Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park Sunshine Coast

Wander along the Kinaba Visitor Information Centre walk from Elanda Point to the shores of Lake Cootharaba. Photo credit: Shelley Novello © Queensland Government

Four-wheel drive past towering coastal sand cliffs and coloured sands in the paradise of Cooloola Recreation Area. Photo credit: © Tomek Z Genek

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

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Toilets (flush)
  • Walking

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.

Refer to the Cooloola and Inskip recreation areas discovery guide (PDF, 4.3MB) for a map and more details.

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).

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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Drinking water

  • 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

Opening hours

Kinaba Visitor Information Centre walk is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Cooloola Recreation Area safely and Walk with care.