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Sometimes there is more to little country towns than first meets the eye. About 3 km from the Bruce Highway, Cooran is one country town that offers more than holiday makers might think. Close to the Sunshine Coast towns of Pomona, Nambour, Cooroy and popular surfing beaches at Noosa, Cooran is a pretty hamlet in a lush valley. However, for those touring the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane, which is less than two and a half hours drive away, there is much more to discover about Cooran than just its beauty. The town has a well-stocked general store and an interesting restaurant for anyone keen on a delicious and inexpensive meal. Overlooking Cooran are the Cooran Tablelands and Mothar Mountain State Forest areas that have walking tracks and swimming holes. Take care, as access to these often requires a four-wheel drive. From the Cooran Tablelands Lookout, the scenic view along the Sunshine Coast is magnificent. In addition, for lovers of the bush, Noosa Council has established the Noosa Trail Network that includes trails around Cooran. For example, Trail two or The Scenic Trail is 26 km one-way and starts at Tablelands Road, Cooran and moves along to the Cootharaba Views Lookout. This trail takes approximately 5 hours to complete on horseback and 2 days to walk one way. There are four lookouts along the trail providing fantastic views of the hinterland and coastal areas. Be warned, the steep hill climbs along the trail require courage and a high level of fitness. Locals say it is worth camping overnight at either Middle Lookout or Cootharaba Views Lookout and leave a car at each end of the trail. If curiosities get the blood flowing, then look at Cooran Lagoon, not far from the train bridge on James Street. When it was full, the Aboriginals used the lagoon as a source of Water-lily bulbs and Muscles for food and called it Guran. In 1870, the lagoon was also the site of the Half Way Hotel on the original Tewantin-Gympie Coach route. Sadly, only a faded plaque marks the site now.

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Cooran: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Mothar Mountain Rockpools


Looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools. Located in the Woondum National Park, about a 20 minutes, 16 kilometres drive from Gympie's Central Business District, the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools day area provides the perfect family friendly location for a barbecue or picnic. Tables, wood fire barbecue, water and public amenities are all provided for your use on site. On a hot day immerse yourself into the pools to cool off.

Set amongst a mixture of tall Eucalypts and rainforest you can take the opportunity to relax and unwind to the sound of water gently flowing over ancient granite outcrops. Or if you are feeling more energetic, enjoy one of the nature walks. There is a short 500 metre (20 minute) forest walk or a rather more serious 3.5 kilometre (2 hour) walk to explore.




Noosa Road
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 10.6K from Cooran

Woondum National Park


Woondum National Park is a popular retreat in which tall, wet eucalypt forest and subtropical rainforest surround rocky creeks. Parts of the national park are regenerating after being logged as recently as the late 1990s. Some areas formerly used as banana farms are being reforested with eucalypt plantations. Picnic beside cool rock pools, among granite boulders and shady green forests, where Boulder and Woondum creeks meet. Stroll along a short walk featuring large turpentine trees and involving a rock hop across Boulder Creek. Explore diverse forest types on the four wheel drive forest road. Learn more about the areas timber industry at the Woodworks Museum on the Bruce Highway at Gympie.




Woondum National Park
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 12.6K from Cooran

Lake Alford Recreational Park


Lake Alford Recreational Park is located at the southern entry into Gympie. At the entrance to the park is the "Goldminer's Monument" which commemorates the gold miners who saved Queensland. Gold was discovered in Gympie in 1867 at a time when Queensland was in severe economic depression.

The park has wonderful facilities including all abilities playground, barbecue facilities, public amenities, Visitor Information Centre, off the leash dog park, and plenty of off street parking for caravans and RVs.

An abundance of bird life at the park is evident with feeding of the ducks a favourite activity for the kids. On the first, third and fifth Sunday of each month the Gympie Museum Markets are held. Located on the north eastern edge of the park is the Gympie Gold Mining Museum which also has a cafe attached.





Bruce Highway
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 18.2K from Cooran

Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum


Gympie's Gold Mining and Historical Museum showcases not only Gympie's rich gold mining history but also other aspects of the region's past era including steam machinery, agricultural, dairying, vehicles, gemstone and shell collections.

Andrew Fisher House (named after Australia's second Labour Prime Minister 1908-1915) is part of the Museums collection of historical buildings housed with period furniture. Also the award winning Military Collection of the Fifth Light Horse Regiment which includes military equipment and memorabilia of all sons and daughters of the Gympie area that went to war.

