Noosa National Park remains one of the most idyllic destinations, boasting waters that cast shades of turquoise amongst a backdrop of pandanus trees. With roughly 1 million visits per year, it’s no wonder this national park tops every travel goer’s list as a ticket to paradise, providing both thrill-seekers and sunbathers alike something to cherish.
Located just 160km north of Brisbane, Noosa National Park sits on the Sunshine Coast and is divided into four sections including the Headland Section, Peregian Section, Emu Mountain Section, and the East Weyba Section. Start your journey into the national park at the Headland Section at the end of Park Road.
Be sure to visit the information center where you’ll find trail maps, water, and where you can spot a koala (or two!). The most popular trail is the 5.4km Coastal Track that winds along the beach, with stopping points to view dolphins and breaching whales during their migration season from August to November. Up until Dolphin Point, the trail is paved for wheelchair and stroller access before turning into a dirt track.
Weave your way to Boiling Pot first on the trail, famous for its views of Tea Tree Bay. Then onward to Dolphin Point and Granite Bay for picturesque views and swims in delicate tidal pools more famously known as ‘fairy pools’. If you do decide to take a dip, be cautious as the beaches are not patrolled and currents can be unpredictable.
A lengthier hike of 5.2k round trip will take you to Hell’s Gate, an immense sandstone cave where you can watch for turtles that often swim in this area. Even further still, sits a more secluded Alexandria Bay, also known for its unmarked nudist beaches at the most southerly end.
Noosa National Park provides an escape for everyone seeking to experience the best of Australia’s wildlife and ocean views. With rainforests sitting at the edge of pristine beaches in one of the most accessible national parks, you’ll find yourself fully immersed in its beauty the moment you set foot on the trail.
The Noosa River connects directly to the Pacific Ocean and is one of the main attractions of the Noosa region. There are five lakes situated off the river, and it ties Noosa Heads to Noosaville. The river plays a vital role in migratory bird life, and also acts as a beautiful swimming hole and a popular location for water sports.
The river can be explored multiple ways, for a comfortable and calm approach, take a ferry from Noosaville to Hastings Street. Or for adrenaline seekers stop along the river and hire a vessel for the day. Choose from a jet ski, stand up paddle board, boat or kayak; whatever suits your adventure style.
Grab a kayak and self navigate the area and get a chance to experience the beautiful nooks and coves along with natural wildlife in the area. The river provides 40km of pristine waterways, so you can spend hours on end exploring. Pack some lunch and spend the day exploring the canals getting up close and personal with native wildlife and have the chance to swim in pristine waters.
If you prefer to leave navigating the river to the professionals, opt for one of the many river tours, which offer a more guided and in-depth exploration of the river. The cruises will take you all the way down to the river mouth and through the canal system. Here you can witness Noosa’s incredible luxury mansions and national park set on the river side by side.
For fishing enthusiasts, experience fishing safaris straight from the locals taking you upstream to the best spots in the area. The river is home to bream, whiting, trevally, mangrove jack and flathead as well as many other offshore species like black kingfish and red emperor.
The stunning Noosa River is an incredible natural attraction worth visiting while you’re in Noosaville or Noosa Heads. The river provides a choice of adventure styles; whether it’s hiring a boat, stand up paddle boarding or merely having a lazy coffee on the waterfront, take some time out to connect and experience the water.
Tewantin National Park is made up of diverse, subtropical rainforest with a mix of eucalyptus forest and endangered swamp stringy bark. The park is 13 square kilometres and just west of Noosa Heads, and the entrance is via Noosa-Cooroy Road.
The park has two recreational areas - Mount Tinbeerwah and Wooroi. At Wooroi you can enjoy a picnic amongst the incredible towering trees with tables and tap water available. Otherwise from Tinbeerwah Road, at the Mount Tinbeerwah day-use area you’ll have access to picnic tables and toilets. You may have some two-legged, winged friends approaching you (birdlife) but be mindful of keeping your food away from them, as feeding them can disrupt their natural habitat and potentially harm them. Mount Tinbeerwah has 130km of a sealed track which makes it accessible for wheelchairs too. Along the walk look out for native wildlife like echidnas, wallabies and wallum froglets. Listen to the sound of birdcalls and look up for eastern whip birds and black cockatoos. If you’re partial to spending the night in nature, unfortunately, camping is not allowed in Tewantin National Park. However, you can still get your fix at other nearby parks like Cooloola Recreation Area, or Great Sandy National Park.
