The Cooloola National Park is an incredible diversity of landscapes, stretching from the north shore of the Noosa River, through open wallum heathland, to mangroves along Tin Can Bay. There are tropical rainforests, crystal clear lakes and mammoth coloured sand dunes, including the Carlo Sandblow. There are stunning beaches framed by high dunes, wildflowers, woodlands, blackbutt forest, tranquil lakes, waterways and rainforest.
You’ll require vehicle permits when travelling within the Cooloola National Park. Those permits extend travelling north of north head of the Noosa river to Middle Rocks, south-east of Rainbow Beach. travelling along the Freshwater track between Bymien and the beach, the Pettigrew Road – Eastern and Western firebreaks (Kings Bore Circuit) and the Leisha track.
Inskip Point access however requires no permits, nor the beach between Rainbow Beach town to Middle Rock, the 4 wheel drive track out to Poverty Point, the Cooloola Way, the 3 kilometres of unsealed Freshwater track from Rainbow Beach road turnoff to the Bymien picnic area. There is a vehicle-free area between the first cutting and the third cutting on southern Teewah Beach, a distance of about 2 and a half kilometres. Ensure you keep this area vehicle free. No domestic animals are allowed in the national park or most beaches within the Cooloola Recreation Area. Fees are affordable at $17.65 ($11.75 if purchased online) for one vehicle permit for a one day pass. A seven day pass is $29.65, a monthly pass is $46.65 and the yearly pass fee is $234.00.
Purchasing vehicle permits is easy as they available online anytime or by telephone at 137468 at the The Great Sandy Information Centre at Tewantin, the Shell Rainbow Beach, Manta-Ray Barge Rainbow Beach, the Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre, Rainbow Beach IGA Store, QPWS at Rainbow Beach. Please check NPSR WEBSITE for more information about the Cooloola Recreation Area. Here’s a helpful factsheet and map.