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Camping along the Cooloola Great Walk

See towering Kauri pines in rainforest sections along the Cooloola sandmass. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

See towering Kauri pines in rainforest sections along the Cooloola sandmass. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

The Cooloola Great Walk has:

  • Four small walkers’ camping areas between the southern and northern entrances.
  • Water tanks at each camping area.
  • Toilets at each camping area.
  • A 'maximum stay' rule—only one night's stay in each walkers' camp—to ensure everyone has the opportunity to walk through this long-distance track and be assured of camping availability.

Please note:

  • Camping permits are required and fees apply.
  • A permit tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Park-specific conditions

For more information, please read the guidelines on walk safely and walk softly. View the safety video clips relevant to the Cooloola Recreation Area.

Great Walkers’ etiquette

  • Be self-sufficient.
  • Camp only when and where you have booked.
  • Stay on the track.
  • Never waste water.
  • Observe camping quiet time after 9pm.
  • Leave no trace:
    • Only use existing tent sites.
    • Use human waste disposal kits.
    • Never dig trenches.
    • Never damage plants or hurt animals.
    • Don’t tie rubbish bags or tent ropes to trees.
    • Pick up everything! Leave your campsite in the same (or better) condition than when you found it.

Brahminy walkers' camp

The Brahminy kite often soars along Cooloola's coastline and inland rivers. It is used on signs and brochures as a common theme along the Great Walk. Photos: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

The Brahminy kite often soars along Cooloola's coastline and inland rivers. It is used on signs and brochures as a common theme along the Great Walk. Photos: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

Brahminy walkers' camp located on low coastal heath, with sweeping views of Lake Cootharaba to the west.

Brahminy walkers' camp located on low coastal heath, with sweeping views of Lake Cootharaba to the west.

Why Brahminy?
Views from this camp site stretch far and wide—similar to what Brahminy kites see as they soar along the coast and inland watercourses in search of food. The adult birds have contrasting colours of rusty chestnut brown against the bright white of their heads and chests.

Walkers’ camp features: Located on an elevated heathland area, this camp site gives superb views south to Noosa, west to Lake Cootharaba and east over the Pacific Ocean.

Location: Brahminy walkers’ camp is 17km from the southern entrance to the Cooloola Great Walk.

Access: Walk-in only.

Number of sites:

  • 8 camp sites
  • maximum group size: 6 people
  • Brahminy camping area total capacity: 18 people maximum
  • maximum stay at Brahminy walkers' camp: 1 night.

Camp sites are suitable for: Walk-in camping only.

Camp site surface: Cleared heathland scrub.

Facilities: Untreated drinking water, composting hybrid toilet system, low level tables in the group area.

Open fires: Prohibited—fuel or gas stoves only.

Generators: Prohibited.

Essentials to bring: Fuel or gas stove, insect repellent, washing up basin, ground sheet to place under your tent to prevent wear, warm clothes and wet weather gear.

Also see: Planning your walk.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Book in advance for all weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: Nil. For emergency communication advice, see walk safely.

Dutgee walkers' camp

Dutgee walkers' camp is situated near the banks of the upper Noosa River and wide open heath plains. On calm days, witness picture-perfect surface reflections on the river. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

Dutgee walkers' camp is situated near the banks of the upper Noosa River and wide open heath plains. On calm days, witness picture-perfect surface reflections on the river. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

Walkers' camps have communal areas with tables, rainwater tanks and toilets, but no showers. Photo: Marc Dargusch, Queensland Government

Walkers' camps have communal areas with tables, rainwater tanks and toilets, but no showers. Photo: Marc Dargusch, Queensland Government

Why Dutgee?
Dutgee is the local Aboriginal name for the boronia shrubs that grow throughout Cooloola. Boronia flowers have four petals ranging from pink to mauve, occasionally white, and appear as single flowers or clusters. The Wide Bay boronia Boronia rivularis occurs in these swampy moist areas around the river and flowers from spring to late summer.

Walkers’ camp features: Set alongside the Noosa River and close to a protected cultural site; the logs in this area are part of timber cut from the mid 1990s. On calm days, the surface reflections on the river offer a perfect mirror image of the surrounding landscape.

Warning! Do not climb on the decaying logs at this camp site. You may suffer serious injury. Swimming in the Noosa River is not recommended.

Location: Dutgee walkers’ camp is 37km from the Cooloola Great Walk's southern entrance and 20km from Brahminy walkers’ camp.

