We’ll let you in on a little local secret. Noosa’s stunning beaches are world-class, but there’s so much more to Noosa than the beach – really! A journey out of the well-loved coastal towns, into the hinterland reveals a burgeoning restaurant, brewery, and distillery scene, as well as rich farming lands dotted with sustainable local producers and farm gates. We take you on a trip to one of our favourites, the tiny town of Kin Kin, where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another world. Here, you can experience a slower way of life, and true small-town, country hospitality. Come along for the ride and spend a day or a weekend in Kin Kin - we think you’ll love it!
You can do Kin Kin in a day trip, sure. But then you miss out on one of the true gems of this country town - Mayan Luxe Villas, one of the best eco-luxe stay options in the entire Noosa region. Hand built with rammed earth walls from the site on which it stands, the villas are finished with recycled railway sleepers and reclaimed timbers. The result is a luxurious three-bedroom retreat from the world, just outside the charming hinterland town of Kin Kin, with stand-out features including an outdoor tub, fire pit and circular concrete plunge pool. Mayan Luxe Villas sleep up to eight people and is the ideal location for a country getaway or celebration. Book here.
A sea of homely delights awaits behind the whimsical exterior of the petite weatherboard cottage that houses the treasure trove that is Kin Kin Depot. Set on the side of the sloping main street, locally made candles and potions vie for position with delicate jewels and country-styled homewares in this eclectic store that captures the vibrant hinterland style that is unique to Kin Kin.
Kin Kin Depot is open most Saturday - Monday, 9am to 4pm. Outside these times, just call the number on the door and the owners will come and open up if they are at home (the managers live in an adjoining home), how is that for country service!
A true paddock-to-plate experience is guaranteed at the Black Ant Gourmet Cafe where long-time local Jodie and her team dish up sustainably grown meals in stunning country surrounds, overlooking the main street and the nearby rolling hills. Worth the drive to Kin Kin in its own right, this local treasure feeds locals and visitors most days of the week for breakfast and lunch, with dinners every Friday night. And if you can’t make it to Kin Kin, bring Kin Kin to you, with Black Ant’s gourmet catering option.
Breakfast 7:30 – 10:30am daily. Lunch 11am – 3pm daily + Sunday Smokey BBQ Buffet. Friday dinner 5:30 – 9pm. Closed public holidays.
Did you know, the word Kin Kin comes from the indigenous word kauin kauin and refers to a species of black ant that is prevalent in the area? Keep your eyes out for the giant black ant statue in town!
The beating heart of this hinterland community, Kin Kin General Store is a foodie haven, perched on the town's quaint main street. The General Store stocks locally farmed and sourced produce, and visitors and locals relax on the wraparound veranda with some of the best seasonal food and local coffee from Noosa Black.
This newly-created art fair happens on various weekends throughout the year, and supports local hinterland artists and producers, who create and exhibit their work throughout the fair.
Snaking across farmlands and forestry throughout the Noosa Hinterland is a network of tracks and trails known as the Noosa Trail Network. Many of the trails wind through the town of Kin Kin, making it an ideal base to explore the trails by bike or on foot.