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Cooloola Great Walk

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Published February 13th 2011

Rainforest, sand dunes, woodland and heath plains; see all of Cooloola's natural talents by embarking on the Cooloola Great Walk.

Cooloola is a small coastal town located about two and a half hours drive north of Brisbane. It is sandwiched between Tewantin and Rainbow Beach, and merged with the Gympie Region in 2008. Cooloola and its surrounds contain many different ecosystems that are best discovered along a 102 kilometre walk.

The walk begins at the Noosa North Shore and ends in Rainbow Beach. Entrances are posted at the Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge just outside of Tewantin and at the Carlo Sandblow just outside of Rainbow Beach. The walk itself winds through rainforest, beaches and eucalypts, with some major landmarks including the Noosa River and the Great Sandy National Park.

There are four camping sites posted along the way. The Brahminy walkers camp is located on an elevated plain and offers views of Noosa and Lake Cootharaba; the Dutgee walkers camp is located near the Noosa River, close to a protected indigenous cultural site; Litoria walkers camp is set in the middle of eucalypt forest; and Kauri walkers camp sits on the ridge of rainforest. The maximum stay for each camp is one night.

The facilities and restrictions differ from camp to camp so visit the Department of Environment and Resource Management website to learn more. You might also be interested in this information about planning your walk.
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Why? For the ultimate coastal walk experience
When: Any time
Where: Between Tewantin and Rainbow Beach
Cost: None
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