11 Secret spots to explore in Noosa

Noosa is filled with quiet coves, scenic trails and gorgeous swimming holes ready for you to explore. During your holiday, visit these eleven secret spots in Noosa to see some of the best natural attractions.

Dunethin Lake and Rock

For the road less travelled, escape to the Maroochy Wetlands. Here you will find this relaxing little spot to cast a line or bring a picnic and enjoy. Stop by at sunset for the most incredible colours over the water too.

Glasshouse Mountains Lookout

The Glasshouse Mountains have so many different viewpoints to access. Visit the lookout from Glasshouse-Woodford Road, showcasing landscapes across Brisbane and Moreton Island with just a short walking track to reach it. Another incredible view is from Wild Horse Mountain Lookout, which is a steep walk but provides 360-degree views across the region.

Platypus Bay, Fraser Island

On your visit to Fraser Island, a visit to Platypus Bay is in order. This stunning, quiet beach features untouched landscape made up of sun-bleached white sand and crystal turquoise water, and you won’t want to leave. Set in the northwest of the island, it is accessible by four-wheel drive or boat only.

Peregian Beach

This beach is a neighbouring suburb of Noosa Heads yet brings a wealth of entertainment. Peregian Beach is a local favourite made up of cafes and boutique shops. The best part is, the beach is patrolled every day of the year.

The Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail

The art gallery trail showcases the region’s best galleries and studios to explore. Spend a day moving between the different exhibitions. Visit the many public and private galleries across the Sunshine Coast to learn more about the local art scene.

The Noosa Everglades

During your holiday, don’t miss the incredible Noosa Everglades, which are just one of two systems in the world. The everglades extend out for 60 kilometres, and the water mirrors its reflection, home to a diverse array of fauna and flora. Explore the water by kayak to best experience nature up close.

Makepeace Island

Makepeace Island is a privately owned island by Sir Richard Branson. Take the ferry from Tewantin and stay the night at one of the exclusive villas. While the resort may set you back some cash, the experience will be well worth it. 

Alexandria Bay 

Nestled within Noosa National Park, Alexandria Bay’s secluded beach sits between Lion’s Rock and Hell’s Gate. This gorgeous beach is a beautiful place to stop by and enjoy on your walk, however, keep in mind that it is known as somewhat of a nudist beach too!

Tea Tree Bay

The beautiful Tea Tree Bay starts off the Coastal Track within Noosa National Park. This quiet cove is a little sanctuary, and with toilets nearby, you could easily spend an entire day here.

Mothar Rock Pools

These magnificent rock pools connect in with the Noosa Trail Network, which will take you on a scenic walk to the refreshing cools. For the best experience of the rock pools, aim to visit after there has been some significant rainfall.

Harry’s Hut

On your journey along the Noosa Everglades, visit Harry’s Hat; which is one of the only tracks accessible by four-wheel drive to reach the water. Set up camp in the forest with picnic tables, toilets and jetty.