Sunshine Coast Hinterland towns along the Blackall Ranges are well known Brisbane Weekend Getaways, but when planning romantic weekend getaways like for Valentines Day 2021, don’t overlook Noosa Hinterland towns and Districts like Eumundi, Pomona, Cooran, Kin Kin and Cooroibah. Nestled in sub-tropical Noosa hinterland they are closer to Noosa than the Blackall Ranges and loaded with country charm.
With Valentines Day 2021 falling on Friday 14th February, a romantic long weekend will be the perfect celebration.
It is true that a romantic weekend getaway can be taken at home, but everyone wants to travel and experience something different right now. Even those of us living in South-East Queensland, might not immediately consider these delightful Noosa Hinterland towns.
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Noosa Hinterland Accommodation Choices – Airbnb
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We’ve chosen some Airbnb unique stays as country love nests to retire to after a day of exploring. Whether for a birthday or Valentine’s Day, start planning your Romantic Weekend Getaway in the Noosa Hinterland now.
For those preferring the Coast at night and the hinterland by day, we’ve included a Coastal Choice at Tewantin.
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Romantic Coastal Weekend Getaway Noosa – Tewantin
Where is Tewantin?
Tewantin is Noosa’s twin sister. While Noosa Heads is situated on the Ocean and Noosaville spread out on the southern bank of the Noosa River, Tewantin a little further up river at the beginning of the Lake Cooroibah.
Where to Eat in Tewantin
- Tewantin RSL – cheap pub food with entertainment
- Zabé Espresso Bar – Eclectic Vibe and Piano Player
What to do in Tewantin
Noosa River is a huge attraction in Tewantin and there is no better place to experience it than at the Noosa Marina. Full of restaurants, bars, shops and the Noosa Marina Market 8 am to 1.30 pm Sundays, it’s a pleasant place to have lunch or dinner.
The Marina is also terminal for the Noosa River Ferry, providing a great way to experience the river and all stops to Sofitel Noosa and Noosa Main Beach.
Where to Stay in Tewantin
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4.94 out of 5 stars from 408 Reviews
This self-contained Tewantin granny flat behind the main house has it’s own entrance and shared-pool view.
Very spacious and brand new.
The north-facing deck is warming in Winter and in Summer, the cross-ventilation from bifold doors is cooling.
Initial Breakfast provisions are supplied along with plenty of local brochures. Walking distance of local shops, pub and restaurants. Light and airy space situated on a quiet no through road.
Have a reviving swim or relax on the romantic deck after a day of adventures.
Romantic Weekend Getaways to Cooroibah Noosa Hinterland
Cooroibah or “Place of Possums” in local Aboriginal, is a shallow saline lake borne from the widening Noosa River.
This semi-rural district in Noosa Shire is a great place to stay if you enjoy kayaking with both Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba on your doorstep. As a bonus it can be cheaper and more relaxing than staying in Noosa itself.
Retire to Cooroibah after a day exploring the Noosa River, Noosa Junction or Hastings Street Noosa and Noosa Main Beach.
Where is Cooroibah?
Cooroibah is a lake and a district north of Tewantin, Noosa’s sister town.
Where to Eat near Cooroibah
- Noosa Waterfront Restaurant (upmarket), 142 Gympie Terrace Noosaville for Italian Cuisine and romantic Riverfront Views,
- Ari’s Italian Deli for romantic Picnic Supplies (upmarket) eat in or Coffee, in Gympie Terrace Noosaville behind 250 Grammi Food and Wine Bar,
- Tewantin RSL for budget Pub Style Meals,
- Noosa Golf Club for relaxing on the deck,
- Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club for River Views, or
- BBQ at your Airbnb retreat.
What to do in Cooroibah
Explore other Sunshine Coast Hinterland Towns, Noosa and Lake Cooroibah and Cootharaba.