The park is suitable for all fitness types, and the walking tracks have been graded to help identify fitness levels. The Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout track provides a great vantage point of the iconic Glass House Mountains in the distance.
For an adrenaline-boosting experience, the park has a range of mountain biking tracks (graded in levels of difficulty), horse riding tracks along with abseiling and rock climbing options too. Abseiling and rock climbing is recommended only for experienced and equipped adventurers and is accessible behind the safety fence adjacent to the Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout track. The park also has a well-known koala habitat, but you’ll have to look carefully as they're often nestled cozily into trees.
Make the most of incredible views across Noosa’s coast at Tewantin National Park, and from Mount Tinbeerwah lookout enjoy dramatic 360-degree views across the river and forest.
Leave your worries and cares behind as you take in the breathtaking scenery of Noosa. It’s time to slow down and relax as you realise that you’re in paradise – and it only gets better. No visit to this beautiful area is complete without a walk along the postcard-perfect beaches, however, to get the most out of it may we recommend a leisurely stroll along the coastal track? This easy 7km return trip begins and ends on Noosa Main Beach and follows the coast, offering unrivalled views to those lucky enough to enjoy them. Discover hidden beaches and spot surfers, dolphins, turtles, and even humpback whales as you look out to the glimmering ocean; but don’t forget to look up – those fuzzy little koalas are too adorable to miss.
Just 15 minutes from Noosa Heads, Tewantin National Park offers an incredible walk up Mt Tinbeerwah. The first section of this 1km hike has pram and wheelchair access, allowing everyone to enjoy the delightful coastal views from the first lookout. Continue onwards to reach the fire tower lookout, where you will be treated to truly magnificent 360-degree views over Noosa, the pacific ocean, and the glasshouse mountains.
If you’re craving more astounding views, make your way to Mount Coolum national park to embark on the summit walk. This easy 1.6km return trip begins in the forest. As you venture to the top, take time to admire the endangered fauna species and the array of tropical birds gliding alongside. When you reach the top you will be rewarded with astounding views over the ocean and beyond as falcons fly overhead.
If you’re keen for more walking, then add Noosa National Park to your holiday bucket list. This magnificent area of outstanding natural beauty is a 15-minute walk from Hastings Street, and once in the park, you will be spoilt for choice by a large number of tempting scenic walks available, varying in distance and ranging from easy to moderate. Admire the exotic flora as you make your way through the sub-tropical rainforest, and pause to take in the unrivalled views of Noosa Beach and Sunshine Beach. Pack a picnic to enjoy in one of the many picnic areas in beautiful open woodland.
For a short, relaxing walk, look no further than Noosa River. Begin at the river mouth and wander along the winding paved footpaths, taking in the breathtaking views and local wildlife. The track will take you up to Gympie Terrace offering fun for all ages with sailboats, SUPs and much more, before leading you along the esplanade to the Tewantin Marina. On your way back make use of the free BBQs and cook some delicious dinner to enjoy whilst the sun begins to set over the beautiful scene in front of you, treating you to an exquisite view. Dip your toes into the river to cool off as you watch the rainbow lorikeets flocking to their roosting spots for the night.
When in Noosa, we highly recommend leaving the car behind and exploring this beautiful area on two wheels. Whatever your cycling skill level, Noosa has a perfect place to pedal for everyone, with delightful coastal paths, tropical rainforest tracks, challenging mountain biking routes, and everything in between. The gorgeous natural environment creates the ideal backdrop to any bike ride.
Enjoy a relaxing riverfront cycle along the Noosa River, ending at the Tewantin marina for incredible scenic views and local flora and fauna. Cycling is also a fantastic way to see the charming coastline of Noosa, with white sand as far as the eye can see along the eastern beaches. The surf beaches trail is a 23km return trip which follows the coast and allows cyclists to remain on a bicycle track away from traffic. During the winter months, you may even be lucky enough to see migrating humpback whales as you pass by.
