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Cooloola Recreation Area Tours

Cooloola Recreation Area
Massive sand dunes, rocky cliffs, saltwater beaches, thick wooded forests, wildflower patches and freshwater lakes make Cooloola Recreation Area the perfect place to escape the bustle of Queensland and get back to nature. From family-friendly tent camps to remote bush sites, Cooloola offers travelers a low-key, high-quality Outback experience that’s certain to be a trip highlight.

Miles of walking trails and hiking passes wind through Cooloola. Visitors can spend a few hours trekking along one of the circuits, or take an overnight hike to one of the park’s scenic overlooks. But perhaps the most popular activity in Cooloola Recreation Area is canoeing on the upper Noosa River. A number of popular routes link visitors to campsites, fishing points and hiking paths, where wildlife viewing is at its peak.

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Cooloola Recreation Area is located north of Brisbane between the coastal towns of Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended and access permits are required on beaches and some inland roads. A Noosa River ferry operates daily between 5:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. and allows access to the beach and Noosa North Shore. 
Address: Cooloola Recreation Area, Cooloola, Queensland, Australia
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The Great Beach Drive: 4WD Tour Between Noosa and Rainbow Beach4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

The Great Beach Drive: 4WD Tour Between Noosa and Rainbow Beach

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Soak up the sun, sea and sand of Australia’s famous Sunshine Coast on this 6-hour off-road adventure, including hotel pick-up. Hop on a 4WD and zip along the sands between Noosa and Rainbow Beach. Stop to admire the scenery of the Great Sandy National Park, take in the views from Double Island Point and snap photos of the dramatic Red Canyon and Coloured Sands. After a delicious lunch, cool off with a dip in the Pacific Ocean and get a chance to glimpse dolphins, whales and sea turtles.
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2-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Brisbane or the Gold CoastOvernight Tours

2-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

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Discover the natural beauty of Fraser Island on a 2-day guided tour — an ideal getaway for nature lovers. Stop at the stunning beach in Cooloola Recreation Area on the way, then enjoy offroading on Seventy-Five Mile Beach to the Maheno shipwreck when you arrive at Fraser Island. Your knowledgeable guide shows you all the highlights, including swimming spots at Lake Birrabeen, Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek, and lush rainforest walks at Pile Valley, Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek. Includes one night at a comfortable beach resort.
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5-Day Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef TourMulti-day Tours

5-Day Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef Tour

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Immerse yourself in Australia’s natural wonders on a 5-day combination tour of Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. On Fraser Island, go four-wheeling on Seventy-Five Mile beach, hike in the rainforest, and splash at Eli Creek and Lake Birrabeen. Then, cruise to Lady Musgrave Island for snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Visit the world's largest turtle research center (April to October), watch the Mon Repos turtle conservation talk (November to March), or spot humpback whales (June to November). You can even add scuba diving and deep-sea fishing (additional expense). Round-trip transport from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, most meals, and accommodations included as you explore Queensland’s wilderness by day and relax at beach resorts by night.
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