Doonan (an area of Noosa hinterland) was first though to be settled in the late 1800’s. Many of the first settlers to the area had land on what is now known as Cash Rd. William Cash and his family settled in 1898. They built their home from cedar slabs and were the first to bring in banana plants by pack horse. Timber felling was however their main income, and they used their own bullock teams. Many families settled in the area with all sorts of farming including pigs, cane, dairy farming and grazing.
It is unclear the origin of the name Doonan but it is believed it is aboriginal and is thought to mean ‘leaf if a tree’.
Lake Weyba was explored by William Pettigrew in 1862. Weyba was “Weiba” and it is considered to be derived from an abbreviated aboriginal word meaning ‘stingray’. In the early 1900s, Lake Weyba had a large number of stingrays, which would have been easy targets for the spears of the Aboriginal people.
Doonan is located only 12 minutes from the world famous Noosa beaches and the ever popular Hastings Street. In the other direction only 5 mins drive to the historic town of Eumundi with its famous Eumundi Markets.
Doonan is an ever growing popular rural residential area. Very popular with ‘treechangers’ and has the added appeal of being so close to Noosa and surrounds.