Cooloola Recreation Area is the southern of two sections of the Great Sandy National Park in Queensland. In March 2020, just prior to Covid-19 restrictions, I visited this part of the Cooloola Wilderness.
The Cooloola Great Walk - Third Beach Cutting.
This 102-Km bushwalking trail runs along the east coast via the high sand dunes. It winds through tall eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains.
Survey mark on, and sign to, Mt Seawah.
Brahminy Walkers’ camp is located on an elevated heathland area. This camp site gives superb views south to Noosa, west to Lake Cootharaba. The features of the mainland are also prominent - from Cooroy Mountain, Mt Cooroora and Mt Pinbarren around to Woondum National Park.
The remote Wandi waterhole sits amidst the tall eucalypt and scribbly gum woodlands and banksia forests on the deep sandy soils, and the low wallum heath on the shallows.
Mill Point is a heritage-listed historical site. It used to be an early settlers’ sawmill and small township.There’s an old chimney by a big mango tree, a fig tree even emerging from the ruins, the lid of a well, some tank stands, an old boiler by the beach, and tram lines into the lake.