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5-Day Cooloola Great Walk from Noosa Heads to Rainbow Beach

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What to Expect
Your unforgettable hiking adventure begins in Noosa Heads located in the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 45 minutes north from the Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) or 2 hours from Brisbane Airport (BNE).

After meeting you at your Noosa accommodation, board the ferry to Noosa Northshore.

Enjoy pre-walk BBQ dinner/meeting and and an over-night in luxury accommodation, meet fellow walkers and tour leader, discuss the details of the walk and review walking gear. Enjoy a good night’s rest for tomorrow is the big day!

Day 1: Noosa North Shore track entrance to Brahminy Walkers’ Camp

17.3 km, 6 hours walking time - Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge, coastal heath plains, Teewah Beach, Mt. Seewah, Lace monitor lizards and honeyeaters.

Day 2: Brahminy Walkers’ Camp to Dutgee Walkers’ Camp

20.3 km, 7 hours walking time - woodland of Scribbly gums & Blackbutt forests, Cooloola Sandpatch, views of Lake Cootharaba, “River of Mirrors” in Noosa Everglades.

Day 3: Dutgee Walkers’ Camp to Littoria Walkers’ Camp:

4.8 km, 6 hours walking time - historic timbered country of Blackbutt and Wattle forests, Ramsay’s Hut, camp on a eucalypt forest on a ridge. 

Day 4: Littoria Walkers’ Camp to Kauri Walkers’ Camp

20.5 km, 7 hours walking time.  Perched lake Lake Cooloomra, “acid frogs”, scented carrol scrub, gigantic kauri pine and rainforest, night animals.

Day 5: Kauri Walkers’ Camp to Rainbow Beach

15.2 km, 5 hours walking time - Dawn chorus of whipbirds and fruit doves, perched lake Poona Lake, Carlo Sandblow, views of the Pacific Ocean, Double Island and Tin Can Bay. 

Directly after we finish in Rainbow Beach we celebrate our accomplishment with a celebratory lunch and a couple well deserved drink, and exchange stories and recollections.  Our shout! (on the house!)

Post-walk Options:  Tropical Treks will return to Noosa Heads after our celebration luncheon providing complimentary transfers to the coastal areas between Rainbow Beach and Sunshine Coast Airport.  We highly recommend staying longer to explore Rainbow Beach, World Heritage Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park (Cooloola Great Walk), Coloured Sands, Double Island Point. We are happy to assist with recommendations, accommodation/tour bookings.


Wildflowers in Spring/Summer - synonymous with Cooloola.

Breaching Humpback whales migrating in June - November

Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglades systems on Earth

Cooloola Sandmass built over 500,000 years conserves rainforest, eucalypt forests, woodland and heath plains, perched lakes and sandblows.

Carlo Sandblow
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Important Information
Departure Point
Monday, Noosa Northshore
Tuesday, Brahminy Walkers' Camp
Wednesday, Dutgee Walkers' Camp
Thursday, Litoria Walkers' Camp
Friday, Kauri Walkers' Camp
Friday, Rainbow Beach
Departure Time
Sunday 2:00 pm.:  Check-in pre-walk accommodation
Sunday 5:00 pm.:  Pre-walk BBQ dinner/meeting
Monday - Friday 8:00 am. Depart walkers' camp for the day.
Friday 4:00 pm: Depart Rainbow Beach for Noosa
6 days
  • 1 night pre-walk accommodation
  • Pre-walk Welcome BBQ dinner/meeting and breakfast.
  • 4-night camping
  • National Park fees
  • On-trail breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Transfers to Noosa Northshore and from Rainbow Beach to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast Airport.
  • Camp gear and equipment
  • 65-75 litre backpack
  • Pre-walk BBQ dinner/meeting
  • Transfer to start of walk
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transfer from Rainbow Beach to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast Airport
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Suitable for children 16 yrs. old with previous hiking experience, accompanied by an adult.
  • Minimum guest numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking, based on availability
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems, pregnant women, people with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair as you will have to carry your own backpack and camp gear/equipment, steep inclines and uneven ground.
  • Walks are approximately 6 hours each day.
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All guest height & size MUST be advised at time of booking if using Tropical Treks backpack.
  • 100% refund, less $150.00AUD deposit, to cancellations more than 30-days prior to departure.
  • Confirmation, Registration Form and Terms & Conditions will be emailed within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Completed Registration Form & Terms and Conditions required on or before 30 days prior to departure.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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I love hiking and I’ve always wanted to challenge myself, but I had no idea how to do a multi-day hike. Moreover, as a female, I certainly wouldn’t think of camping five days in the wilderness by myself (I’m no Reece Witherspoon!). With Tropical Treks, all the big questions were
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Response from Steve G, Owner at 5-Day Cooloola Great Walk from Noosa Heads to Rainbow Beach
Responded May 9, 2018
Hi Shelley, Thank you for your kind and very comprehensive review of Tropical Trek's Cooloola Great Walk. Walking through this beautiful landscape is all the more wonderful when shared with like-minded, fun and engaging people, who appreciate it's beauty. Amazing how the simple things in life are cherished when everything you have is stored in a back pack, like keeping an Avocado in good condition so it can be enjoyed by everyone for lunch on Day 4. A real treat and responsibility. I hope to see you out and about on another great walk sometime in the future. I'll never forget the double bag of happiness. Take care and safe travels Steve
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By: Tropical Treks Guided Bush Walks & Birdwatching
73 reviews
Excellent days birding
Steve is very knowledgeable and has no problem answering any question you may ask very pleasant and great person
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Brilliant Days Birding
I have just had a fantastic days birding with Steve, from start to finish it was a first class day, there is so
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Wilmington, Delaware
62 birds seen and heard in a half day tour. Pretty amazing!
We were visiting Noosa with friends, one of which gave us a brochure for Tropical Treks. We signed up, not knowing
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Absolutely wonderful!
I did a full day bird watching tour with Steve and one other guest who, unlike me, was an experienced birder.
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Great birding experience with Steve!
Steve came to knock on the door at the exact pickup time in the early morning where I booked tour. Together with
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nashville, TN
Great for serious and casual birders!
We went with Steve on the Birdwatching full day trip. We started early, at about 7 am and had a very enjoyable
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Angela M
Guided birdwatching
Had a most enjoyable and rewarding day bird watching with Steve, easily organised via the Tropical Treks website
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Ocean Grove, Australia
All day bird watching tour around the Noosa area in Queensland
FANTASTIC day, Steve was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to take us to places that suited our
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So interesting, beaut bird spotting and birdsong
Steve is very knowledgeable and good company. I really enjoyed learning about the bird behaviour and habitats. We
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Guided bushwalk to hinterland
Had a great day out with Steve our guide who picked us up at our apartment at 7 o clock and dropped us off at
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Marianna A
An Informative, Inspiring Day
Today we spent 7 hours in Noosa’s biosphere reserve with Stephen Grainger of Tropical Treks. He picked us up at 7
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Melbourne, Australia
Very Enjoyable Half Day Birdwatching Tour
We very much enjoyed taking the half day morning Birdwatching Tour with Steve from Tropical Treks. We were picked
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St Kilda, Australia
An a photographer, I wanted a solo bespoke charter to photograph the Hinterland waterfalls. Steve and Winnie were
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Brisbane Region, Australia
Great day Bird Watching with Steve and encountered 79 species of Birds
I'd recommend this outing for anyone who's interested in Bird Watching. Steve has an in depth knowledge of where
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Excellent day of bushwalking
We thoroughly enjoyed our day spent bush walking with Steve. He has a thorough knowledge of flora and fauna which
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