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Visit Cooloola Recreation Area- a walking, camping & fishing paradise

Encompassing 18,400 hectares, the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park boasts breathtaking scenic landscapes and tranquil waterways.

Cooloola offers something for all visitors.

Experience the majesty of nature’s sculpture in sand.

Massive dunes, towering cliffs of coloured sands and wide ocean beaches, etched by wind and water.

Tall forests, fragrant wildflower heaths and paperbark swamps decorate the sands.

Water features abound, including surf, freshwater lakes and the undisturbed upper Noosa River.


If you are feeling adventurous or energetic, theres is so much on offer.


This is one of the most popular activities on Cooloola because of the numerous excellent walks in the area.

Prepare your walking shoes because you’ll be in for a treat.

Several walks start from the Elanda Point, and four at the Harrys Hut camping ground.

According to Explore Australia, “Boronia walking track (1.8 km, 1 hour) along Kin Kin Creek reveals the life of cedar cutters who worked in this area from the 1860s to the 1890s. Poona Lake Walk (4.2 km return) leaves from Bymien picnic area and leads through melaleuca woodlands, scribbly gum forests and pockets of rainforest.”

Long distance walkers are also sure to enjoy the 2-4 day Cooloola Great Walk that’s up to 102 kilometres, complete with walkers’ camps.


For keen anglers, Cooloola also offers a great spot for fishing. 

Explore Australia says, “At Cooloola, the Teewah Beach fishing includes catches of whiting, bream and Flathead, while inland river fishing is also popular.”

Don’t worry about obtaining a fishing licence since none is required; however, there is established size and bag limits for fishing in the tidal waters that visitors need to comply with.

Popular fishing sites include the Kin Kin Creek and Noosa River


Should you wish to experience and explore the Cooloola National Park for a longer period of time, then you can do so by setting up camp at one of its 15 camping sites.

You will be spoilt for choice with a variety of unforgettable camping areas that are well-appointed with facilities plus ‘back to nature’ walkers’ camps with birdsong and sea breezes thrown in for free.

Visit the helpful information centres at Tewantin and Rainbow Beach for more information.

Take note, though, that the only camping area which provides safe fresh water is the Freshwater Camping Area adjacent to Teewah, according to Yahoo! Travel.

Canoeing & Paddling

Canoeing along the undisturbed Noosa river is one of the finest ways to experience nature at its most tranquil.

Boats or canoes can be hired at Tin Can Bay, Boreen Point or at the Harrys Hut camping area.

Make sure not to miss the peaceful everglades and the breathtaking reflections of the surroundings on the river’s clear, pristine waters.

4WD Adventures

You will need a four wheel drive vehicle with high clearance to enjoy driving the sand tracks or the beach at low tide.

As featured on Yahoo! Travel, there are plenty of established tourist drives you can enjoy at Cooloola.

You can take the “Cooloola Way, a 32 km dirt road that connects the Rainbow Beach Road Kin Kin-Wolvi road, or drive through the banksia and taller forests with views over Cooloola sandmass.”

Other tracks include the Freshwater Road and Kings Bore Track.

Before departing, though, it’s essential to be aware of the road conditions and directions by speaking with the area rangers.

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Published in Friday, February 1st, 2019, at 5:51 am, and filed under Gympie Region, Places to Visit.

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