• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Running, Surfing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    328.1 Feet

Beach
Easy Parking
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Scenic
Wildlife

Discover one of the prime locations on Australia's west coast. Walk alongside the waves breaking on rocky beach and see tons of wildlife. It also offers amazing surfing off the crowded main beaches. Must-do for every nature lover driving down the West Coast!!!

Start your walk just at the North Park entrance, just right next to Noosa Main Beach. Your walk can be just a few hundred meters, but you might as well spend a whole day exploring this wonderful park.

The most recommendable option in this park is for sure the Coastal Track: just stay as close by the water as you can. At first, you will pass by Tea Tree Bay on your left. This wonderful stretch beside the sea offers surfing opportunities not far from any carparks, but is a lot less crowded.

Keep on walking. Soon, you will reach Dolphin Point, a wonderful lookout between Tea Tree Bay and Granite Bay. Take a break and enjoy the view. You want to take it slow during a warm day, the hot temperatures are not very beneficial...

After this, you find rocky Granite Bay next to you. Another famous surf location, this beach is already a lot less crowded. The no-swim zone and rough break might contribute to it. However, if you enjoy solitude, this place is perfect for you!

Finally, start your ascend towards Hell's Gate, the best lookout in the park. Far above the sea, standing on steep cliffs, you will be able to see all the surrounding coast. Added bonus: not a lot of people make it here, you can enjoy the view in tranquility. Late afternoon is the best time to be there. Make sure to have your camera ready.

From here, choose to either descend to Alexandria Beach, the long magnificent stretch of sand that you can see to your right when standing on the lookout or take the Tanglewood Track - through the woods- back to the park entrance.

All throughout the walk you will be able to spot wildlife. Mostly lizards and birds living on the ground, they appear practically everywhere. But if you are lucky and keep your eyes open, you can see a lot more: Looking down from the cliffs at Hell's Gate, I managed to spot a turtle surfacing just right there. At the same time, there were whales further out on the ocean!

Pack List

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, ...)
  • lots of water
  • camera
  • binoculars (to spot the wildlife)
  • towel - if you want to lie down on the rocky beach
  • surfboard
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Its a great trail for a run, lots of beautiful scenery and the up and downs give you a good work out! Good for a walk or hike as well with lots of places to swim or take in the beautiful coast line.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Benedikt Jürges

Based in Rotterdam, NL, I try to see as much of the world as possible. Passionate about hiking, photography, and road trips

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