Where to Stay in Cooroibah
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4.98 out of 5 stars from 177 Reviews – SUPERHOST
Stand alone space with open plan kitchen, dining and living, 2 bedrooms, a modern bathroom and a private outdoor dining area with gas BBQ and open fireplace.
Queen in the main bedroom and a day bed in the second bedroom that can be a single bed or a king bed. Advise how you would like this configured. Air mattress, portable cot and linen can also be supplied.
Relax in front of a large screen SmartTV and a DVD player and keep in touch with wireless internet access via NBN.
This semi-rural retreat is:
- 8 km inland from Tewantin’s shops,
- 11 km from the Gympie Terrace Cafes beside the Noosa River and
- 15 km to upmarket Hasting St with it’s fine dining, sands of Noosa main Beach, surf at First Point and walkways of iconic Noosa National Park linking Noosa with Sunshine Beach.
Romantic Weekend Getaways – Kin Kin Noosa Hinterland
Where is Kin Kin?
How cute is the name Kin Kin?
Midway between Noosa and Gympie in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Kin Kin is aboriginal for a type of Black Ant.
Where to Eat in Kin Kin
Located at 56 Main Street, the Black Ant @ Kin Kin General Store, serves tasty and interesting food. Sitting on the deck with either just the two of us, or friends is one of our favourite Sunshine Coast things to do.
Open every day for breakfast/lunch and Friday Night for full Dinner Menu and Wood Fired Pizza, Chef and Owner Jodie uses local produce where possible. Black Ant Gourmet proudly displays Slow Food Noosa’s Snail of Approval Award and were winner of 2019 QLD Restaurant and Caterers Savour Awards Best Small Caterer.
If you prefer to eat at home, Kin Kin General Store sells a range of pre-prepared meals from the freezer.
Located at 69 Main Street The Country Life is the place for a cold beer and pub meal with live music every week-end.
What to Do in Kin Kin
Kin Kin Depot
Located at 61 Main Street, Kin Kin Depot is as bright as a button on the outside offering an eclectic mix of works by local artists and artisans within. It’s the place to pick up gifts, have a chat and learn about what local artisans are producing.
Currently open 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Check their facebook page for times or ring (07) 5442 7727.
Kin Kin Markets
The markets are on the 1st Sunday of the Month.
With the Cows behind the Pub.
Visit other Noosa Hinterland towns, Noosa Beach and Lake Cooroibah and Cootharaba.
Where to Stay Noosa Hinterland near Kin Kin?
Kin Kin is out there in more ways than just geographically. Why not stay Out There in a 2019 Geodesic Dome Home?
Set amongst rolling green hills, Henley House might feel off-radar, but with mod cons like a hot tub beneath the stars and wifi, plus country feels like freshly laid hen eggs, this option provides the best of both worlds.
Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 23 Reviews – SUPERHOST
At Henley House you can do as much or as little as you want. Your one bedroom Studio Apartment retreat is only 2 minutes to Kin Kin township, Black Ant Gourmet Café, Country Life hotel, massage and yoga retreats.
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15 minutes to Boreen Point, Apollonian Hotel, Lake Cootharaba Sailing and windsurfing.
20 minutes to Pomona, Majestic Silent movie theatre, markets, restaurants, Mt Cooroora, home of the King of the mountain foot race.
30 minutes to Harry’s Hut and the famous Noosa Everglades.
30 minutes to Eumundi, the famous Eumundi markets.
30 minutes to Cooroy, Noosa Botanical Gardens, Cooroy Butter Factory, restaurants.
40 minutes to Noosa, Noosa National Park, gorgeous beaches, surfing, fishing, boutique shopping, restaurants
and golf course.
Less than 1 hour to Rainbow Beach and a little further to Tin Can Bay and the barge to Frasier Island.
1 hour to Maroochydore Airport and 2 hours to Brisbane Airport.
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4.90 Stars out of 5 from 421 Reviews
Do Treehouses stimulate your romantic vibes?
