Double Island Point walk
Hike along high coastal dunes then cool off in the lagoon at Double Island Point before enjoying breathtaking views from the lighthouse.
- Journey type
- 30km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 11hrs walking time.
- Grade 4 walking track
- Conventional vehicle
- Lookout (natural)
- Picnic tables
- Toilets (non-flush)
Set out early to explore Cooloola’s scenic coast on this long day hike from Rainbow Beach to Double Island Point. Follow the old lighthouse telegraph line along the high coastal dunes—you’ll see old telegraph posts still standing among the tall blackbutt trees.
When you reach the beach, splash in the calm lagoon at the base of Double Island Point headland and watch surfers at the base of the headland catching long, rolling waves. Then climb the steep track to the lighthouse and enjoy lunch while gazing at sweeping views over the ocean and coast to the north and south. Fully refreshed, you’ll be ready for the return journey.
Refer to the Cooloola and Inskip recreation areas discovery guide for a map and more details.
Getting there and getting around
Double Island Point walk is in Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach (155–240km north of Brisbane).
- Double Island Point walk is in the northern part of Cooloola and extends along the high dunes from Rainbow Beach to Double Island point.
- This long walk starts from the QPWS Information Centre on the right hand side of Rainbow Beach Road as you enter Rainbow Beach township.
- The walk starts from the far corner of the Information Centre car park.
- Rainbow Beach is accessible by 2WDs.
Getting to Rainbow Beach
- From Brisbane, drive about 160km north on the Bruce Highway towards Gympie. At the southern edge of Gympie, turn onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 42km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
- From Maryborough, drive 57km south on the Cooloola Coast Road, then turn left onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 3.5km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
- Drive 29km along Rainbow Beach Road to Rainbow Beach township.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Take plenty of water for this full day's hike as there are no water points along the way.
Before you visit
Double Island Point walk is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
For more safety information see Visiting Cooloola Recreation Area safely and Walk with care.
- Kings Bore Circuit temporary closure 1–16 June 2023
- Cooloola Wilderness Trail - No pedestrian access across Kin Kin Creek 4 May 2022 to 4 November 2023
- Permanent fire prohibition on Teewah Beach 1 April 2021 to 11 April 2024
- Prescribed Burn Rainbow Beach 1–8 June 2023
- Portable toilets mandatory for Teewah Beach camping zones 15 March 2022 to 31 January 2024
Cooloola conditions report Updated 4 May 2023
Critical information for your safety is included in the conditions report—always check it before you visit.