Last weekend we paid another visit to Pomona, a peaceful hinterland town on the Sunshine Coast.
With family up there, we are regular visitors, and it's one of our favourite places to go for a weekend break with our boys and the dog. It usually takes us 90 minutes from the Brisbane CBD to Pomona, barring any traffic problems. On a slow trip, you're probably looking at two hours or a little longer.
Pomona isn't super-flashy but it has a surprising number of lovely things to do if you're looking for low-key, relaxing activities, or to get some exercise in a range of beautiful natural settings.
There's a sprawling park in the middle of town, where dogs can run and children can cycle and kick balls without the constraints you find in city parks. Yes -- our dog can be let off her leash. Yes -- our children can cycle out of sight and we don't panic.
There's a nice little tea room (the Two Old Ladies Tea Shop) and a showgrounds where you can hire a squash court or just watch the kangaroos come in to graze in the late afternoon.
Pomona is also home to the Majestic Theatre, a vintage theatre that screens silent and other movies. We've taken our kids there to watch a Buster Keaton comedy and they loved the experience. It wasn't cheap, but it was certainly unique. Check the Majestic's website ahead of time if you'd like to go to a screening.
There's a nice little antique shop, an art gallery housed in the old railway building, a good op shop (under the Memorial Hall), and markets on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Not bad for a sleepy little town.
And, if you're interested in learning more about the history of the town, and the Noosa Shire in general, you can also drop in to the Noosa Museum. The museum building was originally home to the local council many years ago, when the hinterland was the economic powerhouse of the region, rather than the coast. Its collection of photos and artefects gives a different perspective on the area.
If you want something more strenuous, you can also climb Mount Cooroora, a 10-minute drive from the centre of town (and a very steep walk to the top).
If you're looking for accommodation, I'm not sure what Pomona itself has, but Boreen Point (20 minutes away) has heaps of rental properties close to the beautiful Lake Cootharaba and the Cooloola section of Great Sandy National Park. Look on-line for more info. If you want to camp or canoe, I recommend checking out Elanda Point Camping Ground.
Or you can just visit Pomona for the day and still be home for dinner with time to spare.