Cooloola Great Walk Day 5 Reuben Nutt

Why you need to do the Cooloola Great Walk, ASAP

5 days, 4 nights, 88km taking in coastal tracks, rainforest, everglades and high dunes. Got your attention yet? Meet the Cooloola Great Walk.

Let’s make like a first date and get to know the ins and outs of this beauty and the reasons to check it out.


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The features of the Cooloola Great Walk are more than skin-deep, it has the whole package: heart, soul and brains too.

Immerse yourself in nature for five days as you hike this remote 102 kilometre trail through Cooloola’s rainforest, coastal woodland and heath-clad plains. Linking Noosa North Shore with Rainbow Beach, the Great Walk will take you over the eastern high dunes of the Cooloola sandmass, between the pristine upper Noosa River and the coast.

Climb over vast sandblows, discover perched lakes and long sandy beaches and be rewarded with sweeping views of the Cooloola coastline. Along the way, glimpse snakes, skinks, lizards, emus and echidnas, and admire the views from many natural lookouts. Relax at night in the four walkers’ camps—Brahminy, Dutgee, Litoria and Kauri—where it’s only you and the wildlife. Camping permits are required in advance.


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The Cooloola Great Walk is nestled between Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach and you’ll be forgiven for needing to open up a Google Map to check it out.

  • From Noosa: Elanda Point is a 35-minute drive north via McKinnon Drive
  • From Brisbane: Elanda Point is a two-hour drive via the Bruce Highway
  • From Rainbow Beach: Elanda Point is a one hour and 20-minute drive via Rainbow Beach Drive

You don’t need a 4WD for a day-trip to the Cooloola Sandpatch as you can get to the Cooloola Recreation Area car park at Elanda Point on Lake Cootharaba pretty easily. You can access the kayak launch and a number of walking trails from here.

You’ll need a 4WD (or some strong paddling arms) if you want to go any further, up to Harry’s Hut for example. You’ll also need to be fully self-sufficient if you’re planning on camping and spending a few days in this area as it’s definitely off the beaten track.


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Become a full-fledged adventurer without organising a thing on a guided tour with Tropical Treks.

Immerse yourself in the best Mother Nature has to offer on the 88km 5-day, 4-night guided trek through the Great Sandy National Park. Along the way learn about the heritage and culture of the local Gubbi Gubbi people and spot native animals before being rewarded with sweeping views of the Cooloola coastline.

The fully-guided tours are all-inclusive (including camping equipment) starting at $1095pp.


If you still need convincing, you will also say hello to a breathtaking natural beauty that few locals know about. And by beauty, we mean, protected by national park, part of a significant biosphere and neighbour to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Sounds pretty epic, right?

If you’ve already ticked Cooloola off the list, then check out the other Great Walks in Queensland.

Have you done the Cooloola Great Walk yet?