Try your luck at the Museum's Gold Panning and take home a specimen of Gympie Gold - a great time for the whole family. Tour groups welcome.




215 Brisbane Road
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 18.4K from Cooran

Cooran: Events

Noosa Billy Cart Grand Prix


Noosa Billy Cart Grand Prix is an fun, annual event that caters to families of all shapes and sizes.

Billy Cart races are held for all age groups - from Pre-Prep right through to Opens. The determination of each team that runs is matched only by the laughter, fun and cheering as the Billy Carts cross the finish line. Many teams deck themselves out in colourful outfits and funky hair in an effort to gain the much coveted prize for Best Dressed.

It's not all about the races though...other attractions include amusement rides, live music, market stalls, food court, face painting, balloon twisting, Monster Garage Sale, Lego Architect, world renowned "Sandman" Dennis Massoud plus so much more!

Entry into the Event is free so come along and have some fun.


Event Dates
2017
      16th Jul


20 Cooroy Belli Creek Road
Cooroy, QLD, 4563

Located 13.8K from Cooran

Gympie Music Muster


The Gympie Music Muster is Australia's favourite outdoor country music and camping festival.

Held in the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, this iconic Aussie music festival brings music and mateship together under one big open roof, offering an experience like no other. The 35th Gympie Music Muster will be held over 4 days from 25th to Sunday 28th August 2016 in one of Queensland's most beautiful National State Parks, with over 50 hectares of well maintained, planned camping facilities, plenty of hot showers and toilets, and a central entertainment precinct.

Located just 40-kilometres south-west of Gympie, it's an easy drive 2-hours north of Brisbane, and only 45minutes from stunning Noosa and heritage listed Fraser Island.

Make 2016 the year you must do the Muster! and remember "There are no strangers at the Muster, just friends you haven't met yet"

Please see website for ticket prices, as they vary each day.


Event Dates
2017
      24th Aug
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Amamoor Creek Road
Amamoor, QLD, 4570

Located 15.0K from Cooran

Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival


Spot the scarecrow in Mary Valley Country, South East Queensland, every year in October! The annual festival encourages people to plan a day out in Mary Valley Country, and see if they can find the variety of serious and not so serious straw creations along the way. A Google map can be downloaded to let you know where all the entries are. The community art organisation Mary Valley Artslink auspices the scarecrow festival.


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Imbil, QLD, 4570

Located 17.7K from Cooran

Mary Valley Art Festival


The Mary Valley Art Festival is held on the first weekend each July in Imbil, Mary Valley Country, and showcases entries from talented artists throughout South-East Queensland in a competition offering more than AUD6,000 in prize money.

Each year the artwork on display is testament to the creative abilities of individuals residing in their communities, while visitors attending the festival share the privilege being able to view or buy the results of many hours of intense effort and passion.


Event Dates
2017
      29th Jun
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Edward Street
Imbil, QLD, 4570

Located 18.9K from Cooran

Cooran: Travel Tips

Destination Gympie Region Visitor Information Centre - Puma Roadhouse, Kybong


Destination Gympie Region Visitor Information Centre (Kybong Roadhouse) is located at Kybong on the Bruce Highway 11 kilometres south of Gympie.

This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Destination Gympie Region Kybong Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do, where to stay, and where to eat. Discuss with the friendly staff your travel plans and collect maps or brochures.




Bruce Highway,
Kybong Roadhouse
Kybong, QLD, 4570

Located 9.1K from Cooran

Destination Gympie Region Visitor Information Centre - Lake Alford, Gympie


Destination Gympie Region Visitor Information Centre (Lake Alford) is located at the southern entry to Gympie on the Bruce Highway.

This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and offers free wi-fi internet access. An extensive range of Gympie regional produce is also available for sale, along with souvenirs and light refreshments. Fossicking Licences for the state of Queensland can be purchased at the Centre. They also provide a book exchange facility for visitors.

Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Lake Alford Visitor Information Centre provides advice on the things to see and do in the Gympie Region including Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, Cooloola National Parks, Fraser Island, Kilkivan, Goomeri and the Mary Valley.

Lake Alford provides a wonderful rest stop for drivers with ample parking, all abilities play ground, barbecue and picnic facilities, toilets and an off the dog leash park.




24 Bruce Highway, Lake Alford
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 18.0K from Cooran

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