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Population 1003

This small and relaxed farming centre is in the northern hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. Mount Cooroora rises 439 metres above the town. Each July mountain runners from around the world flock to attempt the base–summit and back again race, the winner being crowned King of the Mountain.

Visitor Information

Railway Station Gallery, Station St; (07) 5485 2950.

Nearby national parks

  • Great Sandy National Park

    Great Sandy National Park encompasses World Heritage–listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world; nearby Woody Island;...more

  • Noosa National Park

    The natural delights of Noosa National Park include spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and wildflowers. Rocky headlands protect quiet...more

  • Kondalilla National Park

    Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, is an apt name for this national park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland,...more

Nearby towns

  • Noosa Heads

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  • Yandina

    Yandina is in the Sunshine Coast hinterland north of Nambour. The first land claims in the area were made here in 1868. It is now home to...more

  • Gympie

    On the banks of the Mary River, north of the Sunshine Coast, is the heritage town of Gympie. It was established when James Nash discovered...more

In Town

Majestic Theatre: authentic silent-movie theatre with cinema museum and regular screenings; Factory St.

Noosa Shire Museum: tribute to shire's past in old council chambers; Factory St.

Railway Station Gallery: converted station featuring local art; open Tues–Sat; Station St.


Boreen Point This sleepy town is on the shores of Lake Cootharba. The town features a 2.4 km walk from Teewah Land to Noosa's north shore beaches, and boardwalks into the surrounding wetlands. There are holiday cottages, and boat hire is available on Lake Cootharba. Try the many watersports on offer, including canoeing and kayaking. Windsurfing and yachting competitions are held here throughout the year. The lake is near where Mrs Eliza Fraser spent time with Aboriginal people after the wreck of Stirling Castle on Fraser Island in 1836; 19 km NE.

Cooroy: large residential area with excellent art gallery and cultural centre in the Old Butter Factory. The Noosa Botanical Gardens and Lake Macdonald are nearby; 10 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

Mooloolaba 45 km

It’s 6am on the Mooloolaba waterfront behind Kawana Waters Hotel. The temperature is mild enough to be wearing shorts and a shirt. All is quiet amid the moored boats except for the eager anglers sitting around the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 44 km

Join a half-day or longer guided bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Queensland, particularly the popular Sunshine Coast ride or Maleny to Glass House Mountains. A back-up bus is included if it all gets too much.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Noosa Springs Resort 24 km

Laid out across 50 hectares of bushland on the shore of beautiful Lake Weyba, Noosa Springs takes you on a gently rolling journey between rainforest pockets, along the edges of lakes and through bloodwood forest,... Find out more

Palmer Coolum Resort 31 km

Resort courses are sometimes labelled, perhaps unfairly, as all being similar to one another: wide fairways, big undulating greens, large bunker schemes, the obligatory drinks cart. Some might even say a round of golf... Find out more

Twin Waters Golf Club 37 km

By the end of the 1980s, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast had a handful of good member clubs. In the ’90s, as the region became home to Australia’s fastest growing population, more golf courses and more... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Sunshine Coast Brewery 38 km

Queensland’s longest-running microbrewery has been operating from an industrial estate on the outskirts of Maroochydore since 1998. It was established by Jim Robinson and Queensland craft-beer pioneer Graham Howard... Find out more

Campsites around town

Gheerulla camping area 24 km

The Gheerulla creekside camping area is 8 km north-east of Kenilworth, accessed 6 km north-east of Kenilworth along the Eumundi–Kenilworth Rd (4WD only). It is illegal to collect firewood from the forest, so bring... Find out more

Fig Tree Point camping area 24 km

This campground beside Lake Cootharaba in the Cooloola section has basic facilities and a maximum capacity of 25 campers. It can be reached by boat or canoe from the Noosa River, 2 km north of Kinaba, or by a 10 km walk... Find out more

Harrys camping area 26 km

This is the only campground in the Cooloola section with vehicle (4WD only) and Upper Noosa River access. It is 10 km east of Cooloola Way on Harrys Hut Rd. Campers should be aware that goannas and brush turkeys often... Find out more

