Suggested Drive - Northern Loop

Northern Loop (146 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

Kin Kin is about 30 minutes from Boreen Point via Kinmond Creek Road and Dr Pages Road. Once you arrive in Kin Kin, visit Living Valley Springs - 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.

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.

After lunch, visit Broadmeadows Farm with their graceful alpacas and learn how to hand-spin the fleece of these beautiful animals. Explore the farm or simply enjoy 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).

Still early in the day? Take a detour and head further north via Sister Tree Creek Road, Neusavale 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!

Northern Loop

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.

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 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).

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.

Northern Loop

Indigenous Name:

Cooran - tall trees or Moreton Bay ash.

Highlights


  • Lake Cootharaba
  • Bird watching
  • Scenic hinterland backdrops
  • Farm visit
  • Vintage Shops
  • Spa and wellness retreat
  • Art galleries and heritage pubs

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Living Valley Health Retreat

7. 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....
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Steve Weis Gallery

8. 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...
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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...
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Kin Kin General Store, Post Office & Cafe

10. 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,...
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Broadmeadows Farm

11. 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...
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Cooloola Berries

12. Cooloola Berries

856 Tagigan Rd Wolvi QLD 4570 (35 minutes north east Noosa & 20 minutes east of Gympie)
ph: 54867512

Delicious produce winner for 2016 & Business of the Year 2016 Gympie Chamber of...

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The Vintage Junction

13. The Vintage Junction

2, King Street, Cooran, Qld, 4569
ph: 0401418041

Organic coffee shop selling vintage, eclectic, collectables, upcycled furniture, decorative items etc. ...

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Cooran Tablelands Lookout / James McKane Memorial Lookout

14. Cooran Tablelands Lookout / James McKane Memorial Lookout

526 Tablelands Road Cooran, Queensland
ph: +61 7 5430 5000

Make sure to plan a stop at the James McKane Lookout Park, also known...

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McKinnon Drive and Louis Bazzo Drive scenic route

15. McKinnon Drive and Louis Bazzo Drive scenic route

McKinnon Drive / Louis Bazzo Drive

McKinnon Drive and Louis Bazzo Drive Scenic Route joins the hinterland town of Cooran...

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