Walking tracks summary
- Prior to arrival, check park alerts and the Cooloola conditions report (updated regularly) for park closures or warnings about issues, such as floods, fires, road and walking track conditions and scheduled maintenance.
- As a result of track or camp site closures, trips may need to be cancelled at short notice; be prepared to make alternative arrangements.
- Walk in groups and supervise children at all times.
- Do not walk in remote areas without being prepared. Learn or revise map and compass navigation skills, be trained in remote area first aid and be prepared for emergencies.
- Carry sufficient water when walking, and treat all water collected from taps, lakes or watercourses before drinking.
- Carry a first-aid kit and have someone in the group who is a current first aider.
- Allow plenty of time to reach destinations well before dark.
- Do not walk after heavy rain as low-lying areas and creek crossings will be flooded.
- Mosquitoes are more abundant at Kinaba and Fig Tree Point at certain times of the year.
- Avoid bites as some mosquitoes carry Ross River and Barmah Forest virus.
- Wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing and use insect repellent for protection.
- When walking along roads or beaches, ensure visibility to drivers.
- Consider wearing high visibility vests or reflective material on backpacks and clothing.
- Read walk with care guidelines for further information.
Long distance walking
A reasonable level of fitness is required for any of the long distance walks in Cooloola. Take a map, compass, personal locator beacon (PLB), food, drinking water, appropriate clothing, tent and first-aid kit. Plan for safety and advise a reliable friend or family member of the itinerary. This person is responsible for alerting police if the walkers do not return on time. Work out a contingency plan. Always check track conditions just before starting, and observe any closures or track signage. Long walks can be strenuous in high summer temperatures. Choose to walk in the cooler months—late March to September.
Walking track classification
Most of Cooloola’s walking tracks are class 4 walking tracks, except for some boardwalk tracks (Searys Creek and Kinaba) and the shorter tracks, which are class 2 and 3.
Take time to read the classification details before walking out into the park. Study the map in detail.
- Formed track
- May have gentle hills and some steps.
- Clearly signposted.
- No experience required.
- Formed track with some obstacles
- 20km or less
- May have short steep hills and many steps
- Some experience recommended.
- Rough track for experienced bushwalkers
- May be long and very steep with few directional signs
- Distinct tracks with junctions signposted, rough track surfaces with exposed roots and rocks
- Variable in width, muddy sections and steep grades likely to be encountered
- May be extensively overgrown; hazards, such as fallen trees and vines, likely to be present.
- Caution needed at creek crossings and naturally occurring lookouts.
- Moderate fitness level required
- Ankle-supporting footwear required
- Moderate level of navigation skills recommended, involving self-reliance in first aid and coping with weather hazard situations.
Cooloola walking tracks
- Distance: 47.9km one way
- Time: allow 3–5 days
- Details: A long-distance overnight walking experience, with wilderness camping areas (no facilities).
- Distance: 102km one way
- Time: allow 5 days
- Details: A wonderful 5-day hike. Four small walkers’ camps, each with toilet and picnic table. Carry drinking water. Tank water not guaranteed.
- Do not attempt this 5-day hike without a topographic map.
Walking track details
Walking track numbers correspond to their location on the map of the Cooloola and Inskip Discovery Guide .
|1||Teewah Beach walk||3|
|Boat or canoe to the landing jetty. Walk through heath and woodland to the beach. Optional 4km return track up Mt Seawah—spectacular views.|
|2||Kinaba Information Centre walk||3|
|This walk from Elanda Point goes through paperbark forest and cabbage tree palms to Lake Cootharaba.|
|3||Mill Point circuit||3|
|Relatively flat track with short self-guided section about the history of Mill Point.|
|A short stroll through wetland and eucalypt forest|
|This walk goes to Kin Kin Creek, through open woodland with wildflowers in spring.|
|6||Campsite 3 walk||4|
|Boat across the river then walk along the riverbank through woodland and wallum to Campsite 3.|
|7||Cooloola Sandpatch walk||4|
|First 600m is easy walking, then a steep, but shaded climb for 2.8km to the edge of the sandpatch.|
|8||Searys Creek boardwalk||2|
|Short stroll on a boardwalk through creekside vegetation ending at two viewpoints.|
Allow 30 mins
|A short stroll through one of Cooloola's hidden rainforest pockets.|
|10||Poona Lake walk||2|
|Easy walking through tall forest with kauri and hoop pines, piccabeen palms and strangler figs.|
|Carlo Sandblow walk||3|
2.8km one way
This walk weaves through eucalypt forest and rainforest up and over the sandblow ending at the Carlo car park.
Shorter option: From Carlo car park, walk through scribbly gums, up steps to the sandblow.
|13||Double Island Point walk||4|
|A day-long, forest and beach walk with steep sections, but superb views from the area around the Double Island Point lighthouse.|
|14||Double Island Point lighthouse walk||3|
|A steep track with some fantastic views along the way.|
|15||Freshwater Lake walk||2|
|Adjacent to the day-use area, walk through scribbly gum woodland and open forest to the lake.|
|From the camping area, take an easy walk around the lake. Open forest, paperbarks and rainforest are a delight on this journey.|
- Smoke Alert - Cooloola Recreation Area 1 June to 31 August 2021
- South East Qld COVID lockdown 31 July to 3 August 2021
- Planned Burn Operations 2021 - Rainbow Beach 30 July to 6 August 2021
- Visitor Safety – wildlife 30 June to 30 September 2021
- Permanent fire prohibition on Teewah Beach 1 April 2021 to 13 May 2022
- Cooloola Wilderness Trail - No pedestrian access across Kin Kin Creek 13 May 2021 to 13 May 2022