One of the best ways to experience the Noosa River
and its surrounding wilderness is by small boats that are able to be carried to the water. These recreational items include: Folda Boats, light tinnies, canoes, scanoes and kayaks.
Essential items to take with you include an air compressor and a pressure gauge for deflating and re-inflating tyres for beach driving. Recovery gear such as snatch straps and shovels are also a must. Carry enough fuel and water with you as none are available along the way (nearest outlet to the north would be Rainbow Beach
All camping areas within the national park require a camping permit and fees apply. Permits must be obtained prior to arrival. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite. On-the-spot
fines apply for camping without a permit and for not displaying a valid permit.
Around Harry’s Hut, there are campsites, toilets, sheltered picnic areas, and rainwater - which MUST be treated before drinking. To the north of Harry's, there are 15 designated bush camping sites along the Upper Noosa River
. Fires are not permitted at these sites and there are no facilities, other than pit toilets at camps one, two and three which are also located along walking tracks. Please note that this area is flooded and closed after heavy rains, so check conditions with local rangers before proceeding. To make bookings for Harry's Hut
- please call the National Park Office at Elanda Point on: (07) 5449 7364.
Sand driving can be dangerous or cause serious damage to the environment unless great care is taken. The beach has hazards including washouts, particularly after heavy rain and rough seas. Wave action may expose dangerous rocks. Check beach conditions before setting out and know your tide times.
Remember, all road rules apply on the beach - it is a registered road! Indicate early to other cars and to people on the beach your intention. You may pass on-coming traffic on either side - cautiously! People have right of way on the beach. Check the local tide charts and weather conditions before leaving for beach driving. It is also wise to check on the status of any road or track closures. Click here for: Cooloola Conditions Report
(Also includes the status for Harry's Hut
Road, and the western and eastern firebreak tracks).
There are no permits required to enter Great Sandy National Park, however a permit is required for camping. Before camping in a park, forest or similar reserve within the State of Queensland
, you must obtain a camping permit and pay your camping fees. Some campgrounds are heavily booked, especially on public holidays and school holidays. Book early and you can book a site up to 12 months before your planned visit. At least six weeks' advance booking is recommended.
Parks and Wildlife Service has offices in the area for local enquiries and permits. Rainbow Beach
: (07) 5486 3160Tewantin
: (07) 5449 7364
Gympie: (07) 5482 5444
Noosa: (07) 5447 4988
For more information on camp fees and campsite bookings, please click: Camping Fees
or Camp Bookings
Fuel Supplies & Usage
There is also fuel available at Rainbow Beach (not shown on this trek note), which is to the west of Double Island Point.
|4cyl 24 litres||4cyl 28 litres||4cyl 34 litres|
|6cyl 26 litres||6cyl 31 litres||6cyl 30 litres|
|8cyl 26 litres||8cyl 28 litres|
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.
Best Time To Visit
Generally, Cooloola Way
is fine to travel on nearly all year round - although it can get rather wet between February and May, resulting in road and track closures.
Closest Climatic Station
Tewantin Rsl Park
Distance from Trek Mid Point 26.44km S
Best time to travel Ok time to travel Travel NOT recommended
|Mean Max. °C||28.4||28.4||27.4||25.7||23.5||21.5||21.1||22.1||24.2||25.5||26.4||28.0|
|Mean Min. °C||21.8||21.9||20.6||18.0||14.7||12.5||11.1||11.5||14.4||16.9||18.7||20.7|
|Mean Rain mm||154.2||240.1||204.9||169.7||159.7||127.0||77.7||90.1||61.4||95.8||103.9||155.7|
Services & Supplies
There are also supplies and facilities available at Rainbow Beach
(not shown on this trek note), which is to the west of Double Island Point