Got the urge to travel, but closures got you stuck at home? Get away from it all, in your own backyard! A Noosa Hinterland staycation is the perfect way to get your travel fix and discover something new, all within the local Noosa region. Take advantage of the current low-occupancy and support local operators in the process. Here is our guide to the best Noosa Hinterland accommodation options and restaurants, from farm stays to country cottages and rural retreats.
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Eco-luxe Yurts, located on 100 private acres, is a hideaway luxury retreat, limited to 12 adult guests. Stay in one of the six spacious self-contained Mountain View or Beauty Spot Yurts, which boast unparalleled views of the iconic Mount Cooroora. Equipped with luxury king bed (or twin beds), an eco-luxe en-suite bathroom, open living and dining space, and a modern kitchenette. The surrounding glass walls bring the outside in and the levered windows and French doors add a little provincial style to this Noosa Country getaway.
EATS: Pomona Village Kitchen, Pomona Distilling Co, Pomona Slow Food
DO: Climb Mt Cooroora, wander the Pomona Markets, trawl local vintage stores, step back in time with a silent film screening at Pomona Majestic Theatre, learn some local Kabi Kabi history at the Noosa Museum
Literally rising from the earth on which it stands, Mayan Luxe Villas were hand-built with rammed earth walls (created from soil dug from a dam on the 100-acre working farm) and finished with recycled railway sleepers and reclaimed timbers in the impressive entrance doors, lighting and even the kitchen bench. The result is a luxurious three-bedroom retreat just outside the charming hinterland town of Kin Kin. Move between your comfortable bed and the open-plan chef's kitchen to the hammock, fire pit and circular concrete plunge pool outside your door. If you can’t bear the thought of leaving, pre-arrange catering by co-owner and Slow Food advocate, Jodie Williams, who runs the nearby Kin Kin General Store.
EATS: Kin Kin General Store, Noosa Hinterland Brewing, Country Life Hotel
Occupying a special swathe of land on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, 30 minutes north of Hastings Street, Habitat Noosa sits at the jump-off point for exploring the spectacular Noosa Everglades. As one of only two everglades systems in the world, this magical waterway and its ‘River of Mirrors’ (named for the reflection of the melaleucas in its mirror-like surface) begs to be explored by kayak or canoe, both of which you can hire during your stay. There are powered and unpowered campsites set amongst the paperbarks and resident kangaroos, or you can opt for a more upscale glamping experience by booking one of the permanent onsite safari tents. This is the kind of place you check-into and switch off from the worries of the outside world.
EATS: CootharaBAR Bistro
There’s glamping and then there is the sprawling, eco-friendly abode that is Noosa Tablelands Escape. Offering one adults-only safari tent on the 20-acre property set upon a raised platform with spectacular views over the Noosa Hinterland, your privacy is guaranteed as you slip between the king size bed and glass-fronted bathroom with freestanding bath, to the deck for a BBQ and outside to your own private fire pit. There’s plenty of luxurious touches, from the robes and slippers to the picnic and romance hampers you can add to your stay while running completely off grid. And best of all, there’s no WiFi to distract you from nature’s symphony. With direct access to the Noosa Trail Network and an abundance of wildlife, it’s unsurprisingly popular; prepare to book at least 6-8 months in advance.
An idyllic rural escape and the perfect vantage point to explore the Noosa Country, Eumundi Dairy is a great spot for group or family getaways. With two accommodation options – the original homestead house and the dairy – which can be rented separately or together, the property can cater to any sized group. Each self-contained property has its own access, outlook, and garden.
Standing on the site since the early 1900s, the original homestead boasts signature Queenslander-style wrap-around verandas, overlooking the perfectly manicured gardens and ponds, while the adjoining Dairy has been transformed from a working dairy into a modern barn accommodation with polished concrete floors, a rustic wood-fired pizza oven and alfresco dining area overlooking a towering, knotted fig tree.
Nestled peacefully near the heart of the Noosa Hinterland, this eco-retreat is tucked-away on the shores of Lake Cootharaba. Perfectly suited to weekends away or leisurely mid-week breaks, where relaxation and reconnecting with nature is the main goal. With rooms and cabins dotted throughout the hectares of rainforest surrounds, secluded walking tracks connecting the retreat with nearby Lake Cootharaba, open fires to enjoy on cool winter’s nights, vegetable gardens and groves of fruit trees, you will leave blissfully relaxed and at one with nature.
Take a journey back in time, at the secluded Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages. With its romantic French Provincial interiors, authentic Persian carpets and rolling mountain views, this little local getaway will allay your travel urges. These self-contained cottages are set on a 30-acre property at Cootharaba. Close to the Noosa Trail Network, this is an ideal jump-off point to explore the trails on horseback, mountain bike or on foot. Or relax on the property and watch the native wildlife roam freely around the property from the comfort of your own cottage.
Choose your own adventure! Select a pop-up location, for a night (or more), and Glamacamp will come to your chosen location (they operate Australia-wide) and set up a bespoke glamping experience just for you, under their unique bell tents. With an array of packages to choose from, there’s something ideal for every occasion.