Situated within the Great Sandy National Park, about two hours from Brisbane if you start in Noosa, this is an epic multiday hike in Queensland.
For a longer trek that encapsulates almost all of Queensland’s vast landscapes, you can’t go past the Cooloola Great Walk. This multi-day hiking adventure links the Noosa north shore all the way to Rainbow Beach.
At 102km, it’s one for your bucket list. It takes around 5-8 days to complete and you should have moderate navigation skills, moderate fitness levels and a few multi-day hikes under your belt. If you’re an inexperienced hiker (or new to Australia), it’s a good idea to join a guided tour.
One day you’ll experience tropical rainforest, the next you'll be trekking long, sandy beaches. Depending on the time of the year, the natural attractions include emus, echidnas and colourful wildflowers.
There are a few steep sections and some soft sand to tackle along the way, including the infamous Cooloola sand patch. At 1.2km, it’s not long, but it'll give your quads a workout.
There are also four walker camps spaced evenly along the way so you can sleep overnight. Spaces are limited, so you'll need to book in advance.
Remember to always prepare for any hike by checking the weather report, any safety restrictions at the local parks authority and that you have everything you need on your Hiking Gear List.