The Noosa Trail Network is located in the scenic Noosa hinterland and is made up of a series of eight shared-use trails that link up Noosa Country townships including Pomona, Kin Kin, Cooroy and Cooran. The trail passes though forests, mountains and rural landscapes and can be explored by foot, bike or horse.
Trail one: Kin Kin Countryside Loop Trail | 14 kilometre.
Allow approximately four hours to complete on foot.
Enjoy a rural walk through the countryside. Pass through mango farms, rolling hills and see herds of goats, cattle and dairy cows.
Trail two: The Scenic Trail | 26 kilometres one-way.
This trail requires two days to walk one-way with camping overnight at either Middle Lookout or Cootharaba Views Lookout. A high-level of fitness is necessary due to the length of the walk and the steep hill climbs to reach the trail’s four lookouts.
Trail three: The Kin Kin to Cooran Trail via Western Branch Road | 22 kilometres one way.
There are no overnight camping facilities along the trail, however, it is possible to walk from Kin Kin to Cooran or vice-versa in one day if you leave early in the morning and arrange a pick-up at the end. You should be reasonably fit to attempt to do this trail as it is a steep hill climb to James McKane Memorial Lookout. Those up for the challenge will pass through lush rainforest and eucalypt forest before a steep climb – 400m elevation – up to James McKane Memorial Lookout.
For a shorter hike, walk the 2km section from Kin Kin Arboretum to Johnstons Lookout for bucolic vistas
Trail four: Kin Kin to Lake MacDonald | 26 kilometres one-way.
Crossing a variety of ground from open grassy paddocks to woodland forest, on this trail you will enjoy scenic lookouts and pass through rural residential developments at Lake Macdonald.
If you don’t want to do the full hike, you can hike the 1km section from Kookaburra Park to Mary River Cod Park in one hour.
Trail five: Pomona to Cooran | 10 kilometres one-way.
The trail enjoys nice views of Mt Cooran and Mt Cooroora. Learn about the region’s heritage and view changing landscapes such as urban parkland, eucalypt forest and grazing land. A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk this 10-kilometre trail.
Trail six: Cudgerie Countryside Loop | 5 kilometre circuit.
Winding its way around the rural residential subdivision of Cudgerie Estate, this easy trail is a good option as an introduction to the Noosa Trail Network or if you’re short on time. Parking available at the Community Hut located on Blueberry Drive.
Trail seven: Mac’n’Back trail | 15 kilometres one-way.
Relatively flat this scenic trail crosses Six Mile Creek and can easily be completed as a day hike. Note that trail bikes are permitted in Yurol State Forest and this trail crosses Yurol Forest Drive, which has a speed limit of 100km/hr.
Trail eight: Cooroy Wanderer | 11 kilometres one-way.
Flat and easy this walking trail links Pomona with Cooroy. You’ll hike through Yurol State Forest with small sections running alongside the Bruce Highway.
For further information about the Noosa Trail Networks including closures please see the Noosa Council website.
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