Kinaba Track

3 h 30 min to 5 h

12.4 km
return

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Easy track
Starting from Elanda Point Road, Como, this walk takes you to the Kinaba Information Centre and the foreshore of Lake Cootharaba via the Kinaba Track, visiting several lookouts along the way. Expect to see heaps of bird species as you make your way through the lovely paperbarks and cabbage palms. You’ll get great views of the lake, especially at the mangrove boardwalk at the end. Interpretive signs at the said boardwalk will inform you about the history of the area. You can also take a little detour and visit Mill Point for a panoramic point of view. Try to spot some stingrays whilst taking in the scenery. This shady walk is pretty empty most of the time, including the information centre. Keep in mind that the information centre is also accessible by boat. Take a strong mozzie (Australian term for mosquito) repellent with you to have a better experience. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Elanda Point Road & Cooloola Wilderness Trail (-26.2568315,152.9944747)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bruce Highway, M1
  • Turn on to then drive for 420 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 and drive for another 280 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Old Bruce Highway and drive for another 1.9 km
  • Turn right onto Pioneer Road and drive for another 2 km
  • Turn right onto Reserve Street and drive for another 1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Reserve Street and drive for another 270 m
  • Turn left onto Factory Street and drive for another 1.9 km
  • Turn right onto Louis Bazzo Drive and drive for another 17.2 km
  • Turn left onto Lake Flat Road and drive for another 2.1 km
  • Turn right onto Elanda Point Road and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Continue onto Elanda Point Road and drive for another 65 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Elanda Point Road (480 metres southwest of the Habitat Noosa Hotel), head north along the Cooloola Wilderness Trail as you move away from the road and the lake. Continue straight at the 4-way intersection and cross the wide fire trail. Follow the same trail as you keep the lake to your right to continue along the Kinaba Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Elanda Point Road & Cooloola Wilderness Trail Start heading along Cooloola Wilderness Trail (a footpath).
Find the sign at the start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 225 m continue straight, to head along Cooloola Wilderness Trail.
After another 340 m continue straight, to head along Cooloola Wilderness Trail.
After another 75 m turn right, to head along Cooloola Wilderness Trail.
After another 500 m continue straight, to head along Cooloola Wilderness Trail.
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Cooloola Wilderness Trail.
After another 15 m pass the sign (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to Mill Point lookout where you can get great views of Lake Cootharaba. Expect around a 20-minute addition to your walk time (out & back). To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 470 m (at the intersection of Mill Point Trail & Cooloola Wilderness Trail) continue straight, to head along Cooloola Wilderness Trail.
Then pass the sign (on your right).
After another 430 m continue straight, to head along Cooloola Wilderness Trail.
After another 850 m pass the sign (on your left).
At the intersection of Kinaba Track & Cooloola Wilderness Trail turn right, to head along Kinaba Track (a walking track).
After another 3.2 km continue straight.
After another 35 m pass the "Kinaba Information Centre".
After another 20 m come to the "Kinaba Information Centre" (7 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 35 m pass the toilet (8 m on your right). This toilet is male and female.
After another 85 m pass the sign (on your right).
Veer left.
After another 25 m come to a viewpoint.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 6.2 km to get back to the start.

An optional side trip taking you to Mill Point lookout where you can get great views of Lake Cootharaba. Expect around a 20-minute addition to your walk time (out & back).
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Mill Point Trail & Cooloola Wilderness Trail Start heading along Mill Point Trail (a walking track).
Find the sign at the start.
After another 320 m continue straight, to head along Mill Point Trail.
After another 400 m come to "Mill Point".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 720 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Kinaba Track


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 12.4 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 5 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 6.1 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
6.1 km[toilet]
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