Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Noosa National Park
What's special?South-east Queensland’s only stretch of undisturbed, rocky coastline and the largest wallum heath remnant close to Brisbane make Noosa National Park one of the state’s most picturesque parks.
Open woodlands with a heath understorey and low wallum heath cover most of the park. Hoop and kauri pines tower above small rainforest pockets growing on sand in sheltered sites away from the sea breezes.
The park includes the popular scenic headland near Noosa Heads, parts of Lake Weyba, a large shallow, saltwater lake in the Noosa River system, and coastal lowlands extending south towards Coolum.
Exploring NoosaHave a picnic overlooking beautiful Laguna Bay with its sweeping views from Noosa to Cooloola. Electric barbecues, toilets, drinking water and picnic tables are provided. Parking is limited, especially at weekends and holiday times.
Go for a walk. See coastal rock formations, such as the Boiling Pot and Hells Gates, pandanus-lined Teatree Bay, rocky Granite Bay, historic Winch Cove and the sweeping beach of Alexandria Bay. The beaches, though inviting, are not patrolled. Alexandria Bay often has rips. Please be very careful. Toilets are provided at Teatree Bay and an emergency phone is located at the northern end of Alexandria Bay.
Escape the crowds and the summer heat on the Tanglewood track and rainforest circuit in the Noosa Headland Section. Walk through the heath at Peregian.
Explore the Weyba sections of the park on the fire trails only. During World War II, this area was a training ground and unexploded ordnance may be present. Contact the ranger before visiting this part of the park. Maps are not available.
Camping is not allowed in the park but there is plenty of private accommodation nearby. A camping and caravan park is at Munna Point, Noosaville.
Learn about the park or buy light refreshments and field guides at the information centre near the park entrance at Noosa Heads. The centre is open 9am to 3pm seven days a week.
WalkingThe best way to enjoy Noosa’s special attractions is bushwalking. Wear a hat and sunscreen and take drinking water. You can also explore along fire trails. Be very careful around cliff edges. Never walk alone in the park.
AccessibilitySafety signs at track entrances are in German and Japanese as well as English.
Getting thereNoosa National Park is about two hours’ drive north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Motorway or one hour south of Gympie via Cooroy and Tewantin.
The Noosa Headland Section is a 10-minute walk from Hastings Street, Noosa, along the coastal boardwalk or a short drive along Park Road. Access is also from Parkedge Road and McAnally Drive, Sunshine Beach. Parking is restricted at McAnally Drive.
The Peregian Section is next to the David Low Way, 3km north of Coolum. Contact the ranger before visiting the Weyba sections of the park.
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