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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.

Alex Seaside Resort - Alexandra Headland

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Alexandra on the Pacific - Alexandra Headland

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Anchor Motel Noosa - Noosaville

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Andari Apartments - Sunshine Beach

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Aquarius Resort - Alexandra Headland

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Bali Hai Apartments Noosa - Noosa Heads

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Beach Club Resort - Mooloolaba

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Beach Road Holiday Homes - Noosa North Shore

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Beachfront Towers - Maroochydore

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Beachside Mooloolaba - Mooloolaba

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Bella Casa Noosa - Noosa Heads

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Cooran

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

Cooran: Events

Expressive Drawing with Kerry Wilson


Join Kerry at the beautiful Amamoor Lodge for an indulgent art experience.

These expressive drawing workshops will take the natural world as subject for mixed media drawings. Stimulating gestural mark-making exercises are combined with a more sustained approach to layering in drawing. Explore a variety of media such as charcoal, pastel, gesso, shellac and ink, on a variety of papers to create an engaging series of drawings. Working both outdoors and in the studio you will discover ways of seeing, creating, expressing and just how liberating drawing can be.


Event Dates
2016
      7th Sep
      7th Sep
      8th Sep
      8th Sep


368 Amamoor-Kandanga Road,
amamoor
Amamoor, QLD, 4570

Located 12.8K from Cooran

Photography workshop with Colin Beard


Colin's workshops are aimed at people with a serious interest in photography - people who enjoy capturing their world in camera and who are looking to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge. The workshop is essentially concerned with introducing students to the creative techniques of photography.

For many years Colin has been one of Australia's most prominent Fashion and Advertising Photographers, working on many major national and international accounts. He freelanced extensively for numerous leading fashion magazines 'Vogue', 'Dolly', 'Cleo', etc. producing numerous covers and fashion spreads.

A digital SLR camera and a tripod is required. Colin will help students to become masters of their cameras and to employ them in the most imaginative and innovative ways.

Two workshops are offered the first addressing night and low light situations while the second focuses on making the most of morning and daylight.

Enjoy country hospitality at the beautiful Amamoor Lodge.


Event Dates
2016
      2nd Sep
      3rd Sep
      4th Sep


368 Amamoor-Kandanga Road
Amamoor, QLD, 4570

Located 12.8K from Cooran

Midweek Art Workshop with Jo Williams


Join artist Jo Williams for an indulgent midweek getaway at the beautiful Amamoor Lodge in the Mary Valley.

Jo William's experimental and conceptual drawing classes are devised to change your perceptions and bring you out of your comfort zone in a respectful, safe and protected environment. You will learn about space, shape, composition, tone, line and colour and most of all you will have fun.

Be pampered at the Amamoor Lodge with fine country cooking, modern comfort and inspiration in every direction.



Event Dates
2016
      12th Aug
      13th Aug
      14th Aug


368 Kandanga Amamoor Road
Amamoor, QLD, 4570

Located 12.8K from Cooran

Amamoor Lodge - Photography Weekend Workshop


Weekend Photography Workshop

David Pedler's workshop is a fun weekend for people who want a better understanding of their DSLR camera. Enjoy a weekend of country hospitality and learn some great skills to help you get the most from your camera and most importantly take better photos. Amamoor Lodge provides opportunities at every turn to photograph the fabulous native flora and fauna and the beautiful Mary Valley landscape.

Suitable as a refresher for those who have attended a prior course or have some knowledge; also suitable for beginners. Assignments can be tailored to participants' requirements.

This course is not suitable for compact cameras without full manual capability.

Non participating partners welcome


Event Dates
2016
      7th Oct
      8th Oct
      9th Oct


368 Kandanga Amamoor Road
Amamoor, QLD, 4570

Located 12.8K from Cooran

Noosa Festival of Water


The Noosa Festival of Water takes place on the last Sunday in June each year at the Noosa Botanic Gardens on Lake Macdonald in Cooroy, it's a free family event to improve community awareness of some of the special features of the Noosa region which make it such a great place to live.

Everyone is invited to come along to listen to music in the Grecian style Amphitheatre overlooking the Lake, wander the gardens taking in community displays, enjoy the food and join in activities for all interests and age groups while learning more about this beautiful region.

The Amphitheatre will showcase some incredible local talent including Lyndon Davis and the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers and music from up and coming young multi instrumentalists Phenix and some jazz inspired soul from Sommer Rd. Festival favourite, Martin Fingland and his native animals will round off the program.

A free boat trip will take people across the Lake to the Gerry Cook Hatchery where the breeding program for the endangered Mary River Cod will be on display. A tour of the Noosa Water Treatment Plant will also originate from Mary River Cod Park.




Lake Macdonald Drive
Cooroy, QLD, 4563

Located 13.4K from Cooran

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
2016
      16th Oct


20 Cooroy Belli Creek Road
Cooroy, QLD, 4563

Located 13.8K from Cooran

Mary River Festival


The Mary River Festival, held each year in Kandanga in early November has acquired a reputation of being one of the friendliest, most laid back festivals you'd find, with a great mix of top music, art, kid's activities and much much more.

This festival runs on a not for profit basis with an incredibly lean budget, through the generous involvement of local community groups, as well as a number of individuals, and enjoys wonderful support from musicians and participants.

As well as the sense of community though, what really powers this festival is the exuberance unleashed in 2009, after Peter Garrett gave the federal thumbs-down on the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal. It was that enormous relief and the grabbing in both hands of the ongoing environmental stewardship of the Mary River that runs through every part of this festival.




Event Dates
2016
      12th Nov


Kandanga Amamoor Road,
Kandanga Recreational Ground
Kandanga, QLD, 4570

Located 14.0K 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

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