At the northern end of the Sunshine Coast and 22km west of Noosa Heads is the hinterland township of Cooroy.
Established in 1885, and with a population of 3,459 (2011 Census), Cooroy is part of the local government area of the Shire of Noosa. The town’s name came second to Cooroy Mountain, originally called Coorooey, which was derived from the Aboriginal word for possum kurui.
Timber cutters explored Cooroy and the surrounding area as early as 1863, leading to the railway station and post office being opened in 1891. Cooroy’s main industry developed from timber, having two operating sawmills, with settlers later expanding into dairy farms and fruit growing.
In 1915 the butter factory opened, which still stands today operating as an arts centre. ‘The Heritage Listed’ site Cooroy Lower Mill is well utilised today by the community and tourists. It has an interpretive walk through the restored boilers and kilns, a hinterland library and open space parkland.
FACILITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Cooroy has a hotel, golf club, bowls club, an RSL and sub branch with an eclectic mix of boutique retail, dining and accommodation.
Christmas in Cooroy is the town’s biggest annual bash, usually held in the first week of December. Events at the festival including the official Christmas Tree Lighting; art/photography exhibition; Poet’s breakfast; rides; live music entertainment and much more.
Noosa Christian Collage is a co-educational private school educating students from prep to Year 12. Its 11 hectares of natural bushland provides an inspirational campus of natural plants and native animals.
Cooroy is home to Noosa District High School, which caters for students from Year 7 to 12 and has a Junior Secondary campus in nearby Pomona. Established in 1909, Cooroy State School offers an education to those from Prep to Year 6.
Cooroy Community Kindergarten is the ideal starting point for local learners.
Tewantin and Noosaville are within a 15 to 20-minute drive from Cooroy and offer a range of public and private school options.
The best parts of Cooroy can be seen on foot, with many walking trails ideal for bird watchers and nature lovers. Cooroy has access to three of four scenic hinterland cycle routes and four of the renowned Noosa Trails, including Trail Eight – the Cooroy Wanderer, an 11km one way flat and easy walking trail.