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A Walk Around Noosa Headland

  • November 10, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
  • 22 Comments
A Walk Around Noosa Headland

One of my favourite things to do when I’m visiting a place is walking and exploring the natural environment. Recently I attended a work retreat in Noosa Heads for 3 days and had the opportunity to walk around Noosa Headland in the Noosa National Park, a walk that I have enjoyed on two previous occasions.

This scenic walk that traces the coastline around the headland is a must do when you are visiting Noosa Heads, with an abundance of flora and fauna and secluded little bays with beaches where you can stop for a dip.

Entry Sign to the Headland Section of Noosa National Park

Entry Sign to the Headland Section of Noosa National Park

My trek around Noosa Headland, a distance of 7 km return, commenced at Park Road, off Hastings Street, where a boardwalk ascends up to the entrance to the National Park. Less than a kilometre into the walk you will encounter Little Cove, a lovely little beach that can be accessed just off the boardwalk.

Little Cove Beach

Little Cove Beach

The coastal track initially comprises of boardwalks and concrete pavement but then becomes a dirt track with some rocky sections.

Noosa Headland Path

Noosa Headland Path

As you walk around the headland there are magnificent views over Boiling Point, Tea Tree Bay, Dolphin Point and Winch Cove.

Winch Cove

Winch Cove

A section of the walkway fringes the edge of the headland affording gorgeous views of the secluded bays and beaches.

Scenic Path around the Headland

Scenic Path around the Headland

There are a couple lookouts where you can rest for a while and take in stunning views of the seas and rocks beneath.

Views from one of the lookouts on the walk

Views from one of the lookouts on the walk

Most of the beaches and bays have stair access so that you can walk down to explore and maybe take a dip in the crystal clear waters.

Steps down to Tea Tree Bay

Steps down to Tea Tree Bay

Parts of the headland have interesting rock formations with amazing colours and shapes that erosion has formed over millions of years.

Rock Formations at Boiling Point

Rock Formations at Boiling Point

The walk terminates at the point aptly named Hells Gates because of its steep cliffs and deep crevasse.

The Deep Crevasse of Hells Gates

The Deep Crevasse of Hells Gates

From Hells Gates you get magical views of Alexandria Bay which is a remote and stunning beach and is renowned as a clothing optional beach.

Views over Beautiful Alexandria Bay

Views over Beautiful Alexandria Bay

There are over 15km of walking tracks to explore on Noosa Headland which are marked with colour-coded signposts. On hot summer days, the Tanglewood track and the Palm Grove circuit through rainforest, provide cool alternatives to the coastal track. An Information Hut in the National Park provides all the details you need prior to embarking on your walk, including bottles of water.

Noosa National Park Information Hut

Noosa National Park Information Hut

I can’t think of a better way of loving life than getting out into the great outdoors and taking a walk or hike. It meets all the criteria of relaxation: fresh air, stunning scenery, immersion in nature and gentle exercise. I can highly recommend it!

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Have you walked the Noosa Headland? Where else have you enjoyed a scenic walk?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Johanna from Lifestyle Fifty
Deb from Debbish
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age


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By 50 Shades, November 10, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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22 Comments
  • Deborah
    November 10, 2016

    Stunning photographs Kathy and what a gorgeous place. I’m on the Fraser Coast but not spent any time at Noosa at all. My trips to the Sunshine Coast have all been pretty fleeting and I’ve really not done any exploring. It looks like a tranquil and beautiful spot.

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2016

      The Fraser Coast is beautiful. We co-owned a little holiday shack at a little fishing village called Boonooroo many years ago. We would love