With a population of just 1457 (source: 2011 Census), Cooran is one of the smallest hinterland towns in the local government area of Noosa Shire. About 3km off the Bruce Highway, Cooran is close to many Sunshine Coast towns including Pomona, Nambour and Cooroy.
The name comes from guaran, meaning tall trees or Moreton Bay bush.
Cooran established a receiving office in 1888, a year before the Cooran Post Office official opened on June 17, 1889.During the 1920s and 1930s, banana farming was one of the most important industries to the area, and for a period after World War II, pineapple farms were also popular in the district.
Cooran has a number of heritage-listed sites, including 28 King Street: Alfredon’s Joinery, Pre-Cut Workshop and Sawmill.
Cooran’s town centre has a restaurant, general store, hairdresser, a children’s play park and is home to the Cooran Hall where the Acoustic Night is held regularly.
Cooran Hall welcomes a variety of groups and concerts to offer everything from life drawing classes to art exhibitions and jazz concerts. The village has a railway station on the Nambour and Gympie North line of Queensland Rail’s city network.
While Cooran is a small town, it does have its own primary school, which has a modern approach to education using interactive whiteboards and computers in every classroom.
Nearby Pomona is home to the closest Junior Secondary at Noosa District State High School, with its Cooroy campus providing education through to Year 12.Noosa Christian College is the closest private school to Pomona.Alternatively, school buses offer transport north to Gympie for schooling with a range of public and private education options.
Overlooking Cooran are the Cooran Tablelands and Mothar Mountain State Forest areas that have walking tracks and swimming holes. Many of the areas require four-wheel-drive access. Visit the Cooran Tablelands Lookout, which is about a 15-minute drive from the town centre, and admire the sublime view across the Noosa district as far north as Cooloola and south the Noosa River mouth.