Cabbage palm and paperbark wetlands feature along this popular walk to the Sir Thomas Hiley Information Centre Kinaba on the shores of Lake Cootharaba from Elanda.

Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
No Cycling Permitted
Camping Permitted
Swamp or Wetland
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Head to Boreen Point along McKinnon Drive, turning right into Louis Bazzo Drive. As you enter Boreen Point, the road takes a sharp right into Laguna Street, but turn left into Lake Flat Road and follow this for 2km and on a left hand bend, you will see the gravel road into Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp on your right. The public car park is on the right just before the private campsite, where all the walks start.


Cooloola Recreation Area

Route/Trail notes:

The walk starts from across the gravel road from the car park and is well signposted mostly on mown tracks and fire trails. The first section takes you around the campsite before heading out towards Mill Point where you carry straight on and past the Elanda Track junction and right where the Cooloola Wilderness Trail exit to your left, past the wild pig/dog trap and out to the Kinaba Information Centre. 

The last 600m tracks Kin Kin Creek and is when the mosquitoes and flies turn up, so spray up.

Return by the same route.



Other References/Comments:

Note that the jetty and boardwalk beyond the Information Centre is currently closed (2023) for safety reasons.

Page 94 Take a Walk in South East QLD ISBN 9780957793170

GPS Tracks


This was a long slog on a hot day, with very little of interest along the way. The reward was the Information Centre on the side of Lake Cootharaba and a welcome breeze on the top deck to eat my lunch.

F.A.B. on 2 Apr, 2023

Despite it's length, this is an easy, flat walk though the bush to the information centre at the start of the Noosa Everglades. We did this on a weekday afternoon & never saw a single person for the entire walk, including at the information centre itself. The only other way to get to the info centre is by boat. There isn't much there when you get there, just a few posters about the are & the history, but there is a toilet there if you need it.

The Nutters on 2 Jul, 2020

Lovely walk. Great track and nice and shady. Beautiful spot to stop at the Kinaba Info Centre right on Lake Cootharaba and get your feet wet while sitting on the stairs looking out over the water. Amazing paperbark forests.

Kim Worsley on 29 Jul, 2019

Nice easy walk, mozzies weren’t too bad but went in the middle of the day

MattyM on 16 Feb, 2019

Easy walk, did 17.52k all up. Was headed to Harrys hut but the bridge is out, plan to do it later including the swim across creek.

PKew on 23 Jun, 2018

Easy walk, but the mosquitoes are really bad even in winter so do take the repellent.

Marisa on 29 Jun, 2017

Nice easy walk , but do take heavy duty mozzie repellent for this part of the coast.

J on 13 May, 2017

A lot of different environments and plenty of bird life. Possibly the best view I've seen from an information centre in QLD. Don't forget to check out the viewing platform on the second level. The boardwalk is good for bird watching. Watch out for mosquitoes, even in winter there were so many.

rob.bushman on 14 Aug, 2016


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