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About Noosa

Getting there and getting around

Find out about Noosa National Park by visiting the outdoor display in the Headland section day-use area. Photo: Trevor Hatfield, NPRSR.

Find out about Noosa National Park by visiting the outdoor display in the Headland section day-use area. Photo: Trevor Hatfield, NPRSR.

The Coastal track to Dolphin Point is wheelchair and stroller accessible. This image shows an uphill section of the track close to Dolphin Point. Photo: Ross Naumann.

The Coastal track to Dolphin Point is wheelchair and stroller accessible. This image shows an uphill section of the track close to Dolphin Point. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Noosa is 160 km north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Motorway.

Headland section

The Noosa Headland section of Noosa National Park is at the end of Park Road, Noosa Heads. Access is available by walking from Hastings Street along the seaside boardwalk, enjoying the ocean views, or by catching the local shuttle bus to the national park during peak holiday periods. There is limited parking space at the national park car park.

There is also access to the Noosa Headland section from Parkedge Road and the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Parking is limited.

Laguna lookout is accessed from the end of Viewland Drive, in Noosa Heads.

Peregian section

Access is from David Low Way, 3 km north of Coolum and 4 km south of Peregian.

Emu Mountain section

Access is from David Low Way, 4 km north of Coolum and 3 km south of Peregian.

East Weyba section

Access is from David Low Way, at Marcus Beach, 2.5 km north of Peregian. From David Low Way, turn into Podargus Parade and into Calliandra Grove or continue to the Hawthorne Grove access point.

Wheelchair accessibility

In the Noosa Headland section, the Coastal track from the information centre to Dolphin Point is paved and suitable for assisted wheelchair and stroller access. Wheelchair accessible toilets are provided at the day-use area and Tea Tree Bay.

Park features

Granite Bay, Noosa National Park, Headland section. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Granite Bay, Noosa National Park, Headland section. Photo: Ross Naumann.

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 and accommodation

Camping

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.

Other accommodation

There is a wide range of holiday accommodation, including camping and caravan parks, in and around Noosa, Peregian and Coolum. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

View of Hells Gates, Coastal Track. Photo: Trevor Hatfield, NPRSR.

View of Hells Gates, Coastal Track. Photo: Trevor Hatfield, NPRSR.

Koalas are often seen in trees near the day-use area and along the walking tracks. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Koalas are often seen in trees near the day-use area and along the walking tracks. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Noosa Hill track. Photo Ross Naumann.

Noosa Hill track. Photo Ross Naumann.

Melaleuca woodland, sedgeland and low heath feature in Peregian section. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Melaleuca woodland, sedgeland and low heath feature in Peregian section. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Emu Mountain summit. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Emu Mountain summit. Photo: Ross Naumann.

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.

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.

Class 2 track Australian Standards
  • Easy level, well-graded track, suitable for all fitness levels.
Class 3 track Australian Standards
  • Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.
Class 4 track Australian Standards
  • Track may be narrow, with steep exposed inclines or many steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.

Walks in the Noosa Headland section

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. The numbers in brackets before the track name are map (PDF, 186K)* references.

(1) Palm Grove circuit (Class 3)

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 (Class 4)

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 (Class 4)

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 (Class 2, 3 & 4)

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 (Class 4)

Disatance: 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.

Walks in the Peregian section

Ocean track (Class 3)

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 summit walk (Class 4)

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 (Class 4)

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.

Things to know before you go

The coastal track to Dolphin Point is wheelchair and pram accessible. Always walk with a group or in sight of another group. Photo: Ross Naumann

The coastal track to Dolphin Point is wheelchair and pram accessible. Always walk with a group or in sight of another group. Photo: Ross Naumann

Essentials to bring

  • Bring adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone.
  • For walking, wear suitable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.
  • Bring a camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.

Opening hours

For your safety, walk in Noosa National Park in daylight hours only (see staying safe).

Permits and fees

Large groups and commercial users will need to obtain a group activity or commercial activity permit.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Noosa National Park.

Climate and weather

Noosa enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 21 to 29 °C in summer and 10 to 21 °C in winter. For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available in Noosa Heads and nearby towns. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

  • 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. There have been serious assaults in this park.
  • Be prepared for your walk, especially in hot weather. Wear a hat and sunscreen, carry sufficient water, and allow adequate time to complete the walk in daylight hours. Suitable sturdy footwear is recommended.
  • Be aware that beaches surrounding Noosa National Park are not patrolled by surf lifesavers. Swimming here is not recommended.
  • Stay away from cliff edges and supervise children at all times.
  • Ensure that you lock your vehicle and remove all valuables, including garage remote controls. Do not leave valuables unattended.
  • Be aware that mobile phone reception is not reliable in all areas of the park.
  • Emergency radios are located on the Coastal track at the northern entrance to Alexandria Bay and on the Alexandria Bay track where it accesses the beach.
  • Please report details of unusual activity or illegal camp sites to the police.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Many species depend on Noosa National Park for food, shelter and survival. Help protect their habitat by being a minimal impact visitor. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Many species depend on Noosa National Park for food, shelter and survival. Help protect their habitat by being a minimal impact visitor. Photo: Ross Naumann.

You can help protect the park by following these guidelines.

  • Leave your pets at home; they are prohibited in the national park. Pets can frighten or kill wildlife, annoy other visitors or become lost.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Everything within the national park is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants or animals.
  • Take your rubbish out of the park for appropriate disposal.
  • Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades are not allowed on any of the tracks within the park.
  • Stay on tracks. Do not cut corners or create new tracks, as this causes erosion.
  • Keep out of the fenced dune area behind Alexandria Bay, as this area erodes easily.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Originally declared in 1939, Noosa National Park covers approximately 3,000 ha and includes areas surrounding Lake Weyba, Emu Mountain, Peregian and Coolum. As the coast becomes more developed, this park is becoming increasingly important for nature conservation and protects a significant number of threatened species.

A management plan (PDF, 299K)* for Noosa National Park guides the management of the area.

Tourism information links

Noosa National Park Information Centre—managed by the Noosa Parks Association
Located within Noosa National Park beside the Park Road entrance car park.
Open from 9.15 am to 4.45 pm, seven days a week.
ph (07) 5447 3522

Parkyn's Hut Information Centre
www.visitnoosa.com.au
Poinciana Ave, Tewantin Qld 4565
ph (07) 5449 7353
email info@visitnoosa.com.au

Noosa Visitor Information Centre
www.visitnoosa.com.au
Hastings Street (opposite the roundabout), Noosa Heads Qld 4567
ph (07) 5430 5000 or 1300 NOOSA (66672)
email info@visitnoosa.com.au

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see www.queenslandholidays.com.au

Further information

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Last updated
17 August 2012