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, pubs, 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.
The iconic Imperial Hotel and Eumundi Brewery is another Eumundi must-do. The hotel boasts an impressive menu guaranteed to appeal to all the foodies in your tribe, and some truly great local brews in Eumundi Brewery Lager and Eumundi Brewery Pale Ale. Make sure you also investigate the option of a Eumundi Brewery Tasting Tour along with the hotel’s program of great live music.
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.
Indigenous Name:Eumundi (Ngumundi or Huomundy) - name of Aboriginal chieftain said to have adopted escaped convict Bracefield as his son in 1831.
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!
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.
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.
Indigenous Name:Tinbeerwah - place of grass trees or high hill climbing up.
- 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
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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