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 Wilderness Trail - No pedestrian access across Kin Kin Creek 4 May 2022 to 4 May 2023
- Christmas holiday period - very large high tides 9–29 December 2022
- Permanent fire prohibition on Teewah Beach 1 April 2021 to 28 April 2023
- Marine turtles breeding season 1 November 2022 to 30 April 2023
- Information Centre opening hours 20 September 2022 to 20 March 2023
- Portable toilets mandatory for Teewah Beach camping zones 15 March 2022 to 31 January 2023