Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park Sunshine Coast

Four-wheel drive past towering coastal sand cliffs and coloured sands in the paradise of Cooloola Recreation Area. Photo credit: © Tomek Z Genek

Attractions and facilities summary

Searys Creek. Picnic in the bush at one of the smaller day-use areas in Cooloola. Photo: Queensland Government

Searys Creek. Picnic in the bush at one of the smaller day-use areas in Cooloola. Photo: 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:
LocationPermits requiredFacilitiesAccessWalking tracks
Bymien picnic area*Vehicle access permits accessing the site from Teewah Beach onlyToilets, 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 permitsToilets, showers ($1 for hot and cold water), phone, camping, water (untreated)4WD, walk

15, 16

Cooloola Great Walk

Freshwater day-use area*Vehicle access permitsToilets, picnic tables, barbecues, water (untreated)4WD, walk15, 16 and Cooloola Great Walk
Freshwater camping service pointVehicle access permitsPortable toilet waste disposal facility, outdoor showers (cold)4WD, walk15, 16 and Cooloola Great Walk
Freshwater LakeVehicle access permits if driving to Freshwater camping area and day-use area, before walking.NoneWalk15, 16 and Cooloola Great Walk
Double Island PointVehicle access permitsToilets on northern beach side4WD, walk13, 14 and Cooloola Great Walk
Teewah Beach (including camping area)Vehicle access permits, camping permits if campingBins along the beach in the 15 km designated camping area4WD

14 and

Cooloola Great Walk

Poverty Point camping areaCamping permitsCamping, QPWS fire rings4WDNone
Searys CreekNoneToilets2WD8
Rainbow Beach QPWS Information Centre*NoneInformation, over-the-counter permit sales, outdoor permit pack pick-up area for pre-booked sites, toilets2WD11
Cooloola WayNoneNone4WDCooloola Wilderness Trail
Freshwater RoadVehicle access permits from Bymien to Teewah BeachNone4WD (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 permitsNone4WD (one-way access to Teewah Beach)None
Cooloola Wilderness TrailCamping permitsNoneWalk (47.9km)3, 4, 5
Neebs waterhole camping areaCamping permitsCampingWalkCooloola Wilderness Trail
Wandi waterhole camping areaCamping permitsCampingWalkCooloola Wilderness Trail
Cooloola Great WalkCamping permitsCamping, toilets, water tanks (full tanks not guaranteed)Walk (up to 102km)Cooloola Great Walk
Tewantin QPWS Information Centre*NoneInformation, over-the-counter permit sales, outdoor permit pack pick-up area for pre-booked sites, toilets2WDNone
Elanda Point car park and canoe launchNoneInformation2WDCooloola Wilderness Trail
Mill PointNoneInformationWalk3
Teewah LandingVehicle access permits only if driving up the beach to walk in from a beach access trackJettyCanoe, boat, walk1 and Cooloola Great Walk
Kinaba Information CentreNoneInformation, toilets, jetty and canoe accessWalk, canoe, boat2
Fig Tree Point camping and day-use area *Camping permitsToilets, picnic tables, camping, water (untreated), jetty, canoe landingWalk, canoe, boat4 and Cooloola Wilderness Trail
Harrys Hut RoadNoneNone4WD, walk7, 8
Harrys camping and day-use area *Camping permitsToilets, picnic tables, camping, water (untreated), information, jetties, canoe landings4WD, walk, canoe, boatCooloola Wilderness Trail

Upper Noosa River

camp sites 1
camp sites 2
camp sites 3

Camping permitsToilets, camping, water (untreated) at campsites 1 and 2 onlyWalk, canoe, boat9, 10 and Cooloola Great Walk
 Upper Noosa River 
  
Camping permitsCampingCanoe, boat (electric motors only)None