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.

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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.

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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.

Late afternoon/evening: Cooran

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 Alfredson’s Joinery, originally built in the 1930s as a pre-cut fabrication workshop and sawmill, but now filled with unique second-hand treasures and rare collectables in the heritage listed building. At Clooney’s Restaurant you can experience real Australian country chic and spoil your taste buds with meals such as a Barra Burger and desserts such as Date and Honey cake that locals love.

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.

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Indigenous Name:

Cooran - tall trees or Moreton Bay ash.

Highlights

  • Boreen Point
  • Lake Cootharaba
  • Bird watching
  • Scenic hinterland backdrops
  • Farm visit
  • Country hospitality
  • Spa and wellness retreat
  • Art gallery

Tips

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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Lake Cootharaba

1. Lake Cootharaba

Lake Cootharaba, QLD
Go sailing, kite surfing or paddling, hire a canoe or kayak and explore the...
Boreen Point Campground

2. Boreen Point Campground

1 The Esplanade Boreen Point QLD 4565
ph: 07 5485 3244
Boreen Point Campground is a sensational campground to relax and rejuvenate. Hit the water...
Apollonian Hotel

3. Apollonian Hotel

19 Laguna Street, Boreen Point QLD 4565
ph: 07 5485 3100
Noosa's historic Apollonian Hotel offers a unique pub-style menu, which harks back to our pioneering...
Elanda Point Education and Adventure Park

4. Elanda Point Education and Adventure Park

204 Lake Flat Road, Boreen Point QLD 4565
ph: 07 5485 3165
The Elanda Point Education Centre and Adventure Park is the southern gateway to the...
Mill Point

5. Mill Point

Elanda Point , Lake Cootharaba QLD 4564
Mill Point is a short distance from Elanda Point on the shores of Lake...
Dr Pages Road scenic route

6. Dr Pages Road scenic route

Dr Pages Road,Cootharaba QLD 4565
Dr Pages Drive scenic route that joins the hinterland town of Kin Kin with...
Kin Kin General Store, Post Office & Cafe

7. Kin Kin General Store, Post Office & Cafe

56 Main Street, Kin Kin QLD 4571
ph: 07 5485 4177
The Kin Kin Country General Store is so much more, home to a cafe,...
Broadmeadows Farm

8. Broadmeadows Farm

Broadmeadows, 491 Wahpunga Lane, Kin Kin QLD 4571
ph: 07 5485 4143 or 0404 470 490
An alpaca stud, the home of quality huacaya alpacas, bred for quality fleece and...
Country Life Hotel

9. Country Life Hotel

69 Main Street, Kin Kin QLD 4571
ph: 07 5485 4103
If your visit to the Country Life Hotel is about relaxation, a good yarn and...
Steve Weis Gallery

10. Steve Weis Gallery

9 Gympie Kin Kin Road, Kin Kin QLD 4571
ph: 07 5485 4348
Steve Weis is a creative blacksmith artist who has created a wonderful gallery and...
Living Valley Health Retreat

11. Living Valley Health Retreat

15 Sheppersons Lane, Kin Kin QLD 4571
ph: 1800 644 733
Living Valley is a world renowned health retreat with a consistent record of success....
Clooneys Licensed Restaurant

12. Clooneys Licensed Restaurant

16 King Street, Cooran QLD 4569
ph: 07 5485 0221
A well-loved gem in Cooran, Clooney's Restaurant has become a favourite destination for those...
Easy Cheesy Cheesemaking workshops

13. Easy Cheesy Cheesemaking workshops

63 Schreibers Road, Cooran QLD 4569
ph: 0429 401 425
Easy Cheesy is an artisan business specialising in half-day fun cheese making workshops for groups...
McKinnon Drive and Louis Bazzo Drive scenic route

14. McKinnon Drive and Louis Bazzo Drive scenic route

McKinnon Drive and Louis Bazzo Drive Scenic Route

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