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Fig Tree Point camping area

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Fig Tree Point camping area

Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access

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Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
World Heritage Area

Unwind among the open forests of eucalypts and fringing melaleucas on the upper Noosa River after a hard day’s walk or paddle.

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Enjoy shady camping at Fig Tree Point.
Enjoy shady camping at Fig Tree Point. Trevor Hatfield © Queensland Government
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Relish the beauty of the northern shore of Fig Tree Lake from your shaded camp site among scribbly gums, brush box, pink bloodwoods and swamp paperbarks. Relax for the night after a day’s hiking on the Cooloola Wilderness Trail or adventuring along the Upper Noosa River waterway in your boat, canoe or kayak. It’s just a short walk from the jetty and canoe landing to the camping area beside the Fig Tree Point day-use area.

While you're here, explore the Melaleuca circuit then head to the lake to throw in a fishing line or spot waterbirds such as cormorants, wood ducks, egrets, spoonbills and darters in the early morning or late afternoon.

At a glance

Camping layout: Separate unnumbered sites
Site surface: Sand
Camp sites are suitable for: Short walk to tent; Long hike to site
Facilities: picnic tables
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

Fig Tree Point camping area is in Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach (155–240km north of Brisbane).

  • The camping area is 2km north of the Kinaba Visitor Information Centre along the Upper Noosa River waterway.
  • You can access the camping area by the canoe from Elanda Point, boat from Boreen Point; or on foot along the Cooloola Wilderness Trail.
  • There is no road access to Fig Tree Point, except for emergency and management vehicles.
  • Commercial tour boats operate daily from Noosa and Tewantin. Canoes, kayaks and small boats can be hired from private operators at Boreen Point and Elanda Point.
  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

By canoe

  • Drive 1.4km on the access road to the Elanda Point car park and canoe launch area.
  • Paddle 4.5km (1hr) to the Kinaba Visitor Information Centre, then paddle a further 20mins north to the camping area.
  • Stay close to the shore line while paddling northwards. Plan to cross Lake Cootharaba early in the morning when conditions are likely to be calm and easy to travel.

By boat

  • Launch your boat from the Boreen Point boat ramp on Urunga Parade and follow the lake navigation markers out into deeper water and then head on a north-east trajectory towards the visible Cooloola Sandpatch in the distant landscape. When you approach a red navigational marker in the middle of the lake (opposite Elanda Point), turn on a near northerly trajectory to the channel markers through very shallow shoals to the Kinaba Visitor Information Centre, then travel a further 15mins north (6 knots maximum speed limit) to the camping area.
  • The trip is 7km and boats will take 15mins travel time at 6 knots maximum speed limit.
  • From Kinaba, travel a further 15mins north (6 knots maximum speed limit) to the Fig Tree Point day-use area.

Via the Wilderness trail

  • From the start of the Cooloola Wilderness trail at Elanda Point, walk 10.6km (3.5hrs) to the camping area.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Getting to Boreen Point and Elanda Point

  • From Brisbane drive 135km north on the Bruce Highway or the Sunshine Motorway to Tewantin; or from Gympie drive 58km south and east on the Bruce Highway to Tewantin.
  • From Tewantin drive 19km west and north via McKinnon Drive and Louis Bazzo Drive to Boreen Point. Turn left onto Lake Flat Road and drive 2km to the Elanda Point access road.

Road conditions

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities are provided. Assistance may be required.

When to visit

Opening hours

Fig Tree Point camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

Cooloola enjoys a mild, sub-tropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22–30°C in summer and 12–22°C in winter. The mean annual rainfall for the area is approximately 1400mm with the driest times between July and September.

Permits and fees

Camping permits

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

  • Please note: schools and other organised groups are required to make advanced bookings online.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Generally available. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks and forests.

  • Check the Cooloola Recreation Area conditions report prior to arrival for any park closures, fire prohibitions, warnings, tide times and beach and track conditions. Subscribe to the RSS feed to receive automated updates. (About RSS feeds).

  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Camping

  • Camping is only permitted in the defined camping area.
  • Generators are not permitted.
  • Keep noise to a minimum, especially after 9pm.
  • The maximum length of stay is 21 nights.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Drinking water

  • Tank water is available near the toilet block. Treat all water before use.
  • Water from the Noosa River is not suitable for drinking.

Open fires

  • Open fires are not allowed. Bring a fuel stove for cooking.

Rubbish

  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Pack your rubbish securely in rubbish bags and carry out of the recreation area.

Boating and fishing

  • Fishing restrictions apply to the protected coastal waters north of Double Island Point and including the Tin Can Inlet.
  • Commercial netting is not permitted in the Upper Noosa River and Kin Kin Creek.
  • Use lures rather than live bait to reduce the chance of harming freshwater turtles or eels.
  • Turtles can become trapped and drown in wire collapsible traps that have wider entrances than the round mesh crab pots—consider using more turtle-friendly crab pots and methods.
  • Use appropriate length of float line for depth and tide, and weight pots to reduce amount of loose line that can entangle turtles.

Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.

  • The area contains natural hazards. Take care and beware of submerged logs, overhanging branches and shallow water. Lake Cootharaba and Fig Tree Lake have very shallow waters.
  • Keep to the maximum speed of six knots and no wash. If vessels generate wash at 6 knots, please slow down. The reduced speed protects the riverbanks from erosion.
  • Personal water craft including jet skies are prohibited on Lake Cootharaba and the upper Noosa River.

Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Around water

  • Swimming is not recommended because visitors have been seriously injured or killed diving or jumping into water. All water bodies have hidden dangers that cannot be seen and may contain swift currents.
  • The river system, lakes and coastal beaches are not patrolled. The nearest patrolled beaches are at Rainbow Beach and Noosa Heads.

  • The area contains natural hazards. Take care when paddling and beware of submerged logs, overhanging branches and shallow water.
  • Sharks have been sighted in the river system, including Lake Cootharaba.
  • Plan to travel in the morning when conditions are likely to be calm; and stay close to the river banks. Stay clear of channel markers to allow passage for power boats.
  • If the river starts to rise quickly during large rainfall events, leave the area immediately otherwise you will be trapped in floodwaters.
  • Take care when crossing Fig Tree Lake. Follow the arrows on the river directional signs to traverse this wide lake.

Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

Bad weather and emergencies

  • For all life threatening emergencies (police, fire, ambulance), phone Triple Zero (000).
  • Tsunami, cyclones and extremely high tides may occur along coastal areas.
  • The Noosa River is also susceptible to flooding, cutting off escape routes.
  • Tune into a local radio station for updated warnings and advice. Be aware that an emergency alert may be received at any time.

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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