NOOSA’S DRIVE-BYS

The best way to un­wind is to head for the hin­ter­land along fan­tas­tic trails

Noosa Life and Style - - THINGS TO DO -

OUT on a Noosa Coun­try Drive, there is noth­ing bet­ter than to go “loopy” in the best pos­si­ble way by head­ing out on to the up­graded sealed lo­cal road net­work.

There is the North­ern Loop, a 146km day trip tak­ing in Boreen Point, Kin Kin and Cooran. The Cen­tral Loop winds along 91km from Pomona, Cooroy and Lake Macdon­ald.

Or there is the South­ern Loop, an 80km day trip tak­ing in Doo­nan, Eumundi, Cooroy and Tin­beer­wah. You can also mix and match in any way you like for your own hy­brid driv­ing grand tour. One of the great un­der­stated des­ti­na­tions in the Noosa Coun­try Drive to re­ally un­wind is the town­ship of Kin Kin.

Its green rolling sur­rounds and laid­back lo­cals of­fer a ther­a­peu­tic es­cape from high-pres­sured lives. Kin Kin has al­ways at­tracted the type of peo­ple who look to feed their cre­ativ­ity by liv­ing in nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

Switched-on day trip­pers have been press­ing the es­cape but­ton to en­joy lots of fresh air, scenery and pad­dock to plate food.

The Kin Kin Cre­ation mar­kets, held on the town oval on the first Sun­day of each month from 9am–1pm, show­case the un­bound nat­u­ral en­ergy of this di­verse com­mu­nity.

Of course the cen­tre­piece of the town­ship is Coun­try Life Ho­tel, with the name sum­ming up the sort of hos­pi­tal­ity it has be­come leg­endary for, along with its home-cooked meals made from fresh pro­duce. Just up the road is the “main drag’s” other spe­cial gem – the funky Kin Kin Gen­eral Store with its added at­trac­tion, the Black Ant Gourmet. The whole set-up prom­ises a “a hive of cre­ative ex­pres­sion with all food be­ing free range and no spray as well as or­ganic cof­fee”.

They stock lo­cal pro­duce and a sur­pris­ing range of qual­ity meals. And these Kin Kin hubs are just the start­ing point. Fan out in any di­rec­tion and you find amaz­ing places like health re­treats, ar­ti­san gal­leries and the nat­u­ral at­trac­tion of the Great Noosa Trail Walk.

Go to www.noosacoun­try­drive.com.au.

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