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Pomona

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published May 13th 2015
Pomona is a small town (population <3000) located at the base of Mount Cooroora, which is one of the Glass House Mountains on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. To use a more well-known reference, it's directly inland from Noosa.

The mountain dominates the view when you drive into Pomona, and is one of the main reasons to visit the town; there is a very challenging walk to the top that gives anyone who completes it great bragging rights. It's so challenging, in fact, that a race to the top is held every July, called King of the Mountain, with an accompanying festival.

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Climbing Mount Cooroora is worth the effort


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Mount Cooroora as you drive into Pomona


The rest of Pomona isn't very touristy but there is still plenty to do on a weekend trip. Shops include the Hollyhock Cottage or Rockin Relics Antiques Barn, while markets are held at Stan Topper Park on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

The Majestic Theatre offers both live music and performances, as well as silent films, while the Noosa Shire Museum is full of photos of the past. Cafes and coffees shops mean you don't have to cook, but there is an IGA if you do want groceries.

If you have time to venture out of the town, more than one route on the Noosa Trail Network starts in Pomona and will take you through the surrounding national parks and state forests. If you're coming from Noosa, which is just over half an hour away, attractions to stop at between the two towns include Lake Macdonald and Tewantin State Forest.

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Views on offer in Tewantin State Forest reminds you how beautiful the Glass House Mountains are, without the need for a long trek (this one is mainly accessible via a drive). I'm pretty sure Mount Cooroora is on the right of this image


If you're coming to Pomona from Brisbane, expect a 90 minute drive from the CBD.
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Why? For a challenge or a chance to unwind
When: Any time, but particularly for the King of the Mountain event
Where: 30 minutes west of Noosa or 90 minutes north of Brisbane, on the Sunshine Coast
Cost: Varies
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