Inland from Noosa are the old cottage towns of Cooroy, Eumundi (famous for its markets), Yandina, Cooran, Kin Kin with its rolling hills and old country pub, and Pomona, where every July man is pitted against Mt Cooroora for the annual King of the Mountain Festival.
Situated on Lake Cootharaba, Boreen Point is a pretty waterfront township popular for its lake views and as a stepping off point for all manner of boating and water sports. Visitors can hire sailing boats, windsurfers and canoes from the banks of the lake.
The town's Apollonian Hotel is known among locals in the Noosa area for its hearty food and country atmosphere, while the restaurant which overlooks the lake, The Jetty, has long attracted diners from far and wide for its cuisine and long, leisurely lunches.
Near the township of Pomona is Cooran, which is home to several art galleries and artists' workshops. It is also the home of a regular Acoustic Festival.
Fifteen minutes drive from Cooran, down a windy gravel road, is the Cooran Tablelands Lookout. It offers some of the best views of the entire Noosa district, as far north as Cooloola and south to the mouth of the Noosa River.
Cooroy is a traditional country town that has been gentrified with prize-winning streetscapes, community artwork, cafés and art galleries. Its Cooroy Butter Factory has been rebuilt by local artists as an arts and performance space.
Five minutes drive north of Cooroy are the beautiful botanic gardens and amphitheatre overlooking Lake Macdonald.
Eumundi is about 15 minutes drive from Noosa Heads and is best known for its weekly markets, which attracts crowds from far away eager to snare a bargain or buy some delicious locally made and grown produce.
On market days, each Wednesday and Saturday morning, the normally sleepy town comes alive with stalls and entertainment.
Nestled beside Yabba Creek, Imbil is the largest township in the Cooloola hinterland. Drive up to the Imbil Lookout for spectacular views of the area or use it as a launching pad for trips to Lake Borumba.
Imbil markets are held each Sunday from 9am to 2pm to coincide with the Mary Valley Rattler Train.
The charming hinterland township of Kenilworth is home to several thriving industries which specialise in local produce. In particular, its Cheese Factory sells a wide variety of locally made cheeses.
The historic village of Kin Kin was settled in the 1890s when timber cutters arrived to harvest the enormous eucalypts and cedars from the surrounding bushland.
This tiny town, which got its name from the Aboriginal word for 'black ants', consists of only the Kin Kin Country Life Hotel, a post office and a small local store, but the popular swells each year for the Great Kin Kin Horse Race.
Situated north of the town of Cooroy, Pomona sits at the foot of Mount Cooroora, the home of the annual King of the Mountain challenge. Each year men and women must race to the top and back in under 30 minutes to claim the title of king or queen of the mountain.
Pomona was the original home of the Noosa Shire Council when it was founded in 1910. The town's heritage is well-preserved in the collection of memorabilia at the Noosa Shire Museum. Another of its attractions is the Majestic Theatre, one of the few silent movie theatres left in Australia.
Just half an hour from Noosa Heads is the town of Yandina, known as the 'ginger capital' of south-east Queensland.
Its Ginger Factory is a popular attraction offering rides, entertainment and produce made from the local ginger industry.