Suggested Drive - Northern Loop
Northern Loop (135 km day trip) Boreen Point – Kin Kin - Cooran
Morning: Boreen Point – Mill Point
To reach Boreen Point turn right on to McKinnon Drive from Tewantin and enjoy the relaxing hinterland scenery, then turn right on to Louis Bazzo Drive. The small lakefront village of Boreen Point is accessible by turning right on to Laguna St, the gateway to the upper Noosa River, the Everglades and the Great Sandy National Park. Unwind on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, hire a kayak and glide over tranquil waters, watch the sailboats or catch a fish for a BBQ. The public picnic area on the Boreen Point foreshore has a playground, BBQ facilities and a general store close by.
The Boreen Point Campground is located on Lake Cootharaba within the bushland reserve. This is a great day area for swimming, boating, canoeing and is part of the Noosa Bird Trail. The campground also has beautiful lakefront campsites for tents and campervans if staying longer and is a 5-minute walk from the historic Apollonian Hotel, open from 10am with a unique pub-style menu in an authentic colonial setting.
A little further on, see kangaroos wandering through the trees at the Elanda Point Education Centre and Adventure Park which has a kiosk on the shores of Lake Cootharaba. From here you can 4WD to Harry’s Hut and through to Rainbow Beach or take the sealed road to Kin Kin.
Mill Point is a short walk from Elanda Point, following a walking track off Lake Flat Road and is the site of one of the earliest European settlements in the region with a sawmill operating from 1871-1892.
Get fit and enjoy the spectacular Noosa hinterland countryside on the Noosa Trail Network. Trails are well signposted, with picnic shelters, water tanks, interpretative signs and scenic lookouts. Of various lengths and across a variety of terrain, they can be completed in sections or in combination – some require a high level of fitness.
Driving further along Junction Road, Cootharaba Road and Kinmond Creek Road to Kin Kin you pass lush rainforest, quaint Queenslanders and farm gates with mountainous surroundings.
Indigenous Name:Cootharaba – Aboriginal name for the place where the wood used in making notched or studded clubs is found.
Midday – Kin Kin
Once you arrive in Kin Kin, visit Broadmeadows Farm with their graceful alpacas and learn how to hand-spin the fleece of these beautiful animals. Explore the farm or enjoy a morning in the peaceful surrounds. Open Saturday and Sunday from noon-5pm (on weekdays, please call the farm beforehand to book a farm tour – see the listing on our website).
Living Valley Springs is a world renowned health retreat set among 145 acres of lush green hills just north of Kin Kin. Nearby, Steve Weis is a creative blacksmith who has transformed his property into a work of art – if his banjo steel gates are open you are welcome to visit.
Kin Kin is about 30 minutes from Boreen Point via Kinmond Creek Road and Dr Pages Road. The Country Life Hotel is a typical Aussie country pub. Stop and enjoy some good old country hospitality or have a delicious burger at the Kin Kin General Store which has its own range of condiments and dips made from local ingredients. They also sell a wide range of local products such as Kin Kin Honey and Tea.
Still early in the day? Take a detour and head further north via Gympie Kin Kin Road and Tagigan Road to Cooloola Berries where you can pick your own strawberries and blueberries. Make sure to try their delicious handcrafted ice-cream!
Indigenous Name:Kin Kin – from the Aboriginal kauin kauin meaning red soil. It also refers to a species of small black ant prevalent in the area.
If you feel like exploring more of Noosa’s beautiful hinterland, continue your trip on Pomona-Kin Kin Road and Greenridge-Pinbarren Road to the little town of Cooran, nestled between Mount Pinbarren and Mount Cooran. Here you will find The Vintage Junction serving great organic coffee and filled with vintage furniture, unique second-hand treasures and rare collectables (open Wed 7am - 12pm, Thurs- Sun 7am - 2:30pm).
Easy Cheesy is an artisan business specialising in fun, half-day cheese-making workshops for groups from 2 to 6 people. Based at Cooran in the Noosa hinterland, the workshops are run in a specially built cheese kitchen located on a peaceful and private nature refuge where wildlife abounds. You must book a class in advance.
Finish off you perfect Noosa country day with breathtaking coastal and hinterland views at the Cooran Tableland Lookout, also called the James McKane Memorial Lookout.
Indigenous Name:Cooran - tall trees or Moreton Bay ash.
- Boreen Point
- Lake Cootharaba
- Bird watching
- Scenic hinterland backdrops
- Farm visit
- Country hospitality
- Spa and wellness retreat
- Art gallery
Many shops are closed on Mondays in the Noosa hinterland. If you want to visit, make sure to check opening hours before heading out.
For more information and exact locations of restaurants, shops and attractions on this drive check the business listings on our website.
Some roads on this drive are gravel roads, while some areas may not have internet access.
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