The Noosa Hinterland, a region north of the Sunshine Coast combines the towns of Doonan, Eumundi, Kin Kin, Pomona, Cooran and Cooroy. The area is famous for its scenic landscapes of mountains and small-town charm.

To get to and around the Noosa Hinterland you’re going to need to hire a car, if you don’t have one already. The area is rural and while you can take buses to some attractions, you will be wasting a lot of time waiting around and less time exploring.

If you are driving to the Sunshine Coast from the Gold Coast or Brisbane, we recommend leaving as early as you can.

Now you know a little bit about Noosa Hinterland and how to get around, it’s time to highlight some of the interesting little country towns along the way. A drive through the ever-changing landscape isn’t complete without spending time at some of these towns. From delicious cafes to local markets and galleries to natural wonders, each one has something special to offer.


Doonan is bordered by Tewantin National Park and the beautiful, reflective waters of Lake Weyba – perfect for drifting along in a kayak and ideal for birdwatching and photography.

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Renowned for its lively art galleries, historic pubs, cafés, boutique shops and the world-famous Original Eumundi Markets.  It’s a joy spending time in this hinterland town!

Kin Kin

A small town renowned for its great food, art and scenery. Visit the Country Life Hotel, a typical Aussie country pub, or the Kin Kin General Store, which sells a wide range of local products including Kin Kin honey and tea. For those more adventurous, step out on the Noosa Trail Network, a series of tracks and trails over mixed terrain for walkers, and horse and mountain bike riders that starts in Kin Kin.


Pomona, located at the foot of Mt Cooroora where you can follow the footsteps of competitors in the gruelling King of the Mountain race for incredible panoramic views.

Pick up a map at the Pomona Visitor Information Centre and take the Pomona Heritage Walk – an easy wander past historic buildings and enjoy the unique shops or stop for a coffee break.

The historic Majestic Theatre at Pomona is also worth checking out as the oldest continuously running silent movie cinema in the world, that has been restored by the community.


This pretty town is nestled between Mount Cooran and Mount Pinbarren. Here you will discover The Vintage Junction where you hunt through unique second-hand treasures, vintage furniture and rare collectables.

Ready for some adventure? There are walking tracks and swimming holes. The Cooran Tablelands Lookout offers magnificent coastal views.

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This charming town is known as the heart of the Hinterland. You can spend hours here enjoying displays from local artists in the regularly changing exhibitions, workshops and pop-up studios or browsing the diverse range of shops, from fashion and homewares to gifts, books and antiques.

The historic Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, is part of the Cooroy Mill Place Precinct, a community and tourism hub featuring an interpretive walk-through restored boilers and kilns.

So, if you’ve been dreaming of hitting the road and getting your adventure on in 2023, load up the car, gather your family and friends and go on a Queensland road trip! Armed with a loose itinerary, a cracking playlist and the freedom to stop and start wherever you please, the only firm decision you need to make is which car you need to hire. 

What are you waiting for? Give the team at Everything Fleet a call today on 131 381 and let us book your hire car in!