Noosa nature tourism boost with Cooroora Trail resurrected and reconnected

The new and improved Cooroora Trail is now open following the completion of extensive restoration works along the 10km track.

Linking Pomona to Cooran in the hinterland approximately 30km from Noosa, what was formerly known as Trail 5 has been upgraded after bushfires caused extensive damage to the region in 2019.

Project works included trail realignment, widening and resurfacing, drainage improvements, and accessibility additions like wayfinding and interpretive signage.

Recycled asphalt has also been used on a small section of the trail that floods regularly, increasing its durability and reducing the need for regular maintenance.

The new trail was delivered by Noosa Shire Council with the support of a $1.61 million Local Economic Recovery Program grant, funded through joint Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements by the Queensland and Australian Governments.

It’s the first project completed as part of the Noosa Trails Masterplan, which has been created by council to increase connectivity and recreational activity, and to enhance firebreaks to best protect neighbouring communities.

The Cooroora Trail is also a shining example of betterment, a major focus when it comes to DRFA infrastructure investment by the state and federal governments.

By not simply replacing what has been damaged, but building it back better and more resiliently, Queensland is being strengthened against future natural disasters.

Walkers, cyclists and even equestrian enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the Cooroora Trail and take in the spectacular scenery, with the stretch suited to any skill level.

The trail is, as Queensland Reconstruction Authority CEO Major General Jake Ellwood (Retd) puts it, “exactly what the Local Economic Recovery Program was designed to achieve”.