Suggested Drive - Southern Loop

Southern loop (80km day trip) Doonan – Eumundi – Cooroy - Tinbeerwah

Morning: Doonan - Eumundi

Leave Noosa in the early morning and make your way to Doonan via Walter Hay Drive. Take a left turn onto Eumarella Road and soak in the morning sun on the shores of magnificent Lake Weyba. You can expect a never ending range of bird life and might spot a kayaker gliding through the lakes tranquil water. On a windy day, you can watch the kite surfers performing their aerial tricks.

Continue your drive and head back onto Eumarella Road and continue straight onto Emu Mountain Road. Turn left on Eumundi Noosa Road and have a delicious, home-made breakfast in a local café in Doonan. Sunspace Cafe offers organic, wholesome food from their own garden and Cafe Doonan has a wide range of juices, smoothies and cakes with gluten-free and vegan options. For an authentic luxury spa experience, Ikatan Balinese Day Spa on a private oasis in Doonan has been voted four times Best Destination Spa in Australia and they have a large range of treatments to suit individual needs.

Continue your drive to Eumundi, a charming town known for its amazing art galleries, cafes, boutique shops and the world-famous Original Eumundi Markets (Wednesday and Saturday 7.30-1:30pm). Eumundi Square Markets are also open Friday`s (7.30am-2.00pm)

No matter what day you visit Eumundi, spend time strolling along historic Memorial Drive under the shade of the magnificent memorial fig trees, visit art galleries or pick up a historical walk booklet at the Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre and learn more about the many historic buildings constructed between 1890 and 1930. While away some time in a bookshop, or the kids will love exploring the magnificent trees and swings of Dick Caplick Park.

Eumundi is also home to the Sunshine Coast's only Bush Tucker cafe. Head to Deadly Espresso Cafe and try one of their meals featuring native Australian ingredients - the cafe is run by a charity that supports indigenous communities and celebrates the culture of the local Gubbi Gubbi tribe.

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Indigenous Name:

Eumundi (Ngumundi or Huomundy) - name of Aboriginal chieftain said to have adopted escaped convict Bracefield as his son in 1831.

Midday: Cooroy

After an exciting morning in the creative hinterland hub of Eumundi make your way to the township of Cooroy only a 10-minute drive away and referred to as the heart of the hinterland. Travel to Cooroy via Eumundi Range Road and Nandroya Road, past original Queenslanders and through stunning hinterland scenery.

Enjoy a delicious lunch before discovering the town – choose from good old country hospitality, Asian delights, a delicious French patisserie and more. Cooroy is also home to Buttercup Cupcakes where you can buy a delicious cupcake for dessert or you can even book a cake decorating class!

Visit the Mill Place Precinct in the heart of Cooroy, a creative and interactive indoor and outdoor hub that honours the town's heritage as a thriving timber town. The historic Butter Factory Arts Centre displays works of local artists and has changing exhibitions, workshops and pop-up studios throughout the year. To the left of the Butter Factory is the Cooroy Library, a technology rich hub with lounges, reading areas and a cafe – a great place to relax and browse.

Wander through the park behind the library to the Lower Mill Site which houses a restored boilerhouse and kilns, Log Maze, Cooroora Woodworkers and the Sunshine Coast Camphor Laurel Initiative – you can even hear from Peppers Ghost about the town's history … truly a step back in time!

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Indigenous Name:

Mt Cooroy’s original name was Coorooey, from the Aboriginal word kurui, meaning possum. The town is named after the nearby mountain.

Afternoon: Lake Macdonald

Pick up some supplies for a picnic before you leave Cooroy, then for a relaxed afternoon surrounded by nature continue your trip to idyllic Lake Macdonald which is only an 8-minute drive via Lake Macdonald Drive. Unwind and stroll through the Noosa Botanic Gardens, have a picnic at the lake or watch out for native birds on the Fearnley Bird Hide – you might see a majestic osprey or a colourful rainbow bee-eater. Sit in the stunning lakefront Greek-style amphitheatre and enjoy the beautiful lake views.

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Evening: Bubbles and nibbles on Mt Tinbeerwah

To finish off your perfect Noosa country day, head back towards Noosa and follow Cooroy-Noosa Road for about 13 minutes before turning left on to Tinbeerwah Road. Wind your way up to Mt Tinbeerwah, leave your car at the car park and follow a sealed 130m track leading to a viewing area where you will be rewarded with sensational 360 degrees views and a picturesque sunset (hopefully you remembered to pack the bubbles and nibbles!)

Be sure to check the sunset time before you head out in the morning and take your camera for great memories to take home.

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Indigenous Name:

Tinbeerwah - place of grass trees or high hill climbing up.

Highlights

  • Lake Weyba
  • Great shopping
  • Art galleries
  • Indigenous cafe
  • Historic sites
  • Scenic hinterland backdrops
  • Lake Macdonald and amphitheatre
  • Noosa Botanic Gardens
  • Bird watching
  • Sunset at Mt Tinbeerwah

Tips

Visit the Original Eumundi Markets featuring over 500 market stalls every Wednesday and Saturday morning.

Don't forget your bubbles and snacks for sunset at Mt Tinbeerwah.

