Just 20-30 minutes inland of Noosa lies the Noosa Hinterland, a lush landscape of rolling hills, lakes, and mountains, ideal for a weekend of exploration. Spanning across towns of Cooroy, Pomona, Kin Kin, Eudmundi, Cooran and Doonan, there are endless markets, cafes, historic sites, and trails to wander about.
Each town within the Noosa hinterland offers a different experience, so we suggest starting at the Heart of the Hinterland, Cooroy. Explore historic pubs and cafes before making your way to the Butter Factory Arts Centre. Just outside of town, you’ll find the Noosa Botanic Gardens complete with an amphitheatre set alongside Lake McDonald. Next, continue to the town of Pomona, nestled at the foot of Mt. Coolum where you can attend the Majestic Theatre, the oldest running silent theatre, while taking in panoramic views of the hillside.
For the ambitious, Mt. Coolum offers a climbing experience for the bold, consisting of 429m high volcanic rock. Enjoy views of coastal lakes and the Great Sandy National Park at the top. Or if a relaxing walk is more your style, head to Kin Kin where you’ll find the head of the Noosa Trail Network, providing trails for horse, mountain bike, and walking. Jump start your walk with a meal in the town’s gourmet restaurants and pubs, while enjoying a vibrant local art scene.
Head to Doonan to experience the edges of the Tewantin National Park and Lake Weyba. Kayaks make for an amazing site of reflections in the water - a birdwatcher and photographer’s dream. Before leaving the Noosa Hinterland, stop in Cooran for bush walking that ends in beautiful swimming holes, perfect for an afternoon dip before completing the day with sunset views at the Cooran Tablelands Lookout.
The Noosa Hinterland is a getaway for those seeking history, arts, and a culinary experience, or for those looking for a vibrant outdoor community of bush walking and horseback riding to views of both the coast beyond and hills below. Easily packed into a day or extended into a weekend, the Noosa Hinterland is nothing short of an experience for the senses.