Noosa coastal track
Leave your worries and cares behind as you take in the breathtaking scenery of the Noosa coastline. 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 we recommend a leisurely stroll along the coastal track. This is an easy 5.2km round trip which begins and ends on Noosa Main Beach and follows the coast to Hells Gate; offering unrivalled views in all directions.
Discover hidden beaches, spot surfers, dolphins, turtles, and even humpback whales as you look out to the glimmering pacific ocean; but don’t forget to look up – those fuzzy little koalas are too adorable to miss. Look out for other tourists huddled at the bottom of gum trees; this is a sure-fire way to find Koalas.
Tewantin national park
Just 6km from Tewantin, Tewantin National Park offers an easy walk up Mt Tinbeerwah. To find the car park follow signs for the lookout of Mount Tinbeerwah Road. 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; and gain truly magnificent 360-degree views over Noosa, the pacific ocean, and the glasshouse mountains.
If you’re craving some more impressive views and a real workout; make your way to Mount Coolum national park to embark on a walk to the summit of Mt Coolum. Just 3.5km from Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum car park is accessed from Tanah Street West (off David Low Way).
Mt Coolum, is actually extinct volcano formed 26 million years ago. Much like the Glass House Mountains, a volcanic plug is all that remains of the volcano. The plug or volcanic neck was created when volcanic magma hardened within the volcano; after millions of years of erosion, we are left with the Mt Coolum visible today.
The walk to the summit is steep but short at 1.6km return and begins in the forest of Mt Coolum National park. As you venture to the top, take time to admire vast flora and fauna species; and the array of tropical birds gliding alongside you. At the top take in breathtaking views of the sparkling pacific ocean. When you have finished your walk, return to the car park; what better way to cool of than to drink a much needed fresh juice at the Mountain Juice and Coffee stand.
Noosa national park
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. If you are driving, parking can sometimes be difficult in the National Park car park; so we recommend getting there as early as possible.
Once in the park, there are numerous scenic walking trails to choose from; varying in distance and ranging from easy to moderate. Admire the sub-tropical rainforest flora such as Queensland brush box trees, banksias and giant kauri pines. Pause to take in the unrivalled views of Noosa’s stunning beaches such as Tea Tree Bay, Granite Bay and Alexandria Bay; if you happen to have your swimming gear why not cool off with a quick dip in the ocean.
Try walking through the national park from Noosa Heads to Sunshine Beach which is 10.8km there and back; however you could choose to take the bus back if you don’t feel like exerting yourself so much. It’s always a good idea to pack a picnic to enjoy one of the many picnic areas or lookout points.
For more information about walking trails in the National Park click here.
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 walk will take you to Gympie Terrace which runs along the river; offering fun for all ages with pontoons, SUPs and kayaks available to hire. Stop for your caffeine hit or something to eat in one of the many coffee shops and restaurants featured along Gympie Terrace.
For a longer walk, you can walk as far as Tewantin Marina. On your way back make use of the free BBQs and cook some delicious dinner; whilst the sun begins to sets over the dazzling blue Noosa river. Why not dip your toes in and watch the rainbow lorikeets flocking to their roosting spots for the night.