For the mountain bikers amongst us, Mt Tinbeerwah in Tewantin National Park is not to be missed. You will be treated to breathtaking 360-degree views from the waves to the wilderness, before venturing along the Woorai trails through the stunning sub-tropical rainforest.
The Noosa Trail Network offers 100km of magnificent tracks through the hinterland, varying in length and terrain to suit different fitness and experience levels. Winding trails will take you to remarkable lookouts, National parks, and country pubs, with exotic plants and local wildlife along the way.
Check the calendar prior to your arrival, as Noosa hosts a variety of exciting cycling events, ranging from family fun days to the world’s largest triathlon. You can even test your skills on the 40km tri course. After departing from Noosa Heads, you’ll make your way along the lovely river, past Lake Macdonald, and venture towards the delightful hinterland town of Cooroy.
Alternatively, an array of guided tours are available, showcasing the best of cycling in Noosa for those who can’t decide where to go. If you can’t bring your bike with you, take advantage of the mountain bikes, road bikes, electric bikes and children’s bikes available to hire.
The diverse and magnificent part of Australia's South-East QLD is the Sunshine Coast region, widely known for its perfect all-year-around weather, green lush hinterlands, and stunning beaches.
Located on the beautiful shores of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is a shining start of the region and one of the most popular surfing spots in QLD. Noosa has recently become a hot destination, a busy hub for shopping, dining and outdoor activities with all the facilities conveniently located within the reach. Offering glorious national parks, countless fishing spots, and swimming lakes, this place makes a perfect holiday destination without the hefty expense.
Camping in Noosa is an affordable way to experience this magnificence seaside location. Although not all of us are naturally born bush lovers, camping is certainly a preferred way to holiday amongst families with children. Blending with nature is a great way to unwind and recharge whether you're a newbie to camping or an old-timer. So definitely set up your tent in one of the suggested below locations and go exploring the National Park or enjoy a simple walk along one of Noosa's magnificent beaches.
4 Top Noosa's Camp Sites:
1. One of the best spots to pitch your tent is undoubtedly Noosa North Shore Campsite. One of the three Noosa Council Campgrounds, surrounded by the National Park, the campsite is situated on the north shore of Noosa River making it a great getaway for fishing, surfing, bushwalking, and beach walking or 4wheel driving.
2. Another great accommodation for your camp is the Noosa River Holiday Park. As the name suggests, the holiday grounds are located on the river offering direct access to the beach with plenty of water activities to experience.
3. Boreen Point Campground is located within the Noosa Shire, on white sandy shores of Lake Cootharaba, a popular fishing and sailing spot.
4. Habitat Noosa Everglade Ecocamp is a unique river waterfront accommodation spread out on 65 acres of manicured landscapes inside the National Park. Choose your perfect camping style from Paperbark glamping tents to the Premium waterfront campsites - you don't even need to bring your own tent!
Sails Restaurant was established in 1994 and has been evolving ever since, endeavouring to maintain a high standard in all aspects of cuisine and hospitality.
In 1997 Head Chef, Paul Leete, joined Sails and to this day presents menus with a strong focus on premium quality, fresh, seasonal produce grown and prepared with integrity.
Alongside the best the Sunshine Coast region has to offer, we have also sourced exemplary produce from all corners of Australia.
Although first class produce comes at a premium, we believe the quality and integrity of the food we serve to be at the core of our values and what gives us a point of difference.
Both the food and venue are complemented by an award winning wine list, where three working cellars house one of the largest wine collections in Australia.
A Noosa institution serving tasty burgers and deserts, this is the first of what would become many Betty's Burgers established across Australia.
Just a short drive from iconic Hastings Street, Rickys River Bar and Restaurant encapsulates the coastal and chic Noosa lifestyle. Our stunning waterfront location on Noosa River offers uninterrupted views, gorgeous sunsets and a stylish setting for a relaxed lunch or romantic dinner.
The River Bar is an elegant space to unwind after a full day of exploring Noosa, while our restaurant offers a stylish setting for a memorable evening.
Rickys menu has a strong focus on showcasing local produce, which is best enjoyed with our six-course tasting menu with matching wines. Rickys can cater to any event from weddings to corporate functions and offers indoor and outdoor seating.
Our private jetty means you can also arrive via ferry, water taxi or gondola to really make it a visit to remember.