Glorious winter hiking in Noosa National Park

Noosa is a super popular holiday destination, and as we now live only some 45 minutes away, we’ve finally gone back last weekend to join just a few holidaymakers in traipsing about Noosa National Park.

I know I’ve said this a million times already but I’m going to say it again: I love winter in Queensland! The weather is glorious with blue skies, sunshine and at least 20 degrees every day, delicious!

So given the fantastic weather and since we’ve had a friend staying with us for the last week and half, off we went to Noosa National Park. Once there we had to realise that about 500 other people had exactly the same idea. Oh the fun! But at least not everybody wanted to traipse along the coastal track like we did…



Exploring Noosa National Park

Of all the national parks on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa National Park is the most stunning! Steep cliffs, clear turquoise water, tucked away coves, and if you’re lucky you might even spot some whales.

If you’re up for a big(ger) walk, take the Coastal Track (blue) along Tea Tree Bay to Hell’s Gates and all the way around to Sunshine Beach. The view at the end is brilliant! It’s about 11 km if you do the whole circuit but it’s a beautiful walk and it won’t feel that long.

The carpark in Noosa can get incredibly busy so be prepared to drive around for a while trying to find a spot. The other option is to start from Sunshine Beach. It’s much quieter but you’ll be faced with quite a few steps at the start of the walk.

Noosa National Park walking tracks. Image credit: Queensland National Parks.

We looped back via some of the walking track links and then the Tanglewood Track (orange). I’m still to explore the Noosa Hill Track (yellow) and complete the entire Tanglewood Track.

So here are some photos from our walk around Noosa National Park.


Dolphin Point looking onto Winch Cove


Looking back over Tea Tree Bay

Apart from some very nice looking beaches, we came across an echidna, woohoo! I love my Australian animals, I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of them (well, ok, snakes excepted…).


Hungry echidna… Way too busy eating to worry about all those onlookers staring at him!

From the echidna excitement, we went on to Hell’s Gates, a high bluff that has water crashing into the rock face. Someone told us that turtles feed on the rocks and hooray, I did see a turtle swimming happily in the water, getting rocked back and forth by the waves! πŸ™‚


Looking down into Hell’s Gates. The turtles apparently feed on the rocky outcrops here.


Hell’s Gates with views onto Alexandria Bay beach

I had this vague recollection that Alexandria Bay was one of the few nudist beach, and voila, it was. How is it that in 13 years of living in Australia I’d never been to a nudist beach but since moving to Queensland six months ago I’ve been to two?!! Whilst unofficially a nudist beach, Alexandria Bay also sprouts lots of surfers and beach goers so I didn’t feel too out of place in my t-shirt and shorts. πŸ™‚


Along Alexandria Bay


View onto Sunshine Beach with Mount Coolum on the horizon. You could actually see as far as Mooloolaba.

From the bottom of Sunshine Beach and the end of the coastal track be ready to climb a lot of stairs down (or up… phew, that’d be some good exercise!) We then took a fire management track back to Tanglewood Track. And in this case, the track is actually aptly named as there are indeed tanglewoods along the path. A great many of them. Lots of fun for people who’ve always wanted to feel like Tarzan… πŸ˜€


Tanglewood. Pretty cool.


So don’t miss Noosa National Park when you next come up to the Sunshine Coast for that relaxing holiday!

Noosa National Park offers some stunning walks, best of all the Coastal Track. Steep cliffs, turquoise blue water and endless views of Sunshine Beach! | 🌐 Queensland & Beyond


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