Noosa Heads National Park, Sunshine Coast

Noosa Heads National Park is possibly the most urban national park in all of Australia, starting just a few minutes walk from the end of the main street at Noosa Heads.

There are a number of walks, or parts of walks, that can be done from either end of the park. While the northern end opens out of Noosa Heads township the southern end is reached from Sunshine Beach, and the stunning white sandy beach at Alexandria Bay. If you’ve only got a few hours we suggest visiting from the Noosa Heads end and following the coastal path up to Hells Gates and the Fairy Pools.

The first portion of the track is to wheelchair and baby stroller standard, making it a fabulous option for those who can’t always reach such beautiful places. From the first lookout to Hells Gates the track is still easy, but much narrower. The views at the top are beautiful.

If you’re there in winter, the high season and best time to visit, watch out to sea as the migrating whales that pass by blow their telltale flumes of spray in the distance. It’s a real treat to watch them slowly glide along the coast out at sea.

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