Great Noosa Trail Walk Registration 30th September 2017: Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre TBC
Registration and car parking at historic Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, Maple Street, Cooroy any time between 7:30am to 9:30am. Check out the current art exhibition inside the BFAC while you register. Check in any camping gear that needs to be transferred by bus for that night. Make sure you pack or buy your lunch to enjoy on the walk. The shuttle bus will regularly transfer walkers to the start of walk at Amphitheatre, Noosa Botanical Gardens on the shore of Lake MacDonald.
Day 1: 30th September 2017 TBC: Lakes, Forests, High Hills of Noosa and an Iconic Country Village – 22.5 km
The Great Noosa Trail Walk starts at the spectacular Amphitheatre, Noosa Botanical Gardens on the shore of Lake MacDonald with a view over the lake to Mt Tinbeerwah. The walking route is on the Noosa Trail through rainforest and farmland through to Kin Kin. This route takes in Twin Hills and Wahpunga Range to Kin Kin. Absolutely stunning views of farmland and mountains, and at high points, views back to Noosa Heads and the lakes. A refreshment stall is provided on Simpson Road on the Wahpunga Range. This is also the designated “bail out” point, where walkers can be transported by road back to Kin Kin if they are tired.
The walk stop point is at Shepperson’s Park, where a shuttle bus will transport you to Kin Kin. As you arrive in Kin Kin, check in at the Kin Kin General Store, where local produce will be available for a take home taste of ‘Noosa Country’. Partake in a refreshing ale at the iconic Country Life Hotel. Camping is at Kin Kin Recreation Grounds.
Evening 1 Activities TBA.
Day 2: Kin Kin Valleys and Woondum National Park – 22 km
Early risers can visit the riparian rainforest planting project, sponsored by Noosa Landcare at Kin Kin Creek, adjacent to the camping ground starting at 7am. It’s a beautiful park and a lovely way to start the day whilst contributing to our local natural environment.
Breakfast is catered and served at the Community House in the Sports Oval. You will also receive your packed lunch for the day. There are no shops enroute to today’s destination, so stock up on additional items at the Kin Kin General Store.
Today’s Great Noosa Trail Walk route follows the valleys of Kin Kin Creek before climbing up the rainforest plateau of Woondum National Park. Take a rest at the James McKane Lookout, before descending into Cooran. This lookout is also the designated “bail out” point, where walkers can be transported by road back to Cooran if they are tired.
Cooran is a lovely historical village. If you are a bird watcher take the walk past the duck ponds through to the Yellow Belly Hole on the Six Mile Creek. There is a café and general store in Cooran for supplies. Camping is at Cooran Recreation Grounds.
Evening 1 Activities TBA. Walkers can dine at the cafe, recreation club or self cater at the Recreation Grounds.
Day 3: Mountain Peaks and Antique Shopping in Country Villages – 20 km
An early breakfast will be served at the Recreation Club. Wander through the pleasant forests of Mt Tuchekoi National Park, before arriving at the base of Mt Cooroora, a great but safe challenge for the reasonably fit. Others can keep walking for another 20 minutes and arrive in the lovely country town of Pomona and explore its Antique Shops, Gallery and Cafes, or partake in a refreshing ale at the historic Pomona Hotel. The Great Noosa Trail Walk finishes at the Old Railway Station Gallery on Station Street with a shuttle bus running back to Cooroy from late morning.