Cooroy ,said to be The Heart of the Hinterland in the Noosa Region of the Sunshine Coast, was once a dairying district and one of the many manufacturers of butter located in Queensland. At one time this local manufacture was encouraged by the government and a system of equalization made it possible for the price to remain stable no matter where the butter was produced. This, however, was brought to an abrupt end ...
Stricter building requirements and hygiene controls were enforced which was said to be deliberate to cull the number of small dairy farms...Equalization was ceased. The end result was the demise of the butter industry and the rise of a much more centralized milk processing system.
So today we have many closed and defunct old butter factories but in the case of Cooroy restoration has seen the 'not to be missed' The Butter Factory Arts Centre.
You will enjoy exploring the complex and partaking of the excellent 'cuppa' available.
Please note the above story about the demise of the butter industry is from my own memory and not any historical record
Well you could easily walk but if summer is hot it is easy enough to move your car from place to place.
I was interested to see The Butter Factory Museum having had family involvement in the butter industry many years ago. I noticed quite a few fashion shops, cafes, and of course the usual small town offerings.
See the photo of Fire and Ice restaurant...looks impressive. Cooroy also has some sort of hospital offering ....well that is debatable.... it is not a State hospital....well they have a sign and there are buildings.... but it might be more likely to be nursing home beds! So if there is an emergency find a doctor or call an ambulance.
But the feature that took my eye (besides the round-a-bout clock) was a little church with an odd collection of painted stumps at the front....see photo. I looked closely and it seems the church is active....very pretty but the stumps have me stumped!
Noosa Shire Botanical Gartden is just outside Cooroy at Lake Macdonald.
On the lake, it's a beautifully maintained and very relaxing place to spend a couple of hours walking or enjoying a picnic.
A genuine French cafe, with excellent coffee, great snacks including genuine croissants, croque monseur, quiche, small cakes, salads and so on.
People drive here from Noosa, which gives an idea of the quality of their products.
A large and modern building with pub snacks available and a huge restaurant.
The restaurant has a big menu, with salads, seafood, pizzas, schnitzels, curry and char grills, of which the Wagyu beef is exceptionally good.
Family oriented, early diners will share the restaurant with families and small kids. It's open from 5.30 for dinner and, in the usual country way, closes early too - at 8.30.
It's a pub so the choice of beers, wines and other drinks is, of course, extensive.
After walking through town we came to the local hotel which looked very modern and wandered inside. We were impressed with what we saw, very nice decor with plenty of tables and chairs, we decided to try their daily specials for lunch. I ordered the Steak Sandwich AU$8, whilst Jill had the Vegetable Soup Au$6. Both meals were very good, well presented and very filling. If you are in the area I recommend you dine here.
The hotel also has a restaurant which has a full menu.
We spent a good half hour looking through this shop, even I was happy looking at the various locally made and imported items which covered the whole range of arts and crafts plus more. The premises are much larger than the shop frontage, the staff are good and do not constantly pressure you to buy.