5-Day Cooloola Great Walk from Noosa Heads to Rainbow Beach
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5-Day Cooloola Great Walk from Noosa Heads to Rainbow Beach

6 days
By walk
About this activity
Your unforgettable hiking adventure begins in Noosa Heads located in the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 45 minutes north from the Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) or 2 hours from Brisbane Airport (BNE).

After meeting you at your Noosa accommodation, board the ferry to Noosa Northshore.

Enjoy pre-walk BBQ dinner/meeting and and an over-night in luxury accommodation, meet fellow walkers and tour leader, discuss the details of the walk and review walking gear. Enjoy a good night’s rest for tomorrow is the big day!

Day 1: Noosa North Shore track entrance to Brahminy Walkers’ Camp

17.3 km, 6 hours walking time - Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge, coastal heath plains, Teewah Beach, Mt. Seewah, Lace monitor lizards and honeyeaters.

Day 2: Brahminy Walkers’ Camp to Dutgee Walkers’ Camp

20.3 km, 7 hours walking time - woodland of Scribbly gums & Blackbutt forests, Cooloola Sandpatch, views of Lake Cootharaba, “River of Mirrors” in Noosa Everglades.

Day 3: Dutgee Walkers’ Camp to Littoria Walkers’ Camp:

4.8 km, 6 hours walking time - historic timbered country of Blackbutt and Wattle forests, Ramsay’s Hut, camp on a eucalypt forest on a ridge. 

Day 4: Littoria Walkers’ Camp to Kauri Walkers’ Camp

20.5 km, 7 hours walking time. Perched lake Lake Cooloomra, “acid frogs”, scented carrol scrub, gigantic kauri pine and rainforest, night animals.

Day 5: Kauri Walkers’ Camp to Rainbow Beach

15.2 km, 5 hours walking time - Dawn chorus of whipbirds and fruit doves, perched lake Poona Lake, Carlo Sandblow, views of the Pacific Ocean, Double Island and Tin Can Bay.

Directly after we finish in Rainbow Beach we celebrate our accomplishment with a celebratory lunch and a couple well deserved drink, and exchange stories and recollections. Our shout! (on the house!)

Post-walk Options: Tropical Treks will return to Noosa Heads after our celebration luncheon providing complimentary transfers to the coastal areas between Rainbow Beach and Sunshine Coast Airport. We highly recommend staying longer to explore Rainbow Beach, World Heritage Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park (Cooloola Great Walk), Coloured Sands, Double Island Point. We are happy to assist with recommendations, accommodation/tour bookings.


Wildflowers in Spring/Summer - synonymous with Cooloola.

Breaching Humpback whales migrating in June - November

Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglades systems on Earth

Cooloola Sandmass built over 500,000 years conserves rainforest, eucalypt forests, woodland and heath plains, perched lakes and sandblows.

Carlo Sandblow
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  • 1 night pre-walk accommodation
  • Pre-walk Welcome BBQ dinner/meeting and breakfast.
  • 4-night camping
  • National Park fees
  • On-trail breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Transfers to Noosa Northshore and from Rainbow Beach to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast Airport.
  • Camp gear and equipment
  • 65-75 litre backpack
  • Pre-walk BBQ dinner/meeting
  • Transfer to start of walk
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transfer from Rainbow Beach to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast Airport
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Suitable for children 16 yrs. old with previous hiking experience, accompanied by an adult.
  • Minimum guest numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking, based on availability
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems, pregnant women, people with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair as you will have to carry your own backpack and camp gear/equipment, steep inclines and uneven ground.
  • Walks are approximately 6 hours each day.
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All guest height & size MUST be advised at time of booking if using Tropical Treks backpack.
  • 100% refund, less $150.00AUD deposit, to cancellations more than 30-days prior to departure.
  • Confirmation, Registration Form and Terms & Conditions will be emailed within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Completed Registration Form & Terms and Conditions required on or before 30 days prior to departure.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
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