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Upper Noosa River camping area 5
Escape everyday life and immerse yourself in nature in this remote and peaceful camp site on the upper Noosa River.
- Canoe or kayak
- Tent camping
- Short walk to tent
- Canoeing and kayaking
Paddle your canoe or kayak a little way upstream from camp site 4, around a sharp bend, to this spot on the river’s eastern bank, in the Upper Noosa River waterway. Clamber up the steep boronia-clad river bank to a clearing, and set up your tent in the shade of pink bloodwoods, brush box, coast banksia, wallum banksia and Moreton Bay ash.
Spend a quiet weekend or just stay for the night—there are no motorised boats to disturb the serenity. Enjoy the sunset from the water’s edge and watch for wildlife. At night, listen for ‘acid frogs’ calling from the river reeds and surrounding wetlands.
Getting there and getting around
Upper Noosa River camp site 5 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, 16.7km north of the Kinaba Visitor Information Centre.
- Canoeists and boaties (with electric motors) can access the camp site via Kinaba from Boreen Point and Elanda Point on Lake Cootharaba.
- 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 from Kinaba to Harrys camping area, then a further 1hr 40mins to camp site 5.
- Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
- You can take your motor boat on the Upper Noosa River waterwayas far as camp site 3; to proceed to camp site 5 you need a boat with an electric motor.
- 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 1.5hrs at 6 knots (and no wash) to travel to camp site 3. From here it is about another 20mins travel time to camp site 5.
- 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.
Before you visit
Upper Noosa River camp site 5 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.
- Cooloola Great Walk and Cooloola Wilderness Trail temporary closure 7 December 2020 to 28 February 2021
- High risk rock falls areas along Teewah Beach closed to camping 23 November 2020 to 30 June 2021
- 24hr number plate cameras are now operating in Cooloola Recreation Area 15 December 2020 to 28 February 2021
- Total Fire Prohibition 7 December 2020 to 28 February 2021
- Camping changes to Teewah Beach camping area in 2021 4 December 2020 to 28 February 2021