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Walking in Noosa – from coast to mountain-tops and National Parks

Walking in Noosa – from coast to mountain-tops and National Parks

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Walking in Noosa can take you from the popular coastal tracks of Noosa National Park to remote eucalypt forests and giant sand dunes on the Cooloola Great Walk, and from mountain lookouts to the hinterland tracks of the Noosa Trail Network. Cross the world’s only adjoining UNESCO-recognised Biosphere Reserves (Noosa and the Great Sandy), and combine your walk with swimming, surfing, bird-watching, canoeing, cycling or running.

Walk with sand between your toes or in full hiking gear. Share tracks with surfers, joggers and visitors from around the world, or escape to the solitude of hidden subtropical rainforests.

Spend the nights in luxury beachfront apartments, hinterland cottages or camp under the Milky Way. Walking in Noosa is an adventure that has it all!

Cooloola Great Walk

The Cooloola Great Walk links Noosa North Shore with Rainbow Beach, about 100km of hidden rainforests, coastal woodland and heath-clad plains, traversing the Noosa Everglades(one of only two everglades systems in the world), giant dunes and coastal cliffs – all with stunning views.

Tropical Treks Guided Bushwalks & Birdwatching
now offers an exclusive five-day Cooloola Great Walk experience in groups of up to six people – see spring wildflowers and ancient eucalypts, golden sunsets – and very few people!

Whether you’re about to embark on your Cooloola Great Walk or have just completed it, take the ferry over Noosa River to Beach Road Holiday Homes (pictured above) on Noosa North Shore, set on 10ha and fringed by 68,000ha of bushland, unspoilt beaches, river and lakes at the gateway to the Cooloola Great Sandy National Park. It’s the perfect location for a nature-based holiday, and their luxury, architect-designed and eco-inspired homes for 2-10 guests will help your body prepare or relax – the perfect location for a nature-based holiday. 

At the end of your trek, Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort (right), a boutique apartment complex with panoramic ocean views to World Heritage listed Fraser Island (K’gari), is the ideal retreat nestled against the national park. Emerge from the forest to a sanctuary where luxury meets nature and the forest meets the sea.

Noosa Trail Network

Eight scenic hinterland trails make up the Noosa Trail Network, just half an hour from Noosa’s beaches, traversing country towns of Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin through farmlands, forests and spectacular mountain lookouts.

The Great Noosa Trail Walk on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (29 September to 1 October 2018) takes walkers through this beautiful countryside with time to enjoy the landscape, local cafes, antique shops and nightly country hospitality. Bookings open in July.

Noosa National Park

Warm up for your Noosa walk and experience the Noosa National Park, one of Australia’s most popular and accessible – from Noosa Headland that juts into Laguna Bay, to spring wildflowers, coastal rainforest, a mountain summit walk and heathland tracks.

Easy to moderate walking tracks wind along the coast with spectacular views to Noosa North Shore and rocky outlooks that are home to turtles, dolphins and other native animals. Also see whales from June to October.

Or take the Noosa Hill track, Palm Grove Circuit or Tanglewood Track and link through to Alexandria Bay and Sunshine Beach.

The southern section of Noosa National Park covers Emu Mountain, Peregian Beach and a summit walk to Mt Coolum.

Noosa Country Drive

A Noosa Country Drive takes you to the heart of the Noosa hinterland, the ideal launch for your Noosa walks and dotted with lakes, lookouts and scenic trails.

Historic towns welcome you with cafés, galleries, farm gates and markets. Stay in lakefront cottages, B&Bs, health retreats or glamp under Noosa’s starry skies.

Pick up a map from Noosa Visitor Information Centres.

Stay at Eumundi Mountain Retreat (below) which offers a range of bush trail walks and is surrounded by mountains, lookouts, waterfalls, ocean views, wildlife, creeks, cafés, pubs and plenty of local characters to meet. Choose from a 1.5 hour trail to a full day walk. Your guide Janet is a storyteller and experienced bush walker and horse rider.

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