Towns in Australia

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Cooroy QLD


Postcode: 4563

Cooroy is a town in Queensland, Australia. It lies in the hinterland of Noosa Shire, 20 kilometres from Noosa Heads. Cooroy’s name came from Cooroy Mountain, which was originally called Coorooey, from the Aboriginal word for possum, kurui.

Cooroy has an attractive heritage-focused town centre but modernised as well. Cooroy has one hotel, a Golf Club, a Bowls Club and the RSL Club. The Cooroy Motel is 3 star accommodation situated directly opposite the Railway Station. Noosa Botanical Garden is situated on Lake MacDonald just outside of the town. Also in town is the Noosa District High School and Cooroy State Primary School. Cooroy has a Badminton Club, a Showground, several netball courts, two organic and green grocers and an award-winning cafe. Peter Young, a resident with Cerebral Palsy, is a popular figure in the town itself and in Noosa and can be seen driving around town in his electric wheelchair on most days.

Just 10 km north of Cooroy and off the Bruce Highway is the delightful village of Pomona with the dramatic Mount Cooroora looming over it. Each year in July mountain runners from all over the world come to the town to participate in the famous ‘King of the Mountain Race’. These foolish fitness fanatics actually run up the 438-metre volcanic plug known as Mount Cooroora. More sensible people can relax in the town’s delightful old style Pomona Hotel or go and see a movie in the Majestic Theatre (over the railway line) which claims to be Queensland’s longest-running cinema. It has a delightful sense of fun. It once had Rudolf Valentino’s Son of the Sheikh running for over 156 weeks.