The scenic waterways of the upper Noosa River and its tributaries are one of the Great Sandy National Park's, Cooloola section most outstanding features. Tannins washed from decaying plant matter stain the waters a very dark colour, almost black in deeper sections, offering spectacular reflections of the twisted paperbarks and bloodwoods that line the waterways' banks.... more
The Kinaba track takes you through regrowth forests, paperbark swamps and cabbage palm wetland. The vegetation changes from open forest to areas dominated by melaleucas and swamp banksias.
As you enter a section of casuarinas with ground cover of mangrove ferns, look to the left for a surveyor's blaze on a dead tree. The Government arrow and the numbers "239" are still clearly visible. Upon reaching the Kinaba Information Centre, visit the displays or take the self-guided boardwalk through the mangroves.... less
Wear a hat and sunscreen.
Avoid walking after heavy rain, as sections of track in low-lying areas and creek crossings can be closed due to flooding.
It is best to do this walk in the cooler months as the track is fairly exposed.
The Kinaba Track features: freshwater lakes, wildflower heaths, forest and spectacular coastal scenery. The track is approximately 12.2 kilometres, has a moderate degree of difficulty and should take approximately four hours. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Avoid walking after heavy rain, as sections of track in low-lying areas and creek crossings can be closed due to flooding.
How To Get There
The Southern Cooloola section of the park starts just north of Noosa Heads and Tewantin, on the northern side of the Noosa River, and extends along the coast to Rainbow Beach.
Conventional vehicles can drive to Elanda Point, just north of Boreen Point, which is about 155 kilometres or two hours' drive north of Brisbane. Four-wheel drive vehicles can also access the park via Cooloola Way and Harry's Hut Road, to Harry's camping and day use area.
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