For more information, opening hours and exact locations of restaurants, shops and attractions on this drive check the business listings on our website.

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Lake Weyba

1. Lake Weyba

Lake Weyba Drive
ph: 07 5430 5000

Lake Weyba is situated 4km south of Noosa and is...

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Cafe Doonan

2. Cafe Doonan

Cafe Doonan, 777 Eumundi-Noosa Road, Doonan QLD 4562
ph: 07 5471 0781
Beautiful relaxed garden cafe serving up delicious home style food. Offering all day breakfast...
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Sunspace Cafe

3. Sunspace Cafe

6 Beddington Road, Doonan QLD 4562
Sunspace Cafe and Eco Shop is located in the hinterland town of Doonan with...
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Ikatan Spa

4. Ikatan Spa

45 Grays Road Doonan QLD 4562
ph: 07 54711199
Minutes away and a world apart, Ikatan Spa is surrounded by Balinese tropical gardens...
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Eumundi Markets

5. Eumundi Markets

80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi QLD 4562
ph: 07 5442 7106
Australia's premier artisan market Visit the Original Eumundi Markets if you're looking for something different,...
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Eumundi Square Markets

6. Eumundi Square Markets

1-7 Napier Rd, Eumundi QLD 4562
ph: 07 5442 8434
Eumundi Square business incubator precinct has added a new dimension to shopping for visitors...
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Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre

7. Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre

73 Memorial Drive, Eumundi QLD 4562
ph: 07 5442 8762
Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, one of the most visited heritage centres on...
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Berkelouw Books

8. Berkelouw Books

87 Memorial Drive EUMUNDI 4562 QLD AU
ph: 07 5442 8366

The oldest bookseller in Australia is also in Eumundi. Our stock consists of a...

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Dick Caplick Park

9. Dick Caplick Park

Memorial Drive, Eumundi
ph: 07 5442 8762

Picnic area & playground.

Enjoy a day in Eumundi’s favourite park!...

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Deadly Espresso Cafe - a bush tucker experience by SevGen

10. Deadly Espresso Cafe - a bush tucker experience by SevGen

79 Memorial Drive Eumundi, Queensland
ph: 0431 454 333

Come and visit Deadly Espresso Cafe located in the heart of Eumundi for a...

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Red Desert Gallery

11. Red Desert Gallery

2/102 Memorial Drive Eumundi
ph: 07 54427172
Red Desert Gallery at the top end of Memorial Drive is an institution in...
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Artisans Gallery Eumundi

12. Artisans Gallery Eumundi

43 Caplick Way, Eumundi Qld 4562
ph: 0409 848 098

One of Eumundi’s prominent...

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A Little Shop of Soul

13. A Little Shop of Soul

Shop 4, 14 Maple Lane, Cooroy
ph: 07 5447 7090

A Little Shop of Soul is a cute little bookshop, selling new and second-hand...

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Maison de Provence - Noosa Hinterland

14. Maison de Provence - Noosa Hinterland

9/13 Garnet Street, Cooroy QLD 4563
ph: 07 5472 0077

Experience great tasting real French food made fresh daily try our croissants, brioches, pain...

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Buttercup Cupcakes

15. Buttercup Cupcakes

Shop 8/12 Maple Street, Cooroy 4563 QLD
ph: 0452 506 606

Buttercups Cupcakes offer a selection of delicious cakes and cupcakes along with cake decorating...

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Mill Place Precinct (Lower Mill Site)

16. Mill Place Precinct (Lower Mill Site)

Cnr Mary River Road and Marara St, Cooroy, QLD, 4563
ph: 07 5430 5000
The Mill Place Precinct is a creative learning precinct at the geographic and social heart...
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Butter Factory Arts Centre

17. Butter Factory Arts Centre

10 Maple Street, Cooroy QLD 4563
ph: 07 5329 6580

The Cooroy Butter Factory is part of Cooroy's rich heritage built in 1930, taking...

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Cooroy Library & Noosa Mobile Library

18. Cooroy Library & Noosa Mobile Library

9 Maple Street, Cooroy QLD 4563
ph: 07 5329 6555
Noosa Library Service offers a diverse range of library services and programs to suit...
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Cooroora Woodworkers

19. Cooroora Woodworkers

8 Lowermill Rd, Cooroy QLD 4563
ph: 07 5442 6995

We are a group of woodworking devotees ranging from beginners to master craftsmen and...

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Lake Macdonald

20. Lake Macdonald

Lake Macdonald Drive, Lake Macdonald QLD 4563
In an idyllic rural setting, but just a few minutes from the cafes of...
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Noosa Botanic Gardens

21. Noosa Botanic Gardens

Lake Macdonald QLD 4563
ph: 07 5430 5000
With beautiful water views over Lake Macdonald, the gardens are a great location for...
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Fearnley Bird Hide

22. Fearnley Bird Hide

Jabiru Park and Fearnley Bird Hide, Lake Macdonald, QLD

Jabiru Park is about a 15 minute drive west of Noosa or 5 minutes...

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Mt Tinbeerwah

23. Mt Tinbeerwah

Mt Tinbeerwah, Tinbeerwah QLD 4563

Mt Tinbeerwah is located just 15 minutes from Noosa Heads in Tewantin National Park...

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