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Poverty Point Road 4WD track

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Poverty Point Road 4WD track

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping

Legend

Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Wind your way over a rough sandy track through low-lying wallum wetlands and melaleuca and banksia woodland to the shores of Tin Can Bay.

Wind through low-lying wallum wetlands when you four-wheel drive along Poverty Point Road.
Wind through low-lying wallum wetlands when you four-wheel drive along Poverty Point Road. © Chris Whitelaw
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From Rainbow Beach Road take your 4WD along this unmarked sandy track to Poverty Point on the calm waters of Tin Can Inlet. In the warmer months, look for the magnificent yellow and red tubular flowers of Christmas bells in the wet heaths about halfway along the road. You’ll probably also see honeyeaters fluttering nearby.

Spend a restful day fishing in the sheltered waters of the estuary, and at high tide, you can fish straight from the camping area. Take your kayaks, canoes and rooftop tinnies out in search of the perfect fishing holes.  Stay the night in the Poverty Point camping area if one day is not enough.

At a glance

Distance: 12km return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 45mins driving time.
Grade: Sections of the track can become very soft in the dry periods. Some large puddles of water form after heavy rain.
Journey type: 4WD, Trail bike

Getting there and getting around

Poverty Point Road 4WD track 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 Poverty Point track is in the northern section of Cooloola, and leads from Rainbow Beach Road to the shore of Tin Can Bay.
  • You can access this track from Rainbow Beach Road near Rainbow Beach; you need a 4WD.
  • Vehicle access permits are not required for Poverty Point Road but may be required if traversing beaches and other inland tracks within the Cooloola Recreation Area.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Getting to Rainbow Beach

  • From Brisbane, drive about 160km north on the Bruce Highway towards Gympie. At the southern edge of Gympie, turn onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 42km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
  • From Maryborough, drive 57km south on the Cooloola Coast Road, then turn left onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 3.5km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.

From Rainbow Beach

  • From Rainbow Beach township drive along the Rainbow Beach Road for about 12.5km to the Poverty Point Road turnoff on your right and drive 6.3km on this rough sandy track to the Poverty Point camping area at the end of the track.

Road conditions

  • This track is suitable only for high-clearance 4WDs with low range gears. It is not suitable for caravans, campervans and motorhomes. Off-road camper trailers must have good clearance.
  • Cooloola's narrow inland sand tracks and beaches are rough and generally have dry powdery sand making driving difficult.
  • Sections of the track can become very soft in the dry periods. Some large puddles of water form after heavy rain.
  • 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).

  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

Poverty Point Road 4WD track is open 24 hours a day.

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

Vehicle access permit

  • A vehicle access permit is not required to traverse this road.

Camping permit

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Unreliable. 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.

  • 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

Drinking water

  • Drinking water is not provided. Bring your own drinking water.

Rubbish

Dump points

  • Bring a portable toilet, as toilets are not provided.
  • The nearest toilets are located at the Seary's Creek day-use area, a further 5.2km along Rainbow beach Road towards Rainbow Beach.
  • The nearest dump points for portable toilet waste disposal are at Tin Can Bay township, Coolum Beach, Tewantin and Gympie.

Driving

  • Consider carrying a Personal Locator Beacon especially if travelling into remote areas with no mobile phone reception.
  • Keep to the 20km/hr inland roads speed limit.

  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Boating and fishing

  • There are no boat launching facilities. Nearby council managed boat ramps are located at Carlo Point (Rainbow Beach) and Norman Point (Tin Can Bay).
  • Small roof top tinnies are popular for exploring fishing spots further afield. A sand track beyond the camping area winds a short distance to a sandy bank to launch your boat at high tide. The estuarine waters near the camping area are very shallow. Check local tide times for the nearby Snapper Creek at Tin Can Bay.
  • Tin Can Inlet is in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
  • If you're heading out on the water make sure you know your zones so you can follow the rules.
  • Fish in Tin Can Inlet near the camping area but be aware of the Great Sandy Marine Park green zone in Cooloola Creek to the east. You can't fish here as it is a no-take area.
  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • 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.

  • Swimming in the estuary is not recommended. Hazards include underwater logs and shallow banks.
  • Sharks are common in the estuary.

    Read be wildlife aware for important information about dangerous animals and plants.

  • Marine stingers may be present. Beware marine stingers.
  • There have been credible sightings of Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.estuarine crocodiles in waters of the Great Sandy Straits, including Tin Can Inlet.
  • Be croc-wise in croc country.

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.

Restricted access

Management tracks and firebreaks feed off the main route, observe all regulatory signage and do not enter restricted areas.

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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