While the Sunshine Coast population explosion might have bridged the gap which once divided it from the resort capital of Noosa Heads, Tewantin still manages to retain its individuality.
Tewantin began as a frontier port where ships called to load the logs floated down the Noosa River from the rich cedar timber stands round the shores of Lake Cootharaba, the largest lake in the Noosa River system, a few kilometres to the north. Fittingly, it took its name from the Aboriginal word for 'place of dead logs.'
The town was also an important staging post in the rush to the Gympie gold fields. Today's Tewantin on the shores of the Noosa River and Lake Donella it is not only a vital link in the Sunshine Coast tourist trail but the commercial centre for regional pineapple, sugar, beef and timber producers. It is good fishing country and Tewantin and Noosaville are both jumping off points for tours of the Cooloola lakes and the coloured sands at Teewah at the southern gateway to the Cooloola National Park.
Boreen Point, on the western shore of Cootharaba - largest lake in the Noosa River system - hosts a memorial cairn to shipwreck victim Eliza Fraser who was held captive by local Aborigines for several months.