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Published July 3rd 2014
Walks or views? You can take your pick here
Just outside Tewantin and ten kilometres inland from Noosa, this state forest has two day-use areas that are worth a look for very different reasons. If you want views, there's the Mount Tinbeerwah area (the sights are pretty good). Or, if you're up for a walk or a ride, head to the Wooroi area. Both places have parking, tables and water available.
If you're up for a scenic view of Noosa Shire, head to Mount Tinbeerwah day-use area
On my visit I went to the Mount Tinberwah area, north of Noosa-Cooroy Road, the road that runs through the middle of the park (this place is where the Scenic Lookout signs along that road direct you). Mount Tewantin is of course the main feature here, one of the volcanic plugs that fill the Glasshouse Mountains area.
Mount Tinbeerwah is one of the volcanic plugs in the area. Others like Mount Cooroora are visible from the top
You can get to the top of this mountain after a very manageable walk from the car park and picnic area (you've driven most of the way up the mountain). The path, which is often just like a footpath, takes you to a fire tower where there are some amazing 360 degree views. The first 130 metres of the walk is wheelchair and stroller accessible in case you don't want to walk the whole way, and leads to a spot where you get some pretty good views anyway.
The end of the wheelchair accessible area is pretty scenic itself
Right next to this walk there is a vertical cliff that can be used for abseiling and rock climbing, provided you have a lot of experience. Fences have been erected at its edge to keep the average person away, but because there's a cliff instead of trees below, there's some good views over the fence walk too.
The views are pretty incredible from the top of the mountain
The walk at Mount Tinbeerwah day area is to the top of Mount Tinbeerwah
On the other side of Noosa-Cooroy Road there's the Wooroi day-use area, where you can access a maze of walking trails. A map of these can be found here. Bike riding and horse riding can can be begun here.
Camping is one thing that is not permitted in Tewantin State Forest, so your visit is limited to a day trip. If you want an overnight stay in the bush, you should check out Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, Conondale National Park, Imbil State Forest, Jimna State Forest or Bribie Island Recreation Area.