New names for Noosa Trails
  • Wednesday 10 June 2009

Fifty-eight innovative names were submitted from people all over the east coast of Australia for the ‘Name a Noosa Trail’ competition.

The Noosa Trail Network is being extended; two new tracks will come online later this year and council recently held a competition to get a creative name for each track.

Division 12 Councillor Lew Brennan said there were some interesting submissions received from the community.

“The names reflected the Aboriginal heritage, historical figures, geographical location and the flora and fauna of the area,” Cr Brennan said.

“The new name for the Pomona to Cooroy track is ‘Mac’n’Back’, thought up by Brendan O’Brien from Tewantin.

The Mac’n’Back trail will run from the Noosa Showgrounds at Pomona under the railway across Yurol Forest Drive to the picturesque Lake Macdonald.

“This name was selected because of the reference to Lake MacDonald and the continuous loop created by the new trail—from the lake up to Cooran, down to Pomona and back up to the lake again,” Cr Brennan said.

“Chris Roberts, from Victoria, supplied the winning name for the Pomona to Cooroy trail of ‘Cooroy Wanderer’.

“The Cooroy Wanderer flows from the Noosa Showgrounds at Pomona through Yurol State Forest to Cooroy.

“The judges chose this name because the trail is the only one from Cooroy—so it’s fitting to include the town in the name.

“They also felt that the word ‘wanderer’ implied that it was a leisurely trail; and out of all the tracks, this trail is the least difficult—it’s an easy track to walk, cycle and ride,” Cr Brennan said.

Mr O’Brien wins two nights accommodation at the Kin Kin Haven Bed and Breakfast in Kin Kin.

Mr Roberts wins two nights accommodation at the Inn the Foothills Bed and Breakfast in Pomona.

Both prizes have been generously donated by each bed and breakfast.

The Noosa Trail Network is a series of bushland tracks and trails linking Pomona, Kin Kin, Cooran and Lake Macdonald with a circuit around Cudgerie estate. The Noosa Trail Network enables mountain bike riders, horse riders and bush walkers to enjoy the spectacular Noosa hinterland on trails that are well signposted, with picnic shelters, water tanks, interpretative signs and scenic lookouts.