Cooloola Recreation Area

The Cooloola Recreation Area, starting just north of Noosa encompasses the coast all the way north to Rainbow Beach and covers a large portion of inland bush. The area is one of southeast Queensland’s most popular beach driving and camping destinations.

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Getting There

There are several ways in and out of Cooloola no matter which direction you’re travelling or what part of the area you want to see. The most common trek and best way to enter the area if you’re coming from Brisbane is to head into Tewantin and board the cable ferry at the end of Moorindil Street. From the ferry landing point all you do is follow the road around for about 7kms (past the 1st cut-in, which only heads south) and you’ll reach the beach entry. Just before the road ends and turns to sand you’ll see an area to pull aside and drop your tyre pressures. Alternatively you can get on the sand at Rainbow Beach or a few kms before Rainbow, take the Freshwater track thought the Cooloola bush and out onto Teewah Beach.

Camping

A 15km stretch along Teewah beach is zoned for camping. Some sites are directly exposed to the ocean and others provide some shelter behind the sand dunes. Rubbish bins are provided at the north and towards the south of the Teewah camping zone. For long weekends or holidays remember to get there early and claim your spot. Even during regular weekends in summer the area can become quite busy.

Freshwater camping area is set a few hundred meters inland from Teewah Beach. It provides untreated water, flushing toilets, hot & cold showers. The Freshwater day use area is the best spot for beach campers to drop in for a cold shower or use the facilities. Picnic tables and BBQ’s are also provided in the area.

There are a number of other camping areas in the Cooloola area situated further inland. Some sites are only accessible by boat of canoe. Check the National Parks website for more information.

The cut-ins off the beach, onto the Lesha track and some of the tracks through the camping area get chewed up and become very soft. Correct tyre pressures and a steady momentum will mean you have no trouble in these sections and prevent contributing to crewing up the tracks.

Useful Info

Toilets are located near the Leash track at Double Island Point. Car wash facilities are available in Rainbow and Tawantin.
Information and Map www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser
Permit Booking phone 13 74 68 or www.parks.nprsr.qld.gov.au/permits

Preparation

The area is quite easily accessible and if needed, Rainbow township is a quick drive from Double Island Point to re-stock any essentials. You’ll need to take drinking water as there is none available in the area. You should also take a snatch strap and/or recovery tracks.

Things to do

Heading up to the point on Teewah Beach there is a great place to spend the day or have a surf. There’s also a walking track to the lighthouse if you’re feeling fit. A few kms before the point you can take the Lesha track through to Double Island Point which may just be one of the best mainland beach spots in south-east Queensland. You can easily spend your weekend camping at Teewah beach and then popping through onto Double Island Point to setup and just relax for the day.

Driving

There isn’t a whole lot of 4×4 exploring in the area but with plenty of beach to drive you should be satisfied. The area is mostly easy to drive especially if you pick the tides, at low you can cruise along the beach like a highway. Freshwater track is also a relatively easy drive with a few minor rough sections.

The cut-ins off the beach, onto the Lesha track and some of the tracks through the camping area get chewed up and become very soft. Correct tyre pressures and a steady momentum will mean you have no trouble in these sections and prevent contributing to crewing up the tracks.

Permits/Fees

You’ll need a vehicle access permit to drive the Cooloola Recreation area. Permits are available for day access, a week, a month or 12 months and can be bought in Rainbow Beach or at the information office just before the Tewantin cable ferry. The cable ferry costs $7 one-way. Standard National Park camping fees apply.

Adventure

Despite what a nice area Cooloola is it lacks adventure because it just seems too popular and accessible. We rate it 2.5/5.