Cooroy is a traditional country town with its prize winning streetscaping and community artwork. It is the centre of the Noosa Shire with a population of approx. 3000. It has a wonderful urban village like atmosphere.
Cooroy started as a camp for timber workers in 1863. The railway came to Cooroy in 1891 and soon after the main street started to develop. The town relied on the sawmills and local dairies and was a prosperous town until the collapse of the dairy and fruit growing industries in the 1970’s.
Cooroy’s name came from Cooroy Mountain, which was originally called Coorooey, from the Aboriginal word for possum, kurui.
Cooroy is now famous for Cooroy Water which flows from Cooroy Mountain and sold all over Australia. Cooroy is now a growing rural residential area with a mix of professional and trades people, farmers and rural workers. The area is a haven for those seeking a change of pace and a more peaceful country life. Hobby farms, rural enterprises, artists and traditional farms create a charming countryside patchwork. Cooroy is very popular for residents escaping the rapidly developing Sunshine Coast for a quieter lifestyle. It is a delightful village with many of the buildings dating back to the early 1900s.
The delightful main street of Cooroy has cafes, bistros, boutiques and artistic shops. Lining the roads are hundreds of paving bricks individually carved by members of the community.
In Maple Street in the heart of town is Cooroy’s old Butter Factory, which has been restored and is now a cultural and creative centre for artists and craftspeople to display and sell their work.
Cooroy is a stunning part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, north-east of Maroochydore and Coolum and 30 minutes south of Gympie. The area features rolling green hills, large areas of protected forest, panoramic mountain views and self-sustainable living. Sitting more than 100m above sea level, the elevation provides a moderate sub-tropical climate – glorious sunny summers and enjoyable mild winters.