Cooloola Great Walk

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The Cooloola Great Walk is located within Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola. The Cooloola Great Walk showcases the very best of Cooloola's outstanding natural attractions. The extensive walking track system winds for up to 102 kilometres through rainforest, tall eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains. You'll walk over vast sandblows, past perched lakes, along sandy beaches and see views of the long sweeping landscapes of the Cooloola coastline and the Noosa River lakes.

The walk is up to 102 kilometres long, takes five full days of walking and offers four walkers-only camps. Do not attempt this 5-day walk without a topographic map. It is of a difficult grade. Please refer to the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website listed above for detailed notes on the Cooloola Great Walk.

Journey Details

Duration
120 Hours
Distance
102 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Hiking/Trekking

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

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Cooloola Great Walk

The Cooloola Great Walk track is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the southern entrance to the walk near Noosa North Shore. There is also another entrance near Rainbow Beach. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 4: Recommended for experienced bushwalkers

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