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Walking tracks

Walking track summary

Walking is a good way to experience Cooloola. Tracks range from short circuits to long hikes and lead to some of Cooloola’s best features. Please read the advice on walking safety and long distance walking below before walking in Cooloola.

Walk safely

  • Prior to arrival, check Park alerts and the Cooloola conditions report (PDF, 782K) (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 safely and walk softly 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 (PDF, 1.4M) in detail.

Class 2 walking track

  • Formed track
  • May have gentle hills and some steps.
  • Clearly signposted.
  • No experience required.

Class 3 walking track

  • Formed track with some obstacles
  • 20km or less
  • May have short steep hills and many steps
  • Some experience recommended.

Class 4 walking track

  • 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

Cooloola Wilderness Trail (Class 4)

  • Distance: 47.9km one way
  • Time: allow 3–5 days
  • Details: A long-distance overnight walking experience, with wilderness camping areas (no facilities).

Cooloola Great Walk (Class 4)

  • 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 (PDF, 4.7M).

Map ref. Track Class Distance/time Description
1 Teewah Beach walk

 3

4km return 

Allow 1.5hrs

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

12.2km return

Allow 4.5hrs

This walk from Elanda Point goes through paperbark forest and cabbage tree palms to Lake Cootharaba.
3 Mill Point circuit 3

5.1km circuit

Allow 2hrs

Relatively flat track with short self-guided section about the history of Mill Point.
4 Melaleuca circuit 3

400m circuit

Allow 30mins

A short stroll through wetland and eucalypt forest
5 Boronia walk 3

3.6km return

Allow 2hrs

This walk goes to Kin Kin Creek, through open woodland with wildflowers in spring.
6 Campsite 3 walk 4

14km return

Allow 6hrs

Boat across the river then walk along the riverbank through woodland and wallum to Campsite 3.
7 Cooloola Sandpatch walk 4

12km return

Allow 5hrs

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

200m return

Allow 30mins

Short stroll on a boardwalk through creekside vegetation ending at two viewpoints.
9 Dundathu circuit 2

250m circuit

Allow 30 mins

A short stroll through one of Cooloola's hidden rainforest pockets.
10 Poona Lake walk 2

42.km return

Allow 1.5hrs

Easy walking through tall forest with kauri and hoop pines, piccabeen palms and strangler figs.

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12

Carlo Sandblow walk 3

2.8km one way

Allow 3 hrs

1.2km return

Allow 30mins

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

30km return

Allow 9-11hrs

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

2.2km return

Allow 1hr

A steep track with some fantastic views along the way.
15 Freshwater Lake walk 2

2.8km return

Allow 1hr

Adjacent to the day-use area, walk through scribbly gum woodland and open forest to the lake.
16 Freshwater circuit 2

5km circuit

Allow 2hrs

From the camping area, take an easy walk around the lake. Open forest, paperbarks and rainforest are a delight on this journey.
Last updated
7 October 2016