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Harrys Hut Road 4WD track
Discover pine plantations, scribbly gum woodlands and cool rainforest along this rough track to the tranquil waterways of the Upper Noosa River.
- Journey type
- 4WD, trail bike
- 20km (return) return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 1.5hrs driving time.
- View map
- High clearance 4WD
- Scenic drive
- Trail bike riding
From the junction with Cooloola Way, traverse pine plantations before reaching the recreation area. Drive through scribbly gum woodland then stretch your legs on the Boronia trail. Farther along the rough sandy 4WD road, discover a pocket of cool rainforest before entering low-lying paperbark and scribbly gum woodland near the banks of the Upper Noosa River waterway.
Stop off at Harrys Hut, an old timber-getter's hut that dates back to the mid-1900s, just south of Harrys day-use area. A winch-and-crane operation once transported logs across the Noosa River from here. Relax over a peaceful picnic, or launch your canoe to explore the river. If you’re staying the night, head a short way north to Harrys camping area.
Getting there and getting around
Harry's Hut Road 4WD track is in Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach (155–240km north of Brisbane).
- Harry's Hut Road connects the southern entrance to Cooloola via the Cooloola Way 4WD trackwith Harrys day-use and camping areas.
- The road ends at the camping area on the bank of the upper Noosa River and is suitable for high-clearance 4WDs only.
- Harry's Hut Road can be accessed from the Cooloola Way 4WD track.
- Vehicle access permits are not required for Harry's Hut Road and Cooloola Way 4WD track.
Getting to Cooloola Way
- 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 Harry's Hut Road 4Wd track.
- Drive 10km on this very rough sand track to Harrys day-use and camping areas
- Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
Toilet facilities suitable for wheelchairs with assistance are provided at Harrys day-use area.
Water is provided at the nearby Harrys day-use area.
- Commercial operators offer boat transfers to the national park islands. Fees apply. If you are camping, make sure you book your transfer before obtaining your camping permit.
Before you visit
Harrys Hut Road 4WD track is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
For more safety information see:
- Red Canyon closed 4 June to 30 October 2020
- Planned roadworks on Freshwater Road 1–8 July 2020
- Freshwater Lake access CLOSED 10 June to 10 August 2020
- Dislodged Rocks at Teewah Beach Camping Area 10 June 2020 to 31 May 2021
- Cooloola Wilderness Trail temporary closures 10 June to 30 August 2020
- Bribie Island and Cooloola recreation areas - vehicle access permits 1 June to 31 July 2020