years, Dianne Weedon opened the doors to Maleny Manor in August 1989 as Australia’s most exclusive guesthouse. Complete with six ensuited accommodation suites, two dining rooms, state of the art kitchen, ceiling hung open fireplace, sauna and indoor Jacuzzi, as well as outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and manicured gardens. The ‘all inclusive’ price per night included all meals prepared by Dianne herself, free flowing beverages from the cellar and bar, as well as a high level of customer service.




Thirty one years on and Maleny Manor’s door are still open and welcoming guests to the stunning private property. While the grounds and building have seen some additions over the years, and the exterior shade of blue to a classic white, Maleny Manor is proud to be one of the first private wedding and events venue on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and continues to be an industry leader providing all of the core requirements that Dianne envisioned for her exclusive guesthouse -  luxurious venue, personalised service with impeccable attention to detail and a fine fare dining experience.


Credit to Queensland Homes Summer 1990 ‘The Making of the Manor’ for facts and information listed within this article and images

Paddington Weddings Bridal Designs Launch

Bridal Gown Inspiration Maleny Manor
Renowned bridal house Paddington Weddings launched their new collection as part of the Bertossi Brides Label at Maleny Manor, with a stellar team of creatives who added their touches to the day.
'The collection offers clean lines with a timeless, classic silhouette for todays modern bride', Designer and brand owner, Anne Bertossi as she excitedly speaks about the new collection.  Each gown is individually created by the Paddington Weddings team of talented curators, hand made for each of their clients in their studio in Brisbane. Anne sources the highest quality fabrics and European laces abroad and new offering from the Bertossi Brides label range offers affordable, yet luxurious gowns for brides all over Australia. To create this amazing shoot, Anne selected some of the Sunshine Coast's industries leaders including Mondo Floral Designs creating wedding bouquets, hair flowers and an incredible floral ring. ‘I wanted to accent the colours of the sky through the florals, so we designed the concept with peach, apricot, mid pink, and burnt apricot tones, with a pop of focal with the divine King Protea and of course the gorgeous peach Phalaenopsis orchids', Terrianne Foale, Director and lead floral designer.    Wedding hair stylist, Evalyn Parsons, along with Kate Ellen Make Up Artistry created a soft and feminine style to compliment the stunning gowns, with the images on the day captured by the incredibly talents Liz James from Soda Photography. With her perfect eye behind the lens, Liz has a soft spot for Maleny Manor, 'I’m lucky enough to get to shoot at the Manor fairly often… it is honestly a photographer’s dream location! The thing I love about Maleny Manor is that there is something different to work with and eye catching each time I am there. It’s one of those special locations that is amazing year round'. 
This collaboration was a wonderful day for all and Anne Bertossi and her team at Paddington Weddings are excited to welcome all their upcoming brides to view the new collection.  
Gowns: Paddington Weddings  Photographer: Soda Photography Venue: Maleny Manor Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs Hair: Evalyn Parsons Makeup: Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry

Summer Sunset

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most loved destinations, with stretches of coastline from Caloundra to Noosa, paired with the mountainous range of the hinterland boasting rainforests and national parks. Our recent styled shoot was all about the Sunshine Coast Summer – relaxed outdoor dining. 

Our style team of Lovebird Weddings and Mondo Floral Design created a playful summer alfresco outdoor wedding dream. Beginning in The Pavilion with an outdoor ceremony, then wandering to The Helipad for drinks and canapés at sunset. For the reception an exceptional outdoor dining experience in front of the Manor taking in the sweeping views and evening lights of the Sunshine Coast coastline.

Think ‘contemporary fresh’. Hints of soft muted mustard, honey and amber, toffee roses, cappuccino tones with pops of lemon, paired with soft linens . Wild winsome poppies, bold skies, fresh cuisine and clinking glasses in toasts of love.

Amber tones shining through the coming season with luxury amber glassware from Table for Louis, along with Noritake raised rim dinnerware and gold cutlery. Bamboo chairs add a relaxed coastal style or choose the white bentwoods for a more classic style. Finished with rich mustard linen napkins and sophisticated menus, with custom place card wrap from Bluebird Invitations.

All this under festoon lighting with the backdrop of Maleny Manor, Noosa and Mt Coolum on the coastline.


