Just minutes away from Hastings St and Noosa Heads Beach, you’ll find Noosa National Park. When visiting Noosa, this is something that cannot be missed. Crystal blue water, white sand, breathtaking views and dolphins to sight, Noosa National Park offers some of Australia’s most beautiful scenic walks. There are 15 km worth of trails to explore, and we’ve got a rundown of the spots that can’t be missed.
What to Bring:
-Hat / Sunscreen / Sunglasses (Parts of the track are very exposed)
-Closed Shoes (Especially for the Tanglewood Track)
Coastal Track to Sunshine Beach
The coastal track is without a doubt unmissable. This needs to be added to your list. Take this track and you’ll be met with scenic views the entire way along. Watch the cluster of surfers trying to catch a wave and the stand-up paddle boarders travelling around the bay. Take a stop at Dolphin Point on your way up to Hell’s Gate, where if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to spot a few frolicking around.
From the park entrance Hell’s Gate is approximately 2.7km away. Trust us, don’t let the name deter you. Upon this scenic cliff you’ll find vast ocean views straight ahead, long sandy Alexandria Bay to one side and Laguna Bay to the other. Straight down, you’ll be met with the blowhole. Turtles are frequently spotted from this viewpoint, so take the time to catch your breath and enjoy the lookout.
Once you’ve soaked up these phenomenal views, continue walking down to Alexandria Bay. You’ll find this section of the track far quieter, with less people frequently opting for the longer walk (trust us, they’re missing out). Another 2.7km from Hell’s Gate will take you to Sunshine Beach. A beautiful beach featuring a long stretch of sand, often populated with surfers. Situated just off the beach, you’ll find the Sunshine Beach Surf Club, a spot which makes for the perfect lunch spot post walk. Or opt for one of the cafes on the main street, an easy 5 minute walk from the beach. Here you can catch the bus back to Noosa Heads too.
Witness the beautiful lush rainforest via the Tanglewood Track, a 4.2km walk through the thick tree canopy. Vastly different from the wide open coastal track, you’ll find yourself walking among thick ferns and tall gum trees. The end of this track leads out onto Alexandria Bay, where you can opt to turn around and return back through Tanglewood or instead walk up to Hell’s Gate and travel down via the coastal track.
So, while the prime motivation for a trip to Noosa may be to relax, exploring the National Park needs to be added to your holiday wishlist.