Cooloola Great Walk Sunshine Coast

Litoria walker's camp is set on an elevated knoll in the shade of tall open eucalypt forest. Photo credit: © Sue Gregory

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

Litoria walkers' camp

Rest your weary feet at this walkers’ camp amid grasstrees and open eucalypt forest and be serenaded by the calls of Cooloola’s 'acid' frogs.

Accessible by

  • Walk-in

Camping area facilities

  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Tent camping
  • Long walk to tent
  • Walking

Enjoy a restful night in this walkers’ camp, one of several along the Cooloola Great Walk, on an elevated knoll surrounded by vibrant green foxtail sedge and grasstrees. Admire the towering open forest of blackbutt and tallowwood gums and look for Major skinks scurrying off into the undergrowth.

Discover nearby Lake Cooloomera, one of Cooloola's hidden lakes, home to many birds as well as 'acid’ frogs that are adapted to the mildly acidic lake waters. When the frogs start their evening chorus, listen for the high-pitched 'rrrr-ee-ee-k' call of the near-threatened Cooloola sedgefrog, a dainty little frog with a distinctive song.

Getting there and getting around

Littoria walkers' camp is in Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach (155km–240km north of Brisbane).

  • This walkers' camp is on the Cooloola Great Walk, 14.8km north of Dutgee walkers' camp or 20.5km south of Kauri walkers' camp, and can only be accessed on foot.
  • You can access Cooloola Great Walk from the south (Noosa North Shore) and from the north (near Rainbow Beach).
  • At Rainbow Beach visit the Manta Ray barge office or Shell service station for camping permits and other information (business hours only).
  • At Tewantin (southern access), visit the Great Sandy Information Centre, located near the Noosa River ferry on Moorindil Street for camping permits and other information (business hours only).
  • Taxi services are available in both Tewantin and Rainbow Beach.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
Close up photo of a green Cooloola sedgefrog.

The Cooloola sedgefrog is an 'acid frog' and one of Cooloola's treasures.

Photo credit: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

From the south

  • 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.
  • In Tewantin, follow Moorindil Street to the Noosa River ferry, cross the river to Noosa North Shore, and drive 2.2km on Maximillian Road.
  • Continue along Maximillian Drive past Beach Road and follow the signs 250m to the southern entrance of the Cooloola Great Walk.

From the north

  • From Brisbane, drive about 160km north on the Bruce Highway towards Gympie. At the southern edge of Gympie, turn onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 42km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
  • From Maryborough, drive 57km south on the Cooloola Coast Road, then turn left onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 3.5km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
  • Drive 29km into Rainbow Beach township, turn right off Rainbow Beach Road onto Double Island Drive then turn left onto Cooloola Drive and follow the signs for 850m to the Carlo Sandblow car park and the northern entrance of the Cooloola Great Walk.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Litoria walkers' camp is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

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

Photo of orange and green foliage in the trees reaching out over the water.

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.

Photo credit: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

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 53.5km from the Cooloola Great Walk's southern entrance and 16.5km 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, platform tables in most camp sites.

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.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Cooloola Great Walk safely and camp with care.