Cooloola Great Walk Sunshine Coast

Enjoy long landscape views from the Cooloola Great Walk, Cooloola Recreation Area. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

The Cooloola Great Walk showcases the very best of the recreation area's outstanding natural attractions. Up to 102km long, this extensive walking track system winds through rainforest, tall eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains.


The Cooloola Recreation Area lies between the coastal towns of Tewantin, near Noosa, and Rainbow Beach just south of K'gari (formerly Fraser Island). Tewantin is approximately 155km—about 2 hours drive—north of Brisbane. Rainbow Beach is 240km—about 3 hours drive—north of Brisbane.


Traditional Owners have a long and on-going relationship with the area that falls under Queensland’s national parks and forests. In order to acknowledge the important connection with Aboriginal people, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) urges visitors to treat the country through which they walk with respect and care.

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Park facilities

  • No campfires
  • Lookout
  • No rubbish bins
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • No vehicle access
  • Tent camping
  • Hiking
  • Swimming prohibited
  • Trail bikes prohibited