Then look no further than this 90 sq m treehouse evolved from a shipping container. Climb to your King Size bed in the loft.
Mod cons include:
- 50″ flat screen TV,
- Weber BBQ, Stove/oven,
- Surround Sound,
- fast wifi,
- Electronics charged on Hybrid Solar Power,
- Massages available for a fee.
The Treehouse has bi-fold glass doors and louvres that bring the outside in. Enjoy sunrise from your loft bed and then meet black cockatoos, king parrots and tiny wallabies outside.
This stunning property is set on a very private 40acre block of land with Woondum National Park as its back yard. Access is suitable for two wheel drive vehicles.
Romantic Weekend Getaways – Cooran Noosa Hinterland
The name Cooran has aboriginal roots, alluding to tall in the Kabi Language, possibly referring to Mount Cooran or the Moreton Bay Ash Tree.
Where is Cooran
Cooran is 13.5 km or 15 minutes south of Kin Kin in the Noosa Shire.
Where to Eat in Cooran
Vintage Junction (Cafe and Antiques)
Open on Weekends The Junction is mostly frequented on Sundays, when a food truck is in residence.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 pm, Hinterland produces paddock to plate dinners from their Old School Flats 70 acre farm only 1.2 km from the Restaurant. Their veggie garden uses Permaculture values and they raise heritage pigs (making their on bacon) and cattle. I can vouch for their authentic chocolate and chilli ice-cream.
What to do in Cooran
Find a special collectible from the Antique Stores. Have a hot or cold drink from the Cafe. Chill in the back area with lunch from a Food Van.
Check out the Views
James M McKane Memorial (Tablelands) Lookout is 5.4 km or 9 minutes north of Cooran on a partially bitumen and good gravel road. The drive is well worth the views that go south to Mount Coolum on the Coast and there are picnic tables, green lawns and toilet facilities.
526 Tablelands Road, Cooran – 4WD during wet weather.
It goes without saying that the rest of the Noosa Hinterland towns and lakes should be visited including Eumundi Markets on Wednesday and Saturday with the smaller Eumundi Square market on Friday.
Where to Stay Noosa Hinterland near Cooran
Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 70 Reviews. – SUPERHOST.
Coral Tree Cottage is nestled in the Hinterland between Pomona and Cooran. Explore Cooroy just 16 minutes away, Eumundi at 20 minutes and Noosa at 30 minutes.
Your Queen Bed Guest Suite is separate to the main house by 3 metres while the 3 acre property itself is home to wildlife including Kookaburras, Kangaroos and Chickens.
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Romantic Weekend Getaways – Eumundi Noosa Hinterland
What to Do in and Around Eumundi
- Eumundi is the home of the Original Eumundi Markets. Read our Guide Here.
- Berkelouw Books is an institution on the Sunshine Coast and I defy an avid reader to bypass it. Every visit we make to Eumundi, of which there are many, includes a visit to Berkelouw.
- Browse Pottery, Crystal and Leather shops.
- Eumundi has a Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts and a Skate Park.
- Take a Sunshine Coast Hinterland drive. One of our favourite drives begins at Eumundi, crosses the Bruce Highway and follows the old Bruce Highway (Bunya Road) to Yandina. Yandina Market one of the biggest plant markets on the coast, operates Saturday morning. This is a beautiful and relaxing country drive past acreage and small farms. Plan ahead to Stop at Terella Brewery and Farmyard. – Kids and Dogs Welcome.
- Have a drink or Counter Meal at Yandina Country Pub.
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Where to eat at Eumundi
Eumundi Markets has food stalls with tasty and affordable offerings for all kind of dietary requirements. It’s part of the fun of a market, so dig right in.
Eumundi Brewery now operates from the iconic 1911 Imperial Hotel. The Imperial is an special Sunshine Coast Pub offering brewery tours, live music and counter meals. Pizzas, Burgers, Tacos, Ribs, Mains and Salads like Dukkah Cauliflower and Avocado Salad. In short, they have it all.