Cedar Grove camping area 27 km

Cedar Grove camping area in Amamoor State Forest has tent and caravan campsites in open grassy areas beside riverine rainforest of white and red cedars, as well as tall open forest and Amamoor Creek. Bring along a... Find out more

Noosa River camping area – no. 1 (boat-based camping) 28 km

Take a paddle down the Noosa River in the Cooloola section to this remote campsite, accessible only by small boat or canoe (jetty provided). It caters for a maximum of 8 campers and offers few facilities. Boil or treat... Find out more

Amamoor Creek camping area 30 km

A rare find for pet owners, this camp is dog friendly. Take care though, as the creek is home to platypus and a variety of frogs. The flat, grassy campsites are suitable for tents and caravans, and surrounded by majestic... Find out more

Wandi Waterhole camping area (bush camping) 31 km

Wandi has clearings for bush camping suitable for self-sufficient hikers, around 12.5 km south of Neebs Waterhole in the Cooloola section. Access is walk-in only from the Cooloola Wilderness Trail. Carry in drinking... Find out more

Noosa River camping area – no. 4 (boat-based camping) 31 km

This campsite, just to the north of camping area no. 3 on the Noosa River in the Cooloola section, is the first of a series of isolated bush camps for self-sufficient campers. Accessible only by canoe (no motorised... Find out more

Borumba Deer Park 31 km

Kids adore this friendly, family-owned park where you can take tours of the grounds and feed the deer. Set on 6 ha of bush along the banks of Yabba Creek, there are powered sites, a kiosk, laundromat, 2 amenities blocks,... Find out more

Teewah Beach camping area 34 km

You can camp on Teewah Beach in the 15 km zone between Noosa Shire boundary and Little Freshwater Creek in the Cooloola section, but there are no facilities provided. Access is 4WD only, with room for off-road caravans... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Noosa Bougainvillia Holiday Park 16 km

With good facilities, this is a quality park opposite the Noosa golf course. It is very popular year-round and a great base for spending a holiday in the Noosa area. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Coolum Beach Caravan Park 30 km

This is a popular beachfront holiday park just across the road from the centre of Coolum. Walk to the shops and restaurants, swim at the patrolled beach or soak up the sunshine, or do all three! Bookings are required in... Find out more

Big4 Maroochy Palms Holiday Village 37 km

Across the road from the Maroochy River, this very good quality park has much to offer. Book in here and enjoy the facilities, including the kids club, tennis court and pool, or relax and enjoy a cappuccino from the park... Find out more

Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park 37 km

A quality council-operated establishment, this is a neat and well-laid out park in a quieter area just a short stroll from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more

BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort 39 km

This award-winning park is set on over 19 ha of parkland. There is a large pool, tennis court, squash court, minigolf and a licensed restaurant. The Bruce Highway is close by and the Sunshine Coast beaches are just 15... Find out more

Cotton Tree Holiday Park 40 km

Located along the waters edge at the mouth of the Maroochy River, this large council park has more than 400 tourist sites. It has a selection of eateries and shops immediately opposite the park entrance and is within... Find out more

Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park 44 km

This park is split over two locations. The main section is in Parkyn Parade, while the smaller section is at Mooloolaba Beach. We think the beachside section has the best outlook of any park in Australia: it overlooks... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Noosa Avalon Cottages

Noosa Avalon Cottages are set on 12 beautiful hectares of countryside near Mount Pinbarren, at the entrance to the Kin Kin Valley – Noosa’s hidden paradise hinterland. The farm has three cottages and two... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Six Mile Creek rest area 22 km

162km N of Brisbane (L) or 6km S of Gympie (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the creek.

Chatsworth rest area 33 km

6km N of Gympie (L) or 55km S of Tiaro (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Country market: Stan Topper Park; 2nd and 4th Sat each month.

King of the Mountain: July.

Silent Movie Festival: at the Majestic Theatre; Nov.

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