Stylist: Lovebird Weddings
Florist: Mondo Floral Designs
Photographer: Calli B Photographer
Venue: Maleny Manor
Videographer: Anchored Cinema
Wedding Gowns: George Wu Design
Mens Wear: Mitchell Ogilvie
Sleepwear: Piyama sleepwear
Jewellery: Poeta Jewellery
Hair Stylist: Evalyn Parsons Hair
Make Up: Tasleema Nigh
Models: Que Models
Invitations: Bluebird Invitations
Wedding Cakes: Zoe Clark Cakes
Tableware: Table for Louis
Gelato Bike: Dolciandco
The Beach House: Private home




Summer Hamptons Style

Hampton Style Place Setting - Corporate vent

Summer Hamptons Style Wedding

A special summer concept offer for those amazing Maleny Evenings…

A touch of elegance on our white pavilion kissing the edge of the valley to the Sunshine Coast, with views to Mt Coolum and Noosa over our rainforest valley.

Flow through the whole estate in a variety of spaces or rooms in style.

Fresh Hamptons styling, bountiful foods, plus professional assistance… so the concept, planning and setup is seamless.

A vision of styling and florals to add all the luxury elegance you could imagine outdoors but undercover with a much more relaxed style of summer time dining on the edge.

Start on the plateau, move to the pavilion and garden party with a glass of bubbles in hand, flowing through the whole venue and the grand finale the “Supper Club” and dance time inside the Manor with the indoor/outdoor bar.

We have a team of Maleny Manor Mentors to guide you through all the processes and assist you with full style briefings, unique florals, hand crafted foods and beverage, service you desire and a coordination team with you each step of the way.

 Welcome to our Hamptons in the Hills…


Venue: Maleny Manor

Photographer: Calli B Photography

Film: Motion Reel Films

Concept & Styling: Lovebird Weddings

Florist: Mondo Floral Designs

Cake: Zoe Clark Cakes

Stationery: Bluebird Invitations

Tableware: Supper Club Co.

Plants: Sunshine Coast Indoor Plant Hire

Springtime Wedding In Queensland

A springtime wedding in Queensland brings cooler temperatures and longer days. It is also the most popular season for weddings because of the abundant supply of flower options for your wedding blooms. To assist with all things wedding florals, we spoke to Terrianne from Mondo Floral Designs on floral seasonality.  

It can often be a very confusing adventure navigating your way through the information on what flowers are available for your wedding day, and you certainly wouldn’t be the first bride-to-be to assume that your absolute favourite bloom MUST be available for your wedding day, because let’s face it each and every wedding magazine that you buy features it on the front cover!

However depending on what date you have chosen to say ‘I Do’ available wedding blooms generally change for each month. More times than not a wedding date is in place and it can be overwhelming and often a little upsetting for brides-to-be to find out that their dream wedding flower isn’t going to be available. It’s important to do a little research before getting your heart set on certain wedding flowers, and talking to your floral designer is by far the best way to access accurate information on seasonality and available wedding flowers for your day.

So it’s no surprise when clients come to see me and are completely confused by what wedding flowers are available and at what time of the year. The good news is though, there are wonderfully delicious wedding flowers available for each and every season, so regardless of what time of the year you choose to celebrate your love, we can assist you in planning for your Sunshine Coast wedding flowers concept, providing you with accurate knowledge and professional advice, as well as creating a unique floral concept of seasonal blooms for your beautiful day!

One Tree Hill, Maleny

Maleny’s most photographed private paddock, may also be the biggest charity earning paddock in Australia?

Owned by The Woods family, One Tree Hill donates all proceeds to charities and has donated over $40,000 since it opened to the public.  

‘The entire Maleny community is my family’ says Mrs Florence Woods. Florence is a long time local resident arriving in Maleny with her husband Frank.

The Frank family believed that if you don’t need anymore, then you give it away and have been donating proceeds from One Tree Hill into the Maleny Community since 1917. 

Over 20 years there have been thousands of brides and grooms use that sacred spot.

That charitable organisations that have benefited from this gesture are Maleny Solder Memorable Hospital, The Maleny Men’s Shed, The Maleny Show Society, Maleny Centaur Cadets, The local school Chaplains, Senior Citizens plus any in the community suffering tragic circumstances or just in need of a helping hand.

A simple bush tree perched on the edge of the majestic Glasshouse Mountain view has given so much, to so many.

Choose a professional photographer, who will arrange entry and pay the $50 charitable donation at the address on the gate mate. And please, as you enter, do tip your hat to Frank as a sign of thanks, and stop and ask for his permission to do, so just like his Grandkid’s still do, out of pure respect to one of Maleny’s founding fathers.