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Kinaba Visitor Information Centre walk
Encounter revegetated farmlands, eucalypt woodlands, paperbarks and cabbage palm wetlands on the way to an information centre overlooking Lake Cootharaba.
- Journey type
- 12.2km (return) return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 4.5hrs walking time.
- Grade 3 walking track
- Conventional vehicle
- Toilets (flush)
- Photo credit: Shelley Novello © Queensland Government
- Photo credit: Rob Cameron © Queensland Government
From the Elanda Point car park stroll through woodlands and wetlands along Kin Kin Creek to the Kinaba Visitor Information Centre. As you walk, marvel at the rehabilitation efforts at Elanda Plains, previously cleared farmland that is being revegetated. Rangers and community groups have planted 50,000 native trees each year over the last 10 years!
At the centre, enjoy glorious views over Lake Cootharaba from the viewing deck and learn about the Upper Noosa River waterway. If you are exploring the waterway by canoe, kayak or boat, tie up your watercraft at the front steps of the centre and set off on the walk in the opposite direction before retracing your steps.
Getting there and getting around
Kinaba Visitor Information Centre 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).
- The walk is in the southern part of Cooloola, on the northern shore of Lake Cootharaba.
- It can be accessed from Elanda Point.
- The first 2.8km of track ventures along the Cooloola Wilderness Trail before branching off to the east for another 3.3km to the Kinaba Visitor Information Centre.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
Getting to 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.
- Travel 1.4km to the Elanda Point QPWS car park and the start of the walk.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
- Tap water at the Kinaba Information Centre is not suitable for drinking.
- Do not drink from Lake Cootharaba as it is salt water.
Before you visit
Kinaba Visitor Information Centre walk is open 24 hours a day.
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