Great Sandy National Park

Summary

Including Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, along with Cooloola on the mainland, Great Sandy National Park is a focal point for canoeing, fishing and some excellent bushwalking.

The highlight is the Fraser Island Great Walk and the Cooloola Wilderness Trail.

Parent Regions

History

Any interesting history for the region?

Features

What are the standout bushwalking features?

Access

How do you get there? Include all access points if there are many?

Maps

Which maps cover the region?

Accommodation

Where can I stay there? or near there?

Camping

Other

Contact details

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola/about.html

Easy
1.2 km return

Doggrell Forest

This is a short relaxing walk through the Dogrell Forrest.
Worth it if you are traveling along the Pomona Kin Kin road and need to stretch your legs.

Easy
2.1 km return
1 hr

Double Island Point Light House

Enjoyable walk to the light house and back. Great views of the coast all the way north to the southern tip of Fraser Island. This walk is possible from The eastern end of Teerwah beach or the far northern end of Noosa north shore beach.

Easy
5.3 km return
90 mins

Elanda Circuit via Mill Point

Walk through allocasuarina and paperbark forests. Take a 400m side track to Mill Point and follow the self-guided historical walk to the site of a timber mill township that flourished from 1872 to 1892.

Medium
17.2 km one-way
6 hrs

Elanda Point to Harry's Hut

Great day out, however you need to keep moving to get around. Easy walking but a little tricky as the bridge is out, you can either swim (as I did) or cross country around kin Kin creek and cross over the concrete bridge 1km west of the old bridge.

Easy
10.6 km one-way
3.5 hrs

Elanda to Fig Tree Point

Stroll through the Cooloola wilderness to the pleasant Fig Tree Point campground.

Note (29/10/2020): The southern section of the Cooloola Wilderness Trail from Elanda Point to Fig Tree Point is not accessible due to the Kin Kin Creek walk bridge having washed away during flooding. Planning for a new bridge is underway (ref https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola/camping/figtree-point)

Easy
12 km return
3.5 hrs

Elanda to Kinaba / Kinaba Track

Cabbage palm and paperbark wetlands feature along this popular walk to the Sir Thomas Hiley Information Centre (Kinaba) on the shotres of Lake Cootharaba.

Medium
76.6 km one-way

Fraser Island

Kingfisher - Lake McKenzie - Central Station - Lake Boomanjin - Dili Villiage - Jabiru Swamp - Hook Point

Walking on Fraser is a must-do! It's beautiful and unique. The walking tracks are separate to the vehicular tracks, so it feels like you are really in the guts of nowhere with no one else anywhere nearby, when in fact, if you need it, you can call a taxi and get the heck out of dodge if something crops up. The campsites at almost all the locations are fenced, have gear lockers , a wooden platform and a cleared area for your tent. All the sites have a separate camping area for hikers. The best thing about walking on Fraser is that you don't need to stress out about water because it's everywhere all year round, whatever the weather.

Medium
83 km one-way
5 days

Fraser Island Great Walk

Dilli Village - Lake Benaroon - Central Station - Lake McKenzie - Lake Wabby - Valley of the Giants - Happy Valley

Easy
3 km return
1 hr

Freshwater Lake

Easy walk along a well formed walking track to the lake. It is possible to circumnavigate the lake which will add around 4.5km to the walk. The lake has a tree leaning across which can be climbed and has a rope swing for swinging into the lake. Check for submerged objects!

Easy
12.8 km
4.3 hrs

Harrys camping to Camp site 3

12.8 km return/4 hours 30 minutes