Hundreds walk 35 miles through the Noosa hinterland

Over 230 hikers will visit the Noosa Biosphere Trails from Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd October.

The Great Noosa Trail Walk 2022 celebrates its tenth consecutive year during this long October weekend.

Over 230 hikers will hike the Noosa Biosphere Trails 56 km between Cooroy, Cooran, Kin Kin and Pomona from Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd October.

With the support of local businesses from these upstate towns, The Pomona Railway Station Art Gallery, Black Ant Gourmet, Hinter-Coast Transport, Noosa Hinterland Brewery and Pomona Distilling Co, this is a true community event.

The event is run by volunteers from Cooroy Future Group Inc. and supported by groups such as the Rotary Club of Eumundi, Cooroy Pomona Lions, Pomona Cooran Cutters and the Kin Kin Community Group, as well as Tourism Noosa, Noosa Council and Queensland Parks Wildlife.

With borders open, Cooroy Future Group Inc event organizers are able to welcome walkers from across Australia and the usual route has been flipped, bringing a new perspective on the route for these repeat walkers.

A great team of local volunteer walk guides will accompany participants over the long weekend to provide insight into the area and reassure the route.

Attendees can keep an eye out for koalas, as trail guides have recently spotted koalas during their pre-event hikes.

Participants will walk through the Noosa Council’s Yurol and Ringtail Project.

The permanent protection of this important corridor between Cooloola and Tewantin National Parks will provide valuable habitat for a number of endangered species including the koala.

Part of the rehabilitation for this project includes planting appropriate trees, specifically koala food trees.

For the first time ever, the event also features a one-day experience, giving hikers the chance to join in the fun for just one day if they can’t decide to get away for the weekend.

These walkers start at the scenic Noosa Botanic Gardens in Cooroy and trek to Cooran via Middle Lookout before boarding a shuttle bus back to Cooroy.

The 3-day trekkers and guides will trek 14 miles on Days 1 and 2 and camp in nearby towns while enjoying delicious country feasts at PC Cutters in Cooran and Black Ant Gourmet in Kin Kin for dinner.

The final day of the event is a leisurely 10km walk for those wishing to complete the entire route, followed by a communal celebration at the Pomona Distilling Co.

However, for the bravest there is also the climb of Mt Cooroora which adds a few more hours to the last day’s itinerary for those with the energy to spare!’

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