Just minutes away from Hastings St and Noosa Heads Beach, youll 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 Australias most beautiful scenic walks. There are 15 km worth of trails to explore, and weve got a rundown of the spots that cant 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 youll 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 Hells Gate, where if youre lucky enough, youll be able to spot a few frolicking around.
From the park entrance Hells Gate is approximately 2.7km away. Trust us, dont let the name deter you. Upon this scenic cliff youll find vast ocean views straight ahead, long sandy Alexandria Bay to one side and Laguna Bay to the other. Straight down, youll 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 youve soaked up these phenomenal views, continue walking down to Alexandria Bay. Youll 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 Hells 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, youll 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, youll 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 Hells 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.