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  • Writer's pictureNarelle Donnellan

Exploring Noosa Hinterland...

That time again, yelp blog time! I am actually having a quiet moment to myself for a change to write this blog. I’m usually always sharing the computer with my two kids. Fortunately, at the moment my parents are up looking after the little one and the other is at school now. It’s been nice to think about all the things to explore and see here in Noosa Hinterland. Let’s face it, nothing beats Noosa (I know, I’m biased….but do you blame me?). Saying that I have just come in from a 40 min SUP (stand up paddleboard) session around the Noosa River entering in from Lions Park opposite Hastings St. It’s just so peaceful with only a few boats passing and the sun shining. The best!!! Ok, back to highlights around Noosa Hinterland…….

Noosa Hinterland Drive

Take a drive to the Noosa hinterland and stop in at the different towns. For suggested drive routes check out:

Towns in the hinterland area include: Boreen Point, Cooran, Cooroy, Doonan, Eumundi, Kin Kin, Mary Valley, Pomona and Tinbeerwah.

Further things to do in these towns:

Eumundi Markets

20 mins from Noosa

Of course, plan that hinterland drive by stopping into Eumundi Markets; Australian’s premier artisan market. It’s open every Wednesday 8am – 1:30pm and Saturday 7am – 2pm. So go on, support locals, grab a bite to eat. And if you have kids there is an awesome playground at the end of the market to enjoy.

Boreen Point

25 mins from Noosa

Boreen Point is the perfect place to launch your boat (at the boat ramp into Lake Cootharaba). Or if you don’t have a boat and prefer to kayak, you can hire one at Habitat Noosa Everglades Eco Camp. So, explore the Lake which in parts is pink and very shallow at times, through to the Noosa Everglades and enjoy the mirror finish on the Noosa River. There are only 2 Everglades in the world, here and in Florida, USA. At least here we don’t have the alligators to worry about.


15 mins from Noosa

Tinbeerwah is known for Mount Tinbeerwah. It’s one of my favourite short hikes I take my kids on. On the way up, and of course at the summit, you have amazing views of the Noosa Hinterlands, the 2 massive Lakes - Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba and out to Noosa Heads. It’s a super easy walk, mainly flat incline with steps occasionally. Only takes about 15-20 mins to walk each way, as you drive right to nearly the summit.


30 mins from Noosa

Pomona, I have to admit is a town I have to explore more of. It’s mostly known for climbing Mt Cooroora also known as Pomona Mountain. This is one steep ascend with chain railing to help you. I am yet to adventure up it as I know with two little kids in tow (who sometimes need to be carried), it isn't doable. Now reading up about the trail and seeing the amazing view at the summit, I’m so keen for it, especially while the grandparents are here to help with the kids!!


10 mins from Noosa

You have to drive through Doonan to get to Eumundi, so why not stop and explore for a bit. Doonan is home to Ikatan Spa, a famous day spa here in Noosa. It’s surrounded by Balinese tropical gardens and it’s actually listed in Australia’s top 5 destination day spas….that’s impressive. It just sounds so peaceful and relaxing. I’m definitely adding it to my birthday list, hint hint if my husband is reading this.

Mary Valley

30 mins – 1 hour from Noosa

Mary Valley is an area of several villages. It starts only 30 mins from Noosa and leads into Gympie, 1 hour away. Named after the Mary River. Take the picturesque winding road and explore the Amamoor State Forest, if you're around in August, it is home to the annual National Country Music Muster. Drive further into the town of Gympie which is actually quite large, with lots to do like the Mary Valley Rattler Train ride, Explore the Gold Mining and Historical Museum or the Gympie Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre, and many more things to do.

So, go on, get in your car or hire one or better still take a day tour from Noosa showing all the highlights discussed. There’s so much more to Noosa and surrounds than just the stunning beaches. Perfect places to explore on overcast days too. See you soon!

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