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Upper Noosa River camping area 3
Spend a night camped amongst banksias and scribbly gums in this large popular camp site on the Upper Noosa River.
- Canoe or kayak
- Toilets (non-flush)
- Picnic tables
- Mooring points
- Tent camping
- Short walk to tent
- Canoeing and kayaking
From camp site 2, paddle 2.5km upstream to this partly-shaded camp site on the Upper Noosa River waterway. Catering for large groups and boasting 2 jetties, this spot is popular with boating day trippers.
Set out in the early morning on the Cooloola Sandpatch walk to see the iconic sandblow, or stop a short way along the track to explore ‘Noosa Plain’, a cleared emergency helipad on the edge of the vast heathland. Noosa Plain comes to life from late winter to spring in a colourful display of yellow, purple, blue and white flowers. Alternatively, explore south along the river on the Camp site 3 walk towards Harrys Hut.
Getting there and getting around
Upper Noosa River camp site 3 is in Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach (155–240km north of Brisbane).
- The camp site is in the southern section of Cooloola, in the Upper Noosa River waterway, 14.7km north from Kinaba Visitor Information Centre.
- Canoeists and boaties can access the camp site via Kinaba from Boreen Point and Elanda Point on Lake Cootharaba.
- Walkers can also access the camping area from Harrys day-use area on the Camp site 3 walk.
- Launch your canoe at Elanda Point and paddle 4.5km (1hr) to the Kinaba Visitor Information Centre.
- Stay close to the shore line while paddling northwards. Plan to cross Lake Cootharaba early in the morning when conditions are likely to be calm and easy to travel.
- From Kinaba, paddle 1hr 20mins to Harrys camping area then a further 1hr 20mins to camp site 3.
- Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
- Launch your boat from the Boreen Point boat ramp and follow the lake navigation markers out into deeper water and then head on a north-east trajectory towards the visible Cooloola Sandpatch in the distant landscape.
- When you approach a red navigational marker in the middle of the lake (opposite Elanda Point), turn on a near northerly trajectory to the channel markers through very shallow shoals to the Kinaba Visitor Information Centre. The trip is 7km and 15mins travel time.
- From Kinaba allow 1hr 30mins at 6 knots (and no wash) to travel to camp site 3.
- Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
Getting to Boreen Point and Elanda Point
- From Brisbane drive 135km north on the Bruce Highway or the Sunshine Motorway to Tewantin; or from Gympie drive 58km south and east on the Bruce Highway to Tewantin.
- From Tewantin drive 19km west and north via McKinnon Drive and Louis Bazzo Drive to Boreen Point. Turn left onto Lake Flat Road and drive 2km to the Elanda Point access road.
From Harrys Hut
- From Harrys day-use area, paddle across the river to the opposite bank to the start of the Camp site 3 walk.
- Walk 7km to camp site 3.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
Getting to Harrys Hut
- From Brisbane, drive 135km north on the Bruce Highway or the Sunshine Motorway to Tewantin. Follow McKinnon Drive, Louis Bazzo Drive and Junction Road for about 18km north-west to Cootharaba Road. Turn right and travel about 10km along Cootharaba, Kimmond Creek and Dr Pages roads to the Gympie Kin Kin Road. Turn right and drive 6km, then turn right onto Cooloola Way.
- From Gympie, drive 10km east on Tin Can Bay Road, turn right onto to the Gympie Kin Kin Road and drive about 31km, then turn left onto Cooloola Way.
- Drive 4km then turn right onto Harrys Hut Road 4WD track and drive 10km on this very rough sand track to Harrys day-use area. You need a 4WD for this route.
- Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
Before you visit
Upper Noosa River camp site 3 is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- Bribie Island and Cooloola recreation areas - vehicle access permits 1 June to 31 December 2020
- Attention Day Visitors 26 August to 1 December 2020
- Cooloola Wilderness Trail partially open 10 June 2020 to 15 July 2021
- Dislodged Rocks at Teewah Beach Camping Area 10 June 2020 to 31 May 2021
- Red Canyon closed 4 June to 30 October 2020