Dog Friendly Bohemian Bungalow Eumundi has an imaginative menu and special promotions on their facebook page. Get your bohemian on at the Bohemian Bungalow.
Il Mio Posto serves up authentic Italian Meals. At times they are Dine-In (Dog Friendly outdoors), but at the moment are Take-Away Only. Order some to go and with a bottle of red return to your unique nest.
Where to Stay Noosa Hinterland in and near Eumundi
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5 out of 5 starts from 24 Reviews
WELL BEHAVED DOG FRIENDLY BUT UNFENCED
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The Little Red Train Carriage is a happy blend of original 1940’s Guards Carriage, comfortable leather armchairs, luxury linen and a Queen Sized Bed.
A short walk outside the carriage – next to your swimming pool – is your private bathroom.
The carriage has tea, coffee and fridge, but no kitchen. Eumundi has plenty of eateries to choose from (see above) just a few minutes walk away and Noosa with it’s many cafes and restaurants is a beautiful 20 minutes drive.
There is even a platypus walk on the property (Maroochy River).
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4.89 out of 5 stars from 57 Reviews – SUPERHOST
Stay in this romantic getaway at Doonan, only 8 km and 8 minutes by car from Eumundi. Enjoy relaxing peace and tranquility in this tiny quaint cottage set on 3 acres of lush bush. You will love views of the large lawn and friendly wildlife from the cottage deck.
This place is for those who love the beach and bustle of Noosa, but like to relax on the deck and listen to the trees rustling. Watch wallabies graze the manicured lawns in late afternoon.
Being situated a distant 100 metres from the host’s home adds to the hideaway ambience.
- Self Contained
- Reverse Cycle Air-conditioning
- Wifi can be weather dependent
- Filtered Tap Water
- Separate toilet
- Tea/Coffee and Small Milk supplied on arrival
Romantic Weekend Getaway – Pomona Noosa Hinterland
Where is Pomona?
Approximately 3o minutes from Noosa Heads, Pomona is 6.5 km south of Cooran; 10 km north of Cooroy, and 18 km north of Eumundi. It is the beating heart of the Noosa Biosphere recognized by UNESCO in 2007. It is quite a large country town and my personal favourite. Pomona is well-situated to visit other Hinterland Towns and Noosa.
The Volcanic lava plug Cooroora Mountain is walking distance from Pomona and very visible. The trail network below the Mountain is used by hikers, horse riders and mountain bike riders.
What to Do in Pomona
- Saturday Morning Pomona Markets
- Enjoy the Saturday Vibe in the Town Cafes
- Majestic Silent Movie Theatre
- Visit Pomona Distillery
- Climb Mt. Cooroora – The top half of the walk is quite steep. Good shoes and fitness a must. Lovely walk through the bush then plenty of steps and some “haulage” up the steep bits, guided by a chain for several sections. Gloves come in handy.
Where to Eat and Drink at Pomona
Pomona Coffee Shops
For a smallish town, Pomona is blessed with a variety places to eat and drink. Our favourite Coffee Spot is Pomona Village Kitchen in Memorial Avenue. The menu is Japanese Inspired and the Coffee awesome, plus there are side and back dog friendly areas, a vine covered pergola and a huge Kid’s Room.
Pomona Distilling Co.
Showcasing Pomona to the world, Pomona Distilling use local sustainable ingredients and botanicals, sourced from their own or neighbours’ farms, producing a distinct Pomona flavoured spirit. Only the Juniper Berries are imported from Europe.
Laid back during the week, Pomona Gin Distillery comes to life on the week-ends with many people making the trip to dine in the Bistro.
There are romantic seats in the main building while groups are catered for in the barn-like structure out the back. The choice is yours.
Noosa Hinterland Accommodation – Pomona
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