Kin Kin is a small town of 550 people nestled in the Noosa Hinterland. The name comes from the Aboriginal kauin kauin meaning red soil, although other sources suggests it is the indigenous name for a species of small black ants that inhabit the area.
The town was founded in the late 1800s on the back of the booming timber industry, which sought the eucalypts and cedars found in surrounding forests. The quality of Kin Kin timber was famous throughout Australia. Later, dairy farming flourished in the area. Until the mid 1970’s Kin Kin was predominantly a smallcrop and dairy farming community.
Today it is a retreat for artists, foodies, and local farmers and is home to one of Australia’s premier health retreats as well as a residential massage school.
Less than 1% of the original rainforest in the Kin Kin Scrub still remains. More than 20 private landholders organised to save this shrinking sub-tropical rainforest through the Kin Kin Rainforest Project.
The rural amenity and beauty of this area is under threat from the development of a massive quarry by a major contributor to the Liberal National Party. Find out more information here.
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