Cooloola Great walk

A five-day hiking trail, Cooloola Great Walk showcases the very best of the Cooloola Recreation Area’s outstanding natural attractions. Up to 102 km long, this extensive walking track system winds through rainforest, tall eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains.

The Cooloola Recreation Area through which it passes lies between the coastal towns of Tewantin, near Noosa, and Rainbow Beach just south of Fraser Island. Tewantin is approximately 155 km—about 2 hours drive—north of Brisbane. Rainbow Beach is 240 km—about 3 hours drive—north of Brisbane. The Cooloola Great Walk showcases the very best of the recreation area’s outstanding natural attractions. The Cooloola sandmass is one of the largest coastal sand deposits along the Queensland coastline, spanning more than 42 km south of Rainbow Beach, about 10 km inland and rising over 200 m above sea level

The Cooloola Great Walk showcases the very best of the Cooloola Recreation Area’s outstanding natural attractions. From giant sand hills to hidden rainforests, you’ll be surrounded by nature’s chorus both day and night, captivated by a mass of spring wildflowers and stunned by mirror-image surface reflections on the dark waters of the upper Noosa River.

The walk links the Noosa North Shore to Rainbow Beach via the eastern high dunes known as the Cooloola sandmass—one of the largest accumulations of wind-blown sand found along the Queensland coast. Built up during the last 500,000 years, it conserves unique dune, lake and vegetation systems. To the west lies the upper Noosa River—one of the unspoiled river systems in Queensland. This 61,750 hectare section of the Great Sandy National Park is one of the best conserved landscapes of its kind in eastern Australia.


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The extensive walking track system winds for up to 102 km through rainforest, tall eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains. You’ll walk over vast sandblows, past perched lakes, along sandy beaches and see views of the long sweeping landscapes of the Cooloola coastline and the Noosa River lakes. Four walkers’ camps offer tranquil camping experiences, some with stunning views and vantage points from which to take in magnificent sunsets. Designed to hold you captivated for five days, the Cooloola Great Walk is a chance to get away from it all and swap the working week for a walking week.

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