From Brisbane, Australia, I mainly write for WeekendNotes, and at present, I enjoy challenging myself to add reviews on many diverse topics to this vast library of articles.
Published February 24th 2021
On the right track
In Cooroy, just off the Bruce Highway or to the direct west of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, is an important train station on the north coast line. Cooroy station is heritage listed and has some outstanding history. It's also a gateway to a town that is rural, prosperous, charming and pleasantly surprising. It offers the chance for a Hinterland day trip. The history of the station is outlined here. As the station is historical and quite simple, the complicated aspect is Cooroy itself, and I think after spending a few hours there today, I can blend the railway station review with the purposes of the railway station, and the focal purpose is to explore and enjoy this Hinterland town.
Cooroy is actually a hidden gem because, as seen in my pictures, walking over the overpass leads to the business centre of the town, and it's got to be one of the most underrated places ever or at least on the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast is extremely good value, even nowadays they have the things required, the building blocks, of what is needed to make a desirable place to live, so I'm happy to occasionally catch a train up and highlight these things for anyone lucky enough to find out about this still underrated area.
Cooroy business area is a few streets, a library, a few parks and on those streets is slow traffic and what seems like lots of op-shops and quite a few cafes. When you see it all accumulated or presented in a few streets, it's a bit impressive and I was totally fooled when I saw Cooroy on my train trip because you can't see the business area from the train line. In other words, what I assumed about the place was an uninformed opinion and then when I explored further, my opinion became better, hence I actually see that as room for improvement, it's poor advertising in that sense, especially as the rail station has a lot of customers passing through on long-distance journeys such as the Tilt Train.
I have indeed found some other WeekendNotes articles to give some ideas on how to spend a day or a few days there. It's pretty good. I was happy to review the railway station, which is safe. The trains are on time yet the connecting buses are a factor though. I'm pretty certain you have to go to Nambour for connecting bus, or get one early and have a meal or shop or read in Cooroy. It's got a super library with heaps and heaps of books. At least it has all that, so you don't have to sit around at bus stops or the railway station, and it's all within walking distance.
Incidentally, it's a good place to base a Noosa holiday as Cooroy Luxury Motel Apartments has five out of five for Tripadvisor rating and was a lean $136 dollars a night for early March on Booking.com. Being 15 minutes drive from Noosaville and with the connecting bus nearby, you would have the best of both worlds in that situation. From my perspective, what put me off about Cooroy is it looked like a boring place from the train station, and I had to have the sense to explore the other side of town, which then turned out to be surprisingly impressive.
Links and descriptions about Cooroy below:
Bus route 631 goes from Noosa to Nambour via Noosa Heads, Cooroy and Eumundi.
WeekendNotes article about two Cooroy cafes. Mentions a pleasant surprise along similar lines to how I write about Cooroy's pleasant surprises.
Excellent article of a general perspective of Cooroy by Susan J Bowes, a WeekendNotes writer. Covers the surrounding places as well as the central Cooroy.
This article, by WeekendNotes writer Elaine, is the ultimate Cooroy day trip summary.
I have, however, found my niche in the railway station and based on my walk, feel a lot more can be reviewed. Some of those op-shops looked really quirky, and everything from a supermarket to library was different yet really, really good quality. Overall, for a small train fare, Cooroy Railway Station can be your gateway to the many experiences of Cooroy and its surrounds. Do take a spare moment to read the station's rich history incorporating the many personalities of this agricultural town's growth in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Cooroy Railway Station is in this article's photos, all taken by author 24-02-2021.