Cooloola National Park is also known as the Great Sandy National Park, made up of glorious beaches, sparkling lakes, beautiful wildflowers and the pretty Noosa River.
You can drive through the National Park along the Cooloola Way from Tewantin to Rainbow Beach. Another way to see the park is along the Cooloola Wilderness Trail which leaves from Boreen Point, and continues for 46km. If you decide to drive to Rainbow Beach you will pass the beautiful Teewah Coloured Sands, as well as the wrecked Cherry Venture.
There are a number of boat tours throughout the park, many leaving from Noosa. If you would prefer to explore the area on your own, then you can hire boats from Tewantin and take them through the National Park.
There are plenty of camping grounds within the National Park, including Fig Tree Point, Freshwater, Gagaju, and Harry's Hut. The Cooloola National Park Ranger can be contacted on one of the following telephone numbers Ph: (07) 5485 3245 or Ph: (07) 5449 7792.
The park protects the largest intact sand dune system in the world, and also includes rainforest, open forest and heathlands. Significant features of the park are the coloured sandcliffs, extensive beaches, forests and peaceful lakes.
Visitors can enjoy bushwalking, scenic drives, beach fishing, lake and surf swimming. Many tracks within the park are 4WD only - day tours and safaris are available.
Coastal park in Noosa River headwaters. Wallum heath, rainforest, freshwater lakes, sand blows, coloured sand Cliffs, rich bird life. Wilderness trail. Self-guiding trail along mangrove boardwalk. Private campground at Elanda Point. Four-wheel-drive and boat access mainly. Freshwater camping area, Harry's camping area Firewood supplied, Fig Tree Point camping area firewood supplied, Noosa River campsite 3 Limited campsites. Boil water. Boat, swim access only. Upper Noosa River, Limited campsites. Boil water. Boat access only. Cooloola Wilderness Trail Limited campsites. Boil water. Beach camping. Poverty Point camping area.
The park protects the largest intact sand dune system in the world. Cooloola National Park provides many day and extended walks opportunities. The Noosa river is also a great river to canoe up and many people do. Spring is the best time to walk, the wildflowers are spectacular.
The old foot bridge that was washed away over Kin Kin Creek has now been replaced further upstream and the track here upgraded.
Harrys Hut provides a good base to explore this area. Some walks may require the crossing of the Noosa River so it is good to either have a lilo or some other means to cross it.
From the campground, cross the Noosa River and pick up the track on the east bank. This pad follows the Noosa River upstream to campsite 3, a large bush campsite with a toilet provided. Water may be picked up along the track just prior to the camp. It is nice to have a swim here after a long hot walk. It is about a 1.5 hour easy walk from Harrys.
It is a long day walk to walk to the Sandpatch and back in a day from Harrys. People mostly camp at campsite 3 and walk to it as a day walk. The track is well marked and starts by following an old forestry road that heads north towards Rainbow Beach. After 15 minutes a pad leads off to the right and heads to the top of the sand blow. It is an interesting walk down to the beach along the sand blow. Near the beach the pad enters a valley. Finding the start of the pad up to the Sandpatch from the beach is rather hard if you haven't done it previously.
The point could also be done as an easy extended walk. It is best to follow the old forestry road, 1km back along the road from Harrys, to the Point. There is no water. The walk would be about a 18km walk return to Harrys hut.
An easy day walk of about 9kms to the campsite. This walk could be used as an introduction to extended walks. The track follows the Wilderness Trail and there is no navigational problems. Information and booking
The park protects the largest intact sand dune system in the world, and also includes