Noosa National Park

Occupying the headland at Noosa, the National Park encompasses a rocky wild coastline dotted with sheltered beaches and coves. A series of tracks through the National Park offer visitors a chance to explore tranquil rainforest, open forest, Wallum headlands, scrubland and grass lands. The park entrance is located a short distance from Noosa town centre, which explains why it is one of Australia's most visited national parks.

Some of South East Queensland's most picturesque coastline can be seen in Noosa National Park. The park includes the popular scenic headland at Noosa Heads, heath plains and high dunes around Lake Weyba (a large, shallow, saltwater lake in the Noosa River system), Emu Mountain and coastal lowlands extending south towards Coolum.

The park is home to vulnerable and endangered wildlife such as the glossy black-cockatoo, ground parrot, koala, red goshawk, wallum froglet, swamp orchid and Christmas bells. Open woodlands with a heath understorey and low wallum heath cover most of the park. Hoop and kauri pines tower above small rainforest pockets growing on sand in sheltered sites away from the sea breezes.

Camping: To protect the natural values of this park, camping is not permitted.

Walking

Several easy to moderate walking tracks wind along the coast, through rainforest and open woodlands and across colourful wallum heath and sedgelands. Longer tracks lead out through open forest and heath, where a great variety of wildflowers can be observed in winter and spring. Be prepared for your walk, especially in hot weather. Wear a hat and sunscreen, bring sufficient water, and allow adequate time to complete the walk. Suitable, sturdy footwear is recommended.

There have been serious assaults in this park. Never walk alone; always walk with a group or in sight of another group. Stay on marked walking tracks and walk in daylight hours only.Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades etc are not allowed on any of the tracks within the park.

Walks in the Noosa Headland section

Noosa Headland section walking tracks map (PDF, 186K)*

Explore over 15 km of walking tracks marked with colour-coded signposts. On hot summer days, the Tanglewood track and the Palm Grove circuit through rainforest, provide cool alternatives to the beach.

(1) Palm Grove circuit

Distance: 1 km circuit
Time: allow 15–30 minutes
Details: From the day-use area, walk through rainforest with hoop pines and piccabeen palms.

(2) Tanglewood track

Distance: 3.8 km on way (continue to Hell's Gates and return via the Coastal track for a 6.9 km circuit)
Time: allow 2–3 hours
Details: One of the park's more isolated inland walks, this track meanders through rainforest, open eucalypt woodlands and closed woodlands to northern Alexandria Bay. Return to the day-use area on the Coastal track. The Tanglewood track begins beside the toilet block in the day-use area.

(3) Noosa Hill track

Distance: 2.4 km one way (continue to the day-use area via the Tanglewood track for a 3.4 km circuit
Time: allow 1–1.5 hours
Distance: A steady grade leads through open eucalypt woodlands and shrublands to the top of Noosa Hill. Views to the coast are restricted due to thick vegetation. This track begins past the information display, just before the entrance to the Coastal track.

(4) Coastal track

Distance: 5.4 km one-way
Time: allow 2–3 hours
1 km to Dolphin Point (Class 2); 1.7 km from Dolphin Point to Hell's Gates (Class 3); 2.7 km from Hell’s Gates to northern Sunshine Beach (Class 4).

Details: Skirting the shoreline from the main park entrance to northern Sunshine Beach, the Coastal track passes over several headlands and provides many spectacular coastal views. Take extra care near cliff edges and keep children under close supervision. Walk along the beach at Alexandria Bay and rejoin the formed walking track at the southern end of the beach. There is a very steep set of stairs leading down to Sunshine Beach.

You can walk the Coastal track from Noosa to Sunshine Beach and catch a bus back. You’ll need to walk 1.2 km further south along the beach to the bus stop outside the Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club. For bus connection details contact TransLink

(5) Alexandria Bay track

Distance: 4.6 km return
Time: allow 1–2 hours
Details: From Parkedge Road, a sandy track winds through open woodlands and heathlands to Alexandria Bay. You can also access this track via the Tanglewood track and from McAnally Drive.


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Walks in the Peregian section

Emu Mountain and Peregian section walking tracks map (PDF, 109K)*

Ocean track

Distance: 1 km return
Time: allow 30 minutes
Details: This short walk to the beach leads across a boardwalk through paperbark swamp and sedgelands and down a sandy track to heathland and she-oak forests. Discover colourful wildflowers and dune plants such as dune bean and pigface.

Walks in the Emu Mountain section

Emu Mountain and Peregian section walking tracks map (PDF, 109K)*

Emu Mountain summit walk

Distance: 850 m return
Time: allow 1 hour
Details: Take a short walk to the summit to see panoramic views of the coast. The grade is steep in places, so take care. The montane heathland displays a colourful array of wildflowers. Several threatened plants can be found here, including the Emu Mountain she-oak Allocasuarina emuina.

Hakea track

Distance: 1.8 km return
Time: allow 1 hour
Details: Hakea shrubs, with distinctive woody seed pods, are common along this walk.

Walks in the East Weyba section

Unmarked walking tracks (allow 1–2 hrs)

There are no formal walking tracks in the East Weyba section, but there are several kilometres of fire management tracks. Please walk only on the fire management tracks, do not walk off-track at any time as unexploded ammunition can be found in this area. During World War II, this area was a military training ground. The diverse heaths exhibit a kaleidoscope of colour in late winter and spring. This is a great spot for birdwatching so bring your binoculars.

Picnic and day-use areas

Have a picnic overlooking beautiful Laguna Bay with its sweeping views from Noosa to Cooloola. The day-use area is located at the end of Park Road, in Noosa Headland section. Picnic tables, electric barbecues, drinking water and public toilets are provided. An outdoor information display tells stories about the parks features, values and cultural heritage.

Toilets and tap water are provided near Tea Tree Bay.

Viewing wildlife

Lace monitors, honeyeaters and koalas may be seen while you are walking on Noosa's tracks or in the day-use area. Early mornings and dusk provide good opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife observation.

Between June and November, humpback whales can be glimpsed as they cruise past the coastline on their way to and from northern breeding grounds. The best spots to watch the whales are Dolphin Point and Hell's Gates. Turtles and dolphins are often seen from these points.

Swimming

It is recommended that you only swim at patrolled beaches at Noosa Heads and Sunshine Beach.

Be aware that beaches surrounding Noosa National Park are not patrolled by surf lifesavers and swimming is not recommended.

Strong currents and surf are particularly dangerous at Alexandria Bay.

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