Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park Sunshine Coast

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Attractions and facilities summary

Photo of the information shelter at the Searys Creek day-use area.
Searys Creek. Picnic in the bush at one of the smaller day-use areas in Cooloola.

Photo credit: Queensland Government

Summary of Cooloola visitor sites and facilities

This is a summary of key visitor sites in Cooloola. For more detailed information, please read about Cooloola.

For your reference:
Location Permits requiredFacilitiesAccess Walking tracks
Bymien picnic area* Vehicle access permits accessing the site from Teewah Beach only Toilets, picnic tables 2WD from Rainbow Beach Road,
4WD from Teewah Beach, walk
9, 10
Freshwater tent camping area
 
Freshwater trailer camping area
Vehicle and camping permits Toilets, showers ($1 for hot and cold water), phone, camping, water (untreated) 4WD , walk

15, 16

Cooloola Great Walk

Freshwater day-use area* Vehicle access permits Toilets, picnic tables, barbecues, water (untreated) 4WD , walk 15, 16 and Cooloola Great Walk
Freshwater camping service point Vehicle access permits Portable toilet waste disposal facility, outdoor showers (cold) 4WD , walk 15, 16 and Cooloola Great Walk
Freshwater Lake Vehicle access permits if driving to Freshwater camping area and day-use area, before walking. None Walk 15, 16 and Cooloola Great Walk
Double Island PointVehicle access permits Toilets on northern beach side 4WD , walk 13, 14 and Cooloola Great Walk
Teewah Beach (including camping area) Vehicle access permits, camping permits if camping Bins along the beach in the 15km designated camping area 4WD

14 and

Cooloola Great Walk

Poverty Point camping areaCamping permits Camping, QPWS fire rings 4WD None
Searys Creek None Toilets 2WD 8
Rainbow Beach QPWS Information Centre* None Information, over-the-counter permit sales, outdoor permit pack pick-up area for pre-booked sites, toilets 2WD 11
Cooloola Way None None 4WDCooloola Wilderness Trail
Freshwater RoadVehicle access permits from Bymien to Teewah Beach None 4WD (from Bymien) None
Kings Bore circuit (difficult drive with access off Rainbow Beach Road, includes 4 sections: Pettigrews Road, eastern firebreak, Kings Bore Road , western firebreak) Vehicle access permits None 4WD (one-way access to Teewah Beach) None
Cooloola Wilderness TrailCamping permits None Walk (47.9km) 3, 4, 5
Neebs waterhole camping areaCamping permits Camping Walk Cooloola Wilderness Trail
Wandi waterhole camping areaCamping permits Camping Walk Cooloola Wilderness Trail
Cooloola Great WalkCamping permits Camping, toilets, water tanks (full tanks not guaranteed) Walk (up to 102km) Cooloola Great Walk
Tewantin QPWS Information Centre* None Information, over-the-counter permit sales, outdoor permit pack pick-up area for pre-booked sites, toilets 2WD None
Elanda Point car park and canoe launch None Information 2WDCooloola Wilderness Trail
Mill Point None Information Walk 3
Teewah Landing Vehicle access permits only if driving up the beach to walk in from a beach access track Jetty Canoe, boat, walk 1 and Cooloola Great Walk
Kinaba Information Centre None Information, toilets, jetty and canoe access Walk, canoe, boat 2
Fig Tree Point camping and day-use area * Camping permits Toilets, picnic tables, camping, water (untreated), jetty, canoe landing Walk, canoe, boat 4 and Cooloola Wilderness Trail
Harrys Hut Road None None 4WD, walk 7, 8
Harrys camping and day-use area * Camping permits Toilets, picnic tables, camping, water (untreated), information, jetties, canoe landings 4WD , walk, canoe, boat Cooloola Wilderness Trail

Upper Noosa River

camp sites 1
camp sites 2
camp sites 3

Camping permits Toilets, camping, water (untreated) at campsites 1 and 2 only Walk, canoe, boat 9, 10 and Cooloola Great Walk

Upper Noosa River

camp sites 4
camp sites 5
camp sites 8
camp sites 9
camp sites 13
camp sites 15

Camping permits Camping Canoe, boat (electric motors only) None