Access: Walk-in only.

Number of sites:

  • 7 camp sites
  • maximum group size: 6 people
  • Dutgee camping area total capacity: 14 people
  • maximum stay at Dutgee walker's camp: 1 night.

Camp sites are suitable for: Walk-in camping only.

Camp site surface: Sand

Facilities: Untreated drinking water, composting hybrid toilet system, low level tables in the group area.

Open fires: Prohibited—fuel or gas stoves only.

Generators: Prohibited.

Essentials to bring: Fuel or gas stove, insect repellent, washing up basin, ground sheet to place under your tent to prevent wear, warm clothes and wet weather gear.

Also see: Planning your walk.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Book in advance for all weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: Nil. For emergency communication advice, see walk safely.

Litoria walkers' camp

The Cooloola sedgefrog is an 'acid frog' and one of Cooloola's treasures. Photos: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

The Cooloola sedgefrog is an 'acid frog' and one of Cooloola's treasures. Photos: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

Litoria walkers' camp sits in an open eucalypt forest. Lake Cooloomera, 600m north, is home to many 'acid frog' species and birds. Observe them from a distance, so you don't trample the reeds. Watch out for snakes.

Litoria walkers' camp sits in an open eucalypt forest. Lake Cooloomera, 600m north, is home to many 'acid frog' species and birds. Observe them from a distance, so you don't trample the reeds. Watch out for snakes.

Why Litoria?
Litoria—meaning 'shore' or 'beach'—is the name given to one of the largest genera of frogs in Australia. When the local frogs start their chorus here, listen for the high pitched 'rrrr-ee-ee-ks' sound of the Cooloola sedgefrog Litoria cooloolensis, a dainty frog (only 30mm long) adapted to the mildly acidic waters of the lakes of Cooloola.

Walkers’ camp features: Set on an elevated knoll in the shade of eucalypt woodland.

Location: Litoria walkers’ camp is 53.5 km from the Cooloola Great Walk's southern entrance and 16.5 km from Dutgee walkers’ camp.

Access: Walk-in only.

Number of sites:

  • 7 camp sites
  • maximum group size: 6 people
  • Litoria camping area total capacity: 14 people.
  • maximum stay at Litoria walker’s camp: 1 night.

Camp sites are suitable for: Walk-in camping only.

Camp site surface: Sand in cleared woodland scrub.

Facilities: Untreated drinking water, composting hybrid toilet system, low level tables in the group area.

Open fires: Prohibited—fuel or gas stoves only.

Generators: Prohibited.

Essentials to bring: Fuel or gas stove, insect repellent, washing up basin, ground sheet to place under your tent to prevent wear, warm clothes and wet weather gear.

Also see: Planning your walk.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Book in advance for all weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: Nil. For emergency communication advice, see walk safely.

Kauri walkers' camp

Kauri walkers' camp sits in sheltered rainforest. Many birds of the rainforest make up the Cooloola chorus, but their songs are pierced by the 'whip crack' call of eastern whipbirds. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

Kauri walkers' camp sits in sheltered rainforest. Many birds of the rainforest make up the Cooloola chorus, but their songs are pierced by the 'whip crack' call of eastern whipbirds. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

Why Kauri?
In Cooloola, kauri pine Agathis robusta occur naturally at the southern limit of their range. The excellent specimen growing nearby shows this species distinctive 'gun barrel' trunk.

Walkers’ camp features: The camping area sits on a ridge of rainforest.

Location: Kauri walkers’ camp is 73.5km from the Cooloola Great Walk 's southern entrance and 20km from Litoria walkers’ camp.

Access: Walk-in only.

Number of sites:

  • 7 camp sites
  • maximum group size: 6 people
  • Kauri camping area total capacity: 14 people
  • maximum stay at Kauri walker’s camp: 1 night.

Camp sites are suitable for: Walk-in camping only.

Camp site surface: Cleared rainforest floor—leaf litter likely.

Facilities: Untreated drinking water, composting hybrid toilet system, low level tables in the group area.

Open fires: Prohibited—fuel or gas stoves only.

Generators: Prohibited.

Essentials to bring: Fuel or gas stove, insect repellent, washing up basin, ground sheet to place under your tent to prevent wear, warm clothes and wet weather gear.

Also see: Planning your walk.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Book in advance for all weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance.

Mobile phone coverage: Nil. For emergency communication advice, see walk safely.

Last updated
29 August 2017