Noosa Walking Trails

Some tourists travel thousands of kilometres and come home with only pictures of themselves standing by the hotel pool but Noosa is a holiday photographers dream! No matter where you stay in the area, there are roads and paths that will lead to somewhere beautiful.

Tea Tree Bay

Tea Tree Bay

Did you know that there is now a National Walking Trail stretching from Noosa all the way to Cairns? It would take about two months to walk it of course, so for those on a short holiday we suggest a brisk morning stroll through the National Park to Alexandria Bay. You will encounter so many postcard moments – the beauty almost seems staged Crystal clear water, dolphins and sea turtles, smooth round boulders, rock pools and at the very end of the track the sea rolling and heaving against the jagged cliff walls at Hells Gate.

You can sit here all day and watch the changing scene below also the perfect vantage point for whale spotting take a picnic and stay a while, or reward your effort when you return with a long, lazy lunch in Hastings Street… you wont even know what the hotel pool looked like!

Discover the Noosa North Shore

If you don’t like crowded beaches, put your car on the ferry and head across the river to the Noosa North Shore. This pristine wilderness area extends from the Noosa River mouth for 80 kms to the lighthouse at Double Island Point. There are many activities on offer  book a trail ride at the world class Equestrian Centre and explore the bush and beach on horseback, or try a camel trek for a more unique experience. Take your beach rod great fun and good catches when the Taylor are running.

The Sunshine Coast Hang Gliding Club use a cliff platform half way up the beach to launch their flights always a thrill to watch. Surf to your hearts content without anyone dropping in on you, just pick a spot. Watch the migrating whales leap and spout just 100 meters from the sand, dolphins and turtles pass by and try to catch a glimpse of the elusive black dingo.

If you intend staying for a few days, there are several accommodation choices.  If you do not have a four wheel drive, stay at the Noosa North Shore Resort or one of two caravan/camping grounds serviced by sealed roads with all amenities and easy beach access. If you have a four wheel drive, you can rent a great beach house in Teewah, drive up the sandy highway to the Freshwater camp ground offering facilities such as toilets, showers and fresh water but for the best experience, take a tent and set up in the sand dunes, light a camp fire and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.

A visit to Double Island Point and a walk to the lighthouse is a must. The headland has a good right hand break popular with surfers and lots of rocks on the waterline, ideal for spear fishing or snorkeling. As you climb the hill toward the lighthouse, you can see for miles down the beach and lots of sea life in the crystal clear water.

sample3A four wheel drive access road, the Leisha track, cuts through rainforest sections across the range just before Double Island Point and brings you to the southern end of Rainbow Beach. The difference from one side of the point to the other is astounding. You will encounter a quiet bay full of sailing craft and fisherman as opposed to the rolling surf on the other side. Driving north, you will pass the Murrawar Lookout with spectacular views and the Carlow Sandblow, a moonscape sand mass overlooking the beautiful coloured sands.

The little coastal township of Rainbow Beach is a great place for lunch and services the popular family camping spot, Inskip Point. The Ferry to Fraser Island leaves from the beach here daily.

 

Surfing in Noosa

As you enter the Sunshine Coast you start to notice surfboards in all shapes and sizes, and that’s probably the best way to describe those that ride them too! At any hour of the day you will see the big Mals sliding across the swell at the points in Laguna Bay….the more experienced Hanging  and beginners just hanging on!

If you’ve never surfed before, Noosa is a great place to learn with plenty of empty stretches of beach perfect for practice. If you want to get a bit of an edge, book in to one of our Surf  Schools for a lesson.  No waves? No problem hire a paddle board instead.

Dining

Out for a bite

Noosa Hastings Street Restaurants
Noosa and Hastings Street in particular is renowned for its cosmopolitan cafe culture.

Lining both sides of Hastings Street are fine dining restaurants, casual dining restaurants and cafes, take-away stores and even a food court. There’s a whole bunch of choices.

On Hastings Street restaurants highly recommended include Gaston’s Bar & Bistro and Cafe Le Monde for cafe style dining, Bistro C does contemporary Australian and Sails Restaurant for fine dining beachside.  For the Italian lover Locale serves up the some of the best contemporary Italian in Noosa.