Growing bananas and then, after World War II, pineapples were Cooran’s main industries. Cooran means tall in the Kabi language — and that may designate the noteworthy peak of Mount Cooran, or perhaps the tall, straight Moreton Bay Ash trees — Eucalyptus tessellaris — which grow there. It is a peaceful, pretty hinterland town with imaginative shops. And the weather is always good — hot and sunny with a light breeze.
Do you own a pair of very, very comfortable, well broken-in walking boots?
The Cooran Tablelands and Mothar Mountain State Forest have walking tracks, swimming holes and wonderful views of the coast. You have got to be pretty fit to attempt the Noosa Trail Network though. Trail two of The Scenic Trail starts at Tablelands Road, Cooran, and is 26 kilometres each way. That is a good five hours on horseback and two days if you’re walking — each way!