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Apart from the many activities at the cottage grounds indicated on the Home Page, the cottages are centrally situated for the Sunshine Coast’s popular tourist attractions in all directions. The following is a brief summary of merely ten suggested day trips, listed in order of proximity to and approximate driving time from the cottages. You are encouraged to view the countless other offerings presented by the area’s two tourism organizations’ websites, Sunshine Coast Tourism at www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au or Tourism Noosa at www.visitnoosa.com.au.
1). Cooroy offers many shops and restaurants (cuisines varying from pub\hotel\cafe, RSL, Thai, Chinese, Indian, French, Italian, franchises), in addition to its Butter Factory Arts Centre and Mill Place complex which includes the Library, Cooroora woodworkers shop and pottery shed. The farmers and crafts market occurs each Thursday morning at the town centre’s Memorial Hall. The public is welcome at either the Cooroy 18 hole Golf Course or Cooroy Bowls Club. The Noosa Botanical Gardens (free entry, and leashed dogs are allowed), Amphitheatre and Fish Hatchery (tours by appointment only) are located along near Lake MacDonald where non-fuel boating, permit fishing and picnics can be enjoyed. - approximate 10 minute drive.
2). Pomona offers more shops and restaurants and is situated at the base of Mt. Cooroora. You are welcome to trek the increasingly steep marked trail leading to the mountain top, which international runners compete to be the fastest during each July’s King of the Mountain Race events. The Majestic Theatre , The Railway Art Centre and Noosa Shire Historical Museum should be included in your explorations.- approximate 10 minute drive.
3). Mt. Tinbeerwah’s lookout, situated between Cooroy and Tewantin, with its marked exit off the Cooroy Noosa Road (Highway 6) is a recommended start to your area adventures. It offers a bird eye view to and understanding of the area’s locations and offerings. The Mt. Tinbeerwah road takes you to a large parking lot (with toilets) with an easy 200 metre ascending walk (the track is even partly accessible to wheelchairs!) to the 360 degree viewing platform which identifies near and distant landmarks-approximate 15 minute drive.
4). Eumundi provides even more shop and restaurant options. Eumundi is best known for its Eumundi Markets, held each Saturday (7 am to 2 pm) and Wednesday (8 am to 1 pm), where food, crafts, artist and offerings are both too unique and numerous to describe- approximate 15 minute drive.
5). Noosa’s offerings are also so diverse (Tewantin and Noosaville’s River tours; Noosa Heads Main Beach or its Hastings Street shops; Noosa National Park tracks, koala spotting and several beaches) that you best visit the Tourism Noosa website at its www.visitnoosa.com.au for updated events, activities and choices. Dogs are allowed either along the Noosa Spit’s River side beach walk or the more vast and impressive Castaways Beach ocean shoreline (with large parking area and toilets) south of Sunshine Beach on the David Low Way Highway 6- approximate 20 minute drive.
6). Yandina’s town offerings include The Ginger Factory, home of the international Buderim Ginger company and its retail showroom, with added Super Bee honey, chocolatier and Australian product shop attractions, has free entry and open each day (except Christmas) from 9am-5pm . The Yandina Markets (each Saturday, from 6 am-noon) is a locals favourite traditional farmers market offering fresh foods, plants, second-hand items typically at lower costs- approximate 20 minute drive.
7). Montville, atop the Sunshine Coast’s inland Blackall Range, is a long popular tourist location with unique shop and artist studio offerings and memorable elevated views toward the sea and of the entire Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. Your travels north of town, should include a lengthy stop at the Kondalilla National Park for a picnic, or rainforest and waterfall trailwalks, or a swim in the often photographed lower waterfall pond. Your travels south of town should include a visit to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for the best photos of the Glasshouse Mountains. A gold coin donation allows entry to the nature information centre (open 7am-6 pm) with several trails (which are stroller and wheelchair friendly!) through the ancient rainforest and vines with chances to view native pademelons (Australian marsupials which are smaller than wallabies)- approximate 30 minute drive.
8). Australia Zoo, the Sunshine Coast’s and among Australia’s top tourist destination, showcases native wildlife viewings (crocodiles, kangaroos, koalas,etc.) and the past and present accomplishments of the Steve Irwin family. Their www.australiazoo.com.au website best be consulted regarding free bus travel, events, features, times and costs- approximate 30 minute drive.
9). Maroochydore is the Sunshine Coast’s city hub with The Sunshine Coast Plaza the region’s largest indoor shopping mall, especially popular during rainy days. The northern parkland ocean beaches continue south along the coastal road to the more open Alexandra Headland parkland and beaches , before arriving at Mooloolaba, home of Underwater World. The extensive aquarium(s), displays and shows, especially the impressive sea tunnel moving walkway, is among the Sunshine Coast’s top tourist attractions with best prices and information directly obtained via their www.underwaterworld.com.au website.- approximate 25-30 minute drive.
10). A day trip north of Cooroy to the historical classic country town of Gympie reveals the regions rural life among varying hill and valley terrains. In addition to visiting the historic town centre, a stop at the Gold Mining and Historical Museum is suggested. You might also consider a further northeast trip to Tin Can Bay (for an early morning feeding of dolphins) or an even further northern trip to Hervey Bay (for either whale watching tours, ferry excursions to nearby Fraser Island [the world’s largest sand island] or airport flights to remote Lady Elliot Island [regarded as the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef]).-approximate 30 minute drive to Gympie.