Every day of the Noosa Longweekend will be an opportunity to join a free guided heritage walk in a variety of locations across the shire. From Hasting St to Kin Kin, your eyes will be opened to new ways of looking at our towns and landscapes, as guides unfold the history of sites and places.
Most walks will be about one and half hours and will be at strolling pace and many walks have complimentary refreshments afterwards.
All walks begin at 1.00pm. There is no need to book. Simply turn up.
Enquiries John Woodlock 5474 0334
Frid 11 Cooran Heritage Walk
Phil Moran and Edith Hansen - Meet at Car Park near Cooran Recreation Club, Bridge St. There will be historical photographic displays by the Noosa Shire Museum and refreshments provided at conclusion of walk.
Cooran is situated in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Noosa Hinterland. It was a thriving railway town when Cooran was the southern end of the railway line, with transportation between Cooran and Yandina being serviced by Cobb &Co. It still has its original community hall and the largest trading post in the shire. This is a gentle stroll of about two hours. Local tree hugger and identity, Phil Moran, and well known local historian, Edith Hansen, will bring yesteryears to life and talk about environmental restoration of the area.
The walk will end at the Memorial School of Arts where there will be historical photographic displays by the Noosa Shire Museum and refreshments provided. Bring some warm clothing in case it gets cold late afternoon.
Meet at Car Park near Cooran Recreation Club, Bridge St at 1pm.
Sat 12 Cooroy Heritage Walk
Dr Ruth Kerr - Meet at the front of the Cooroy Butter Factory, Cooroy. Telephone 5442 5570. Complimentary refreshments at end of walk.
Cooroy is a heritage town in the heart of the Noosa hinterland, which has retained much of its built environment while economic change has occurred in the town's commercial base. The walk is approximately 2km. There will be complimentary refreshments at end of walk.
The main street townscape has been retained intact since World War One, some buildings having been lost to fire and being rebuilt in similar form. There are a number of interesting buildings in Cooroy, including the public buildings, police, post office and Memorial Hall that survive as built and the Shire's only surviving butter factory building is in the main street.
Historian, Dr. Ruth Kerr, and members of the Cooroy-Noosa Genealogical and Historical Research Group will act as guides on the walk.
Allow two hours. Bring some warm clothing in case it gets cold late afternoon.
Meet at the front of the Cooroy Butter Factory, Cooroy at 1.00pm. Telephone 5442 5570
Sun 13 Kin Kin Heritage Walk
John News - Meet in car park opposite the School of Arts which is at the Main St roundabout. Complimentary refreshments at end of walk
Kin Kin is a small town nestled in the picturesque hills of the Noosa Hinterland. Previously a centre of the timber and dairying industries, it boasts an historic hotel and one of the original timber mills still working today. Local environmentalist, John News, will introduce you to the charm and history of Kin Kin and to some local Kin Kin identities. Kin Kin Community Development Group will provide complimentary refreshments after walk. Allow two hours. Recommended that you bring some warm clothing in case it get cold late afternoon.
Meet in car park opposite the School of Arts which is at the Main St roundabout at 1.00pm.
Sat 5 July Gubbi Gubbi Walk
Gubbi Gubbi people including Dr Eve Fesl - At river mouth, meet on path on left hand side of road just before the end of The Spit between the 2 yellow road hump signs.
Gubbi Gubbi people, including Dr Eve Fesl, will lead this walk and point out places of importance to them, the traditional land owners of Noosa and surrounding areas. They will give insights into Gubbi Gubbi history, customs, traditions and utilization of the landscape in these areas. Allow two hours.
Go to the end of Noosa Woods and meet at the river mouth on the path on the left hand side of road between the 2 yellow road hump signs. There is a picnic table on the grass and there is covered picnic hut on other side of the road. Meet at 1pm.
Sun 6 Tewantin Heritage Walk
George Pearce - Meet at old swimming baths site next to Noosa Harbour Town, Tewantin. Complimentary refreshments after walk and photographic display.
Tewantin has a rich history as the bustling commercial hub of the early timber industry with riverside mills supplying timber to paddle steamers from Brisbane. Local resident, George Pearce will guide you through the history of the Cobb and Co gateway to the Gympie Goldfields.
At end of walk, enjoy complimentary refreshments at historic Parkyn's Hut and peruse the collection of early photographs. Allow two and half hours.
Meet at old swimming baths by the skate bowl site next to Noosa Harbour Town, Tewantin at 1.00pm.
Mon 7 Hastings Street Heritage Walk
John Woodlock - Meet in the Lion's car park opposite Halse Lodge. Walk will end at historic Halse Lodge where there will be complimentary refreshments.
We will view the disused coal-mine site as well as the reclaimed land of Hays Inlet and then walk eastward along Hastings Street and Morwong Drive to the border of former Hacks Farm. We will retrace our steps down Morwong Drive to the Main beach to view the beachfront buildings, rock wall and groins then on to the bar and The Woods area. Along Hastings Street we will compare the businesses of today with the homes and shops from the past.
At Hay's corner on the corner of Hastings Street and Noosa-Tewantin Road we will walk to Halse Lodge and view this heritage building where we will partake of refreshments.
Allow two hours.
Local historian, artist and author of 'Hastings St, Stories from Noosa's Past', Emma Freeman, will be special guest on this fascinating and charming stroll around Hastings St.
Meet in the Lion's car park opposite Halse Lodge at 1pm
Tues 8 Mill Point Heritage Walk
Archaeologist: Steve Nichols - Meet at the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service office at Elanda Point.
Between 1869 and 1892 the Mill Point Settlement boasted a 'state of the art' timber milling operation and supported a small township. Situated on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, it had a tramway system for transporting timber to the mill before being floated or towed across water down south to Tewantin.
Mill Point is part of the Cooloola National Park and this walk will be about 5 kilometres and take three and a half hours. Archeologist, Steve Nichols will lead us on a voyage of discovery - 'What archaeology is telling us about Mill Point?'
Meet at the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service office at Elanda Point at 1.00pm. To get to Elanda Pt from Noosa, go to Tewantin, turn right at Werin St (school on corner), follow directions to Boreen Pt which direct you to turn left at Cullinane St/McKinnon Drive. At Boreen Pt, turn left just before entering town and follow directions to Elanda Pt.
It is recommended you wear long sleeves and long pants/slacks, bring mosquito repellent and wear footwear that can deal with boggy patches. Also bring some warm clothing in case it gets cold late afternoon.
Wed 9 Pomona Heritage Walk
Noosa Shire Museum volunteer Edith Hansen - Meet at the Noosa Shire Museum at 29 Factory Street, Pomona. There will be historical displays and refreshments provided at the Noosa Shire Museum at end of walk.
Pomona has a rich built environmental heritage, including the Majestic Theatre, the Cooroora Masonic Lodge, the former Noosa Shire Chambers, the Pomona Hotel and the Pomona Courthouse. On our walk, well known local historian and Noosa Shire Museum volunteer, Edith Hansen, will give us an insight into Pomona's heritage. Allow two hours or so.
You will enjoy a visit to the Shire Museum at the conclusion of the walk where there will be refreshments, old photos to view on the theatre screen as well as Museum displays. Bring some warm clothing in case it gets cold late afternoon.
Meet at the Noosa Shire Museum at 29 Factory Street, Pomona at 1.00pm
Thurs 10 Eumundi Heritage Walk
Lyndall Friend 'Discover Eumundi' - Meet at Eumundi Museum in Main Street.
Eumundi had a butter factory, timber mills, plenty of bullock teams and early hotels. A lot of history remains but the town has re-invented it-self as a market town of world re-known. Walk will discuss how Eumundi became a settlement and the role of original inhabitants, founding families and early industry. Walk will point out some of the original buildings and their links with families from the past. It will return along Memorial Drive, which is dedicated to the fallen of WW1, to the Visitor Centre and Museum where refreshments will be available and where people can view displays and the current exhibition on Historic Hotels and Breweries of Eumundi.
Meet at Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, 73 Memorial Drive, Eumundi at 1.00pm
Graphics to the right:
1. Noosa in the 1950's
2. Martins Hotel, Tewantin
3. Lower Maple Street, Cooroy (Marryatt Store & Noosa Cafe)
4. Cooroy Railway Station
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