Cooloola Ecotourism Trail NOT to proceed

Cooloola Ecotourism Trail NOT to proceed

Cooloola Great Walk

Posted on 07.06.2024

The Cooloola Great Walk, Great Sandy National Park is an existing 102 kilometre walking and camping experience that links Noosa North Shore with Rainbow Beach.

It is situated between the K’gari World Heritage Area and the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, contains amazing biodiversity and rich Aboriginal cultural heritage and is extremely valuable to local communities and the regions. Visitors can discover perched lakes, ancient sand dunes and a diverse range of ecosystems including coastal woodlands, heathlands and rainforest, each boasting unique flora and fauna.

The existing walk is a rough Grade 4 track with steep and sandy sections and recommended for experienced walkers. Visitors can walk the trail over five days and camp in designated walkers’ camps along the way. Shorter walks and separate four-wheel driving tracks are available through the Great Sandy National Park.

Following community and stakeholder consultation, the State Government, in May 2024, decided NOT to proceed with the development of an ecotourism trail along the Cooloola Great Walk.

The State is disappointed not to realise the original vision, but our commitment to protecting and showcasing the distinctive beauty and ecology of the Great Sandy National Park, and the unique tourism opportunity it presents to the region and Traditional Owners remains strong.

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The State Government remains supportive of ecotourism opportunities to enhance the Cooloola Great Walk, and in the meantime, the pristine 102-kilometre Cooloola Great Walk from Noosa North Shore to Rainbow Beach remains open for hiking and camping.





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