From meandering paths to treks from Queensland’s Great Walks in the Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola Section- our location is perfect for walkers. Here are a few of our favourites:
The Headland and Lookout– walk towards town along Rainbow Beach Road. If you go as far as you can, you will find the salvaged Cherry Venture propeller and behind it a lookout- with view to Fraser Island in the North and Double Island point in the South. If you follow the path in either direction will lead you to steps and onto the beach.
Carlo Sand Blow – A must for every visitor, walk or motor up Cooloola Drive to the reservoir. Only 600m away with steps towards the summit you arrive to a spectacular vista of ocean and sand plus views of Tin Can Bay Inlet and beyond. You can walk onto Coloured Sands and see how they contrast with the ocean below. This walk is very popular before sunset and walkers are rewarded with beautiful displays on dusk.
Carlo Sandblow -The Pedestrian circuit– from the National Parks Office walk to sandblow on the new track. This route is worth it simply for the view on your arrival. Either complete the circuit by crossing the sandblow, towards Cooloola Drive or return the way you came. Approximately 4km return.
Lake Poona– drive to Bymien Car Park and walk through the rainforest approximately 40 minutes (9.6km if you choose to walk from town).
Lake Freshwater– this walk from the Bymien picnic area takes all day and is more challenging. However if you drive to the carpark you will find a pleasant bushwalk down to the lake entrance. The kids will love this one too.
Beach Walks – take your pick! The most popular is towards the iconic Coloured Sands. From the surf tower walk south and you will pass varying rock formations including the notorious Mudlo Rocks, waterfalls, the “mini-blow” before you reach the multi-coloured cliffs. Choose low tide for ease. If tides are higher, walk north to Rainbow Shores – you still get to enjoy the sight of Coloured Sands on your return. Or grab a taxi to Inskip Point then start walking back to the flagged area. Leave ample time this walk is not for the fainthearted-at approximately 9km long.
Double Island Point Lighthouse Only 15.7km to walk to Double Island Point, then picnic at the lighthouse! Alternatively, drive to Teewah Beach (from the beach or on the Freshwater road) and trek up to the lighthouse for a walk the whole family can manage. You can still bring your picnic! It is not uncommon to see turtles, manta rays and even whales when it is the right time of year. Bring your binoculars..
Barge walk– Walk onto the Manta Ray Barge to Fraser Island. Jump off and head up the beach- turn around when you are half way through your time and return. It’s a good idea to pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water for this one.
Honeymoon Bay– After driving to this wonderful piece of paradise you may just want to wallow on the beach or play in the shallows. There is a short rocky walk at the base of the headland that the kids will call an adventure. If you are up for something more, you can reach the Lighthouse and Double Island Point headland from this side too.
Seary’s Creek Boardwalk – a short stroll takes you to two waterholes in the tea coloured freshwater creek. Beautifully cool on the hottest summer day- a place the kids will ask you to return to. It’s only 7km towards Gympie on the Rainbow Beach Road.
Tin Can Bay Esplanade – Must be mentioned, so flat it is great for kids on scooters, bikes and skateboards. Extending for 4km, you can start at either end and make towards the gorgeous playground (with skatepark) opposite the library. All of this is on the water, the paths border the Tin Can Bay Inlet and have pleasant little bridges and lots of signage of local flora and fauna.
1000 steps walk – flat, paved path from the headland (start at the steps from the patrolled beach) through town, past the hall and around the back of the IGA, down Carlo road, and return. Great for prams and other wheeled devices.
The Great Walk – choose to do one or several days of this 102km walk to Noosa through some of the most beautiful bush and beach surroundings.
If you prefer a hill climb or sticking to the flat- there are plenty of options. Make sure you pack your walking shoes (and camera)when you next visit.