Noosa is famous for its pristine beaches, alfresco eateries, luxury boutiques and laid-back beach holiday vibe. It’s also renowned for its close proximity to the beautiful Noosa National Park, with its rainforests and coastal bush, remote beaches, breath-taking views, and incredibly rugged coastline dotted with banksia and Pandanus palms.
At only a short 15 minute walk from Emerald Resort to the park entrance it’s easy to spend a half or full day exploring the many walking trails that criss-cross the park and be home in time for a delicious meal at one of Noosa’s amazing restaurants and cafes.
There are more than 15 kilometres of walking tracks in Noosa National Park so it’s best to refer to a map to decide which one to take. The walks are graded and range from easy through to more difficult so which one you take will depend on your level of fitness and the amount of time you have.
You can’t go past the Coastal Walk if you want to experience the best of the park with its incredible views, and lookouts where you can take photos of the rugged coastline. It’s just under 11 kilometres return in length so will take you about 4 hours. This walk not only showcases the natural scenery of the Noosa National Park but will get your heart racing in sections and definitely get your steps in for the day! The walk starts at the end of Park Road, at Noosa Heads. Access is available by walking from Hastings Street along the boardwalk, past Little Cove, until you reach the Noosa National Park carpark.
The first section takes you past Boiling Pot with its swirling water to Dolphin Point, where you might be lucky enough to spot a dolphin pod. This is the only sealed of the track and after this the track is ungraded so is not suitable for strollers or anyone in an assisted wheelchair. If you are keen to keep walking you will reach the magically named Fairy Pools with its rocky tidal pools, and then on to Hell’s Gate where you will be rewarded for your efforts with stunning coastal views. The park is home to some of Australia’s amazing wildlife including the koala, glossy black-cockatoo, ground parrot, and red goshawk so keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready.
Still feeling energetic? Other Noosa National Park trails you might like to try include:
– Tanglewood Track – 8km return (2-3 hours)
– Noosa Hill Walk – 2.8km return (1-1.5 hours)
– Ocean Beach Walk – 1km return (30 mins)
– Palm Grove Walk – 1.1km return (15-20 mins)
– Emu Mountain Summit Walk – 1.1km return (45 mins to 1 hour)
– Alexandria Bay Walk – 4.2km return (1 hour)
– Hakea Walk – 2.4km return (1 hour)
If you are short on time you can visit Laguna Lookout. Be prepared, as you’ll need to walk 1.2kms up a steep hill with loads of steps. Once at the top you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views out over the coast, the Noosa River mouth and the Noosa’s Main Beach. The lookout is at the end of Viewland Drive.
It’s good to go prepared so take some water, snacks, sunscreen, good walking shoes, a fully charged mobile and a map. For further details about the walks, maps and how to get there, visit: Noosa National Park.
Emerald Resort Noosa is located on famous Hastings Street and is only steps to Main Beach and the boardwalk that winds its way beside Park Road to Noosa National Park. It’s the perfect base for your Noosa Queensland holiday.