Tewantin is a lovely sleepy suburb beside Noosaville and well worth a visit if you're new to the area. If you're looking for maps and information pop into the Noosa Tourist Information Centre located in Tewantin. It's nestled at the top of Poinciana Avenue beside the Royal Mail Hotel.
The Tourist Centre, Parkyn Hut, has an interesting history of its own. Originally built as a miners' hut in Gympie it was moved to Tewantin by the Parkyn family back in 1938. It was built with an iron roof and skillion, with heavy hardwood walls that were oiled rather than painted, as was customary in those days. After 60 years of ownership the Parkyn family donated the hut to the Tewantin Heritage and Historical Society and in 2001 it was renovated and moved to its current location.
Parkyn Hut is open from 9am – 5pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 1.30 Sunday, and run by volunteers. They stock a large range of brochures and maps and inside the building the walls are lined with original photos of Tewantin and our indigenous Australians. The volunteers are a wealth of information and eager to engage in a lively chat.
If you're travelling with small children, about 5 minutes drive away, there's a great little playground complete with a boardwalk through a rain forest at the back of Flame-tree Street called Douglas Park. You can also access it from the opposite side, in Butler Street, Tewantin. Not many people know about this little gem hidden away in the back streets of Tewantin and it's well worth a look.