Arriving at Noosa National Park was like arriving in an entirely new world. It was our second day in Australia, and we were already blown away by the uniqueness. The vegetation was different, the land was different, the animals were different (I learned what pademelons were only when one hopped out in front of us!) and even the sounds were different. I woke up early that morning to the sounds of the rainforest, excited at the day ahead. We were lucky to spend our day exploring the top Noosa National Park Walk: The Coastal Track.
Noosa National Park is located in the town of Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. The general climate there is subtropical, hence the name “Sunshine” Coast. There is a lot of sunshine, and a whole lot of humid heat. Although it was not sunny the entire walk, we had to keep our shoulders covered and wear a wide brimmed hat to survive the humid Queensland weather.
The park is free to enter, and offers many different walking tracks for visitors to enjoy. Some cross through forests, one climbs up a hill, and one offers a coastline walk. The top Noosa National Park Walk is by far The Coastal Track. The entire walk is 11 km roundtrip, and took us most of the day to complete. We did not complete the entirety of the track, but stopped at Alexandra Bay and headed back the way we had come. With lookouts, beaches and various other stops on your way, it would be best to give yourself an entire day to enjoy all the track has to offer.
Here is a recap of our journey along the Coastal Track:
Although this is not technically part of the Noosa National Park Walk, we began our journey here. We parked in the lots within the main area of Noosa, and walked through the town admiring the cute shops. I had the absolute best smoothie I have ever had at Blended Health Bar, which included dragonfruit, mandarin, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, and coconut water. Energized, we walked to the main beach, up some stairs, and came upon Little Cove.
It is such a picturesque spot. I recommend visiting at low tide, as during high tide there is no beach access. We were able to access the beach and swim, while watching the surfers that were further out from the shore. It set the bar very high for the rest of our day!
Boiling Point Lookout
We entered the park by walking down a boardwalk next to the road, and came upon the visitor centre. There we encountered the large and terrifying but harmless Huntsman Spiders, as well as a whole bunch of bush turkeys.
As we walked through the forest there were gum trees everywhere. As a native species to Australia, I will be forever mesmerized by these unique trees that provide a home for koalas.
Our next stop was Boiling Point Lookout. It was nothing too special. The main feature is that under the right conditions, the water rises up through the rock to create a “boiling pot”. We spent little to no time here, but it was clear by looking up ahead that we were in for a treat!
Tea Tree Bay
This spot was a gem, not only for the beach, but because of the trees! Tea Tree Bay is aptly named after the tea trees, which emit a beautiful smell. The trees were gnarled and looked like something otherworldly. While descending through the trees and onto the beach, a smell resembling essential oil was all around. To my delight, I was shown that rubbing the leaves between your fingers creates your own personal tea tree scent.
The beach itself was gorgeous, and we found a spot on one side that was pretty empty. In comparison to the beaches we had seen so far on the Noosa National Park Walk, this one had sand that was much more golden. It was a beautiful rest from our walk!
Dolphin Point Lookout
Unfortunately we did not see any dolphins here, but the water was a magnificent color. The contrast between the water color and the black rock was amazing, and definitely one of the coolest views in the park.
The next part of the Noosa National Park Walk is Granite Bay, and after this the elevation gains as the track climbs further and further up the coast. The views start to get pretty unreal as you get higher and higher.
This was the destination that I was looking the most forward to, as I had seen the cool pictures all over Instagram of people floating in the crystal clear Fairy Pools. Although it is not an official location of the park, if you look closely enough there are signs that will point you in the right direction.
The Fairy Pools were a disappointment, because on our way there and on our way back the tide seemed to be too high to take advantage of them. Upon discovering them I was happy that there was no other souls in sight, but quickly realized that meant it was too good to be true. There must be a reason why this Instagram famous spot was empty. The pools are filled by the water of the waves, which means during high tide they are a whirlpool of ocean water. Not a great idea to swim in them then. If I could do it again, I would make sure to keep track of tides, to take advantage of the pools!
This lookout was the highest part above the coast, and was a scary look down into thrashing water. Not only was it a far drop, it was also extremely windy. So windy in fact that I had to hold my hat by its string to keep it from flying away. I was amazed by the trees that resided right on the cliffs, bending to the will of the wind.
The view from here was amazing, as you could see Alexandra Bay in the distance. The long stretch of beach looked so inviting that we decided we would head down to the beach. It was the best decision we made that day.
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Our last spot of the day was arguably the best. The beach was long, and it was empty. We set up a hammock and got to relaxing. I spent quite a bit of time just listening to the waves and remarking on the beauty of the beach.
*Note: At certain times of the year there are warnings against Marine Stingers (jellyfish). They can cause quite a bit of pain with their stings. While there were no warnings while we visited, we did see many blue bottle jellyfish washed ashore at Alexandria Bay.
After walking for hours and hours in the sun, we were famished. On our first trip abroad as vegetarians, we were worried about finding something filling to eat in town. I am happy to report that we found an amazing option! Betty’s Burgers offered outdoor seating covered in shade, as well as an amazing mushroom burger that included crisp fried mushrooms filled with melted Gouda and Gruyére cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Betty’s special sauce. A look at their Instagram page will leave you wanting to make a trip to the Sunshine Coast just to get your hands on their amazing burgers!!!
Our day was absolutely amazing. The beaches were serene, the lookouts provided amazing views, and the plants and wildlife we encountered along the way were an added treat. If you are someone that is interested in exploring coastlines, then the best Noosa National Park Walk for you is the Coastal Walk!
Want more Australia? Check out our day trip to Moreton Island!
Until next time,
A Truthful Traveler