Things to do
To protect the natural values of this park, camping is not permitted.
Larger parks to the north, such as Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park and Burrum Coast National Park, are ideal for people seeking a coastal camping holiday.
There is a wide range of holiday accommodation, including camping and caravan parks, in and around Noosa Heads, Peregian Beach and Coolum Beach. For more information see the tourism information links.
- Walks in Noosa Headland section
- Walks in the Peregian section
- Walks in the Emu Mountain section
- Walks in the East Weyba section
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 and rollerblades are not allowed on any of the tracks within the park. Bike racks are provided in the day-use area (bring your own padlock).
Key to track standards
Use the walking track grades listed with each walking track description to choose walks suitable for your group's abilities and fitness levels.
Grade 1 track
- No bushwalking experience required.
- Flat, even surface with no steps or steep sections.
- Suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.
Grade 3 track
- Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
- Tracks may have short steep hill sections and a rough surface.
Grade 4 track
- Bushwalking experience recommended.
- Tracks may be long, rough, and very steep.
Explore over 15km of walking tracks marked with colour-coded directional signs. On hot summer days, the Tanglewood Walk and the Palm Grove Walk through rainforest, provide cool alternatives to the beach. The numbers in brackets before the walk name are map references.
(1) Palm Grove Walk
Distance: 1.1km return
Time: allow 15–30mins
Details: On a hot day, escape the sun for the densely-shaded rainforest on the Palm Grove Walk. Stroll along this short walk beneath the shade of elegant hoop pines and piccabeen palms.
This circuit starts from the day-use area, near the toilet block.
(2) Tanglewood Walk
Distance: 8km return (Alternatively continue to Hell's Gates and return via the Coastal Walk for a 7.1km circuit)
Time: allow 2–3hrs
Details: This is one of the park's more isolated inland walks. The track passes through rainforest and tall eucalypt forest, then climbs a gentle rise into shrub and heath country. It is a great place to get away from the busy Coastal Walk, especially if you enjoy running. The Tanglewood Walk begins beside the day-use area toilet and meets the Coastal Walk just before it reaches Hell’s Gates.
(3) Noosa Hill Walk
Distance: 2.8km return (Alternatively, return via a walking track link and the Tangelwood Walk, turning right at the junctions 3.7km circuit).
Time: allow 1–1.5hrs
Details: Climb to the crest of Noosa Hill, passing through shrublands dominated in places by she-oaks and grasstrees, and delicately-patterned scribbly gum forest. Views to the coast are restricted due to thick vegetation.
This track begins past the day-use area, just before the entrance to the Coastal Walk.
(4) Coastal Walk
Distance: 10.8km return
Time: allow 4hrs
From the day-use area to Dolphin Point the path is sealed and barrier-free—gradients exceed 1:10 (5.7 degrees) for short sections beyond Boiling Pot.
|300m one way to Boiling Pot|
|1.2km one way to Dolphin Point|
2.7km one way to Hell's Gates
|3.3km one way to the northern end of Sunshine Beach|
4.4km one way to southern end of Alexandria Bay
5.4km one way to Sunshine Beach
Caution: Take extra care near cliff edges and keep children under close supervision.
Details: Hugging close to the shoreline this walk takes in spectacular coastal scenery from the main park entrance to northern Sunshine Beach. It is the most popular walk in the park, be mindful that it can get very busy over weekends and holidays.
The first section of this walk features a sealed, barrier-free path to Dolphin Point, suitable for strollers. The path is suitable for assisted-wheelchair access for 300m to Boiling Pot, with gradients up to 1:14 (4.1 degrees). Beyond this, the 1.2km walk to Dolphin Point has gradients which exceed 1:10 (5.7 degrees) for short sections—on average 1:7 (8 degrees) with a 10m section of 1:5 (11 degrees).
Make your first stop at Boiling Pot, only a short distance along the walk. Situated atop a rocky outcrop, this lookout offers sweeping views north to the high coastal dunes of Cooloola section in Great Sandy National Park, and over a small beach known as Tea Tree Bay, popular with surfers. Do a bit of koala spotting as you continue on to Tea Tree Bay. There are toilets at the far end of this bay.
Journey on to Dolphin Point, boasting views of Granite Bay and neighbouring Winch and Picnic Cove. As the name suggests, stand at the point and see if you can spot a pod of passing dolphins. Turn around here to remain on the sealed path, or continue on an uneven, gravel and sand track leading to Hell’s Gates.
Once you reach Hell’s Gates you will be greeted with incredible coastal views unlike anything you’ve seen before.
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.
It is possible to catch a bus and walk outside the park between the Park Road entrance (1.2km walk to closest bus stop Noosa Heads station platform 1) and the Sunshine Beach park entrance (1.3km walk to Duke Street, Ed Webb Park bus stop). Bus timetables and fares are available at Translink.
- Take a virtual tour of the Coastal walk captured with Google Street View Trekker.
(5) Alexandria Bay Walk
Distance: 4.2km return
Time: allow 1hr
Details: Take a coastal walk from the southern edge of the park's Headland section, through picturesque eucalypt forest and sun-dappled heathland. Arrive at Alexandria Bay, with its sweeping beaches and surrounding rocky headland begging to be explored.
This walk begins from the Parkedge Road entrance. You can also access this track via walking track links:
- 370m one way to McAnally Drive
- 730m one way toTanglewood Walk
Ocean Beach Walk
Distance: 1km return
Time: allow 30mins
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.
Emu Mountain Summit Walk
Distance: 1.1km return
Time: allow 45mins–1hr
Details: Take a short, invigorating walk up Emu Mountain Summit Walk (71m) to witness 360 degree panoramic views. The track is steep in places and can be slippery when damp, so take care where you step. In spring, the montane heath boasts a colourful array of wildflowers. Several threatened plants also grow here and are considered local treasures. Keen botanists can look for Bancroft’s red gum and the largest population of Emu Mountain she-oak Allocasuarina emuina.
Distance: 2.4km return
Time: allow 1hr
Details: Hakea shrubs, with distinctive woody seed pods, are common along this walk. Early morning and dusk provide wonderful opportunities for birdwatching, but be safe and never walk alone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is recommended that you only swim at patrolled beaches at Noosa Heads and Sunshine Beach.