Hibiscus Hideaway is located in Cooke Rd, Witta on the acreage property of the owners. Witta (originally Teutoburg), located within the Blackall Ranges, was first established around 1887 by German immigrant families. The name Witta is a corruption of the word “wetya” meaning dingo in the Kabi language. The local state school closed in 1974 and is now the site for a farmers market held every third Saturday (morning) of the month.
Bird life in the area is abundant, and Rosella and mountain parrots can often be seen feeding on the seeds of the butterfly plants growing between the hibiscus.
Maleny is a small scenic town, 450 metres above sea level, 90 kilometres north of Brisbane on the Blackall Range overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and part of the Hinterland Tourist Drive. It is one of the wettest towns in Queensland away from the tropical north coast. Temperatures are mild. There are art galleries, health food and organic produce stores, cafes, the Maleny Credit Union, thriving business centre, rural settlements, alternative schools, alternative medical treatment, organic farming, international communities and the Fountainhead organic retreat and education centre.
Maleny hosted the Maleny Folk Festival from its inception in 1987 to 1993, when it was moved to the nearby town of Woodford and renamed the Woodford Folk Festival.