Home to horse-lovers, farmers and peace seekers Cootharaba and its surrounding suburbs recorded a population of just 791 during the 2011 Australian Census – making it a true hinterland escape.
Cootharaba was named after the Aboriginal term for the lake, which referred to the place where wood could be found for making notched or studded clubs.
The heritage-listed site Mill Point Settlement Site at Elanda Point contains remnants of a private company township based around a sawmill and sustained by timber extraction from local forests during the late 1860s until the early 1890s.
Throughout its early establishment period it was known as Kin Kin Sawmills, however it was subsequently referred to as Cootharaba Sawmill, or Cootharaba Village Settlement. Locally the area has become known as Mill and/or Elanda Point since the early 20th century.
With an official Boreen Point address, the Elanda Point Education Centre and Adventure Park is the gateway to exploring the Cootharaba region and the Cooloola Recreation area. It is part of the world famous Great Sandy National Park, and provides a range of activities, including hiring of canoes, kayaks, motor boards, sailboats and hiking equipment.
Kin Kin State School is one of the closest education facilities to Cootharaba. Catering for primary aged children the school has a strong sustainable living program. Noosa District High School’s Pomona Campus is the closest secondary facility, offering schooling to students from Year 8 to Year 10. Students can finish their schooling at the Cooroy campus. The closest private school is Noosa Christian Collage, a co-educational private school educating students from prep to Year 12.
A section of Tewantin National Park was established in the southwest of Cootharaba. Tewantin National park runs from 2km west of Tewantin and 10km from along the Cooroy Noosa Road. It has a beautiful rainforest, an open eucalypt forest and remnants of wallum heath between Noosa and Cooroy, which are protected in the hilly sub-tropical forest. Cootharaba is home to Lake Cootharaba, the second of the lakes on the Noosa River and is bordered by the Great Sandy National Park.