Written by Len. Images by Anon
Noosa National Park – Coastal Track
Hell’s Gate, Noosa National Park
Most visitors to Noosa would be familiar with the headlands section of Noosa National Park, only a short walk from Hastings Street.
Heading east from Hastings Street along the coastal boardwalk, past Little Cove Beach, you’ll soon arrive at the park entrance. It’s worth taking the time to check out the information centre and signage before you start.
This section of Noosa National park is a natural wonderland and a variety of walking tracks can be explored. For a short walk of a couple of kilometres, the coastal headland walk is ideal.
Tea Tree Bay, Noosa National Park
You’ll often see groups of people straining their necks gazing at koalas in the trees along the boardwalks. Dolphin and turtle sightings are also common and the sweeping coastal views are great for spotting whales in the season. The forest is a bird-watchers’ paradise with a plethora of birdlife calling the park home.
You’ll pass beautiful beaches at Tea Tree Bay and Granite Bay ideal for a cool dip. There are numerous lookouts including the ‘Boiling Point’ and spectacular ‘Hell’s Gate’ headland. From Hell’s Gate you can return via the coastal track or continue on to Alexandria Bay and Sunshine Beach or the Tanglewood forest Track (which also returns to the park entrance).
National Park signage
Noosa National Park was under threat from development, however due to the tenacity of the local community to see it protected, it became protected as a national park. We are very grateful to all the people and the sacrifices made to help protect this fragile part of the coast.
For an even shorter walk (only one hour) try the Palm Grove Circuit through beautiful coastal rainforest. This is also accessible from the park entrance.
Pandanus palm, Noosa National Park
Keep an eye on our upcoming editions for a story on the history of Noosa National Park and the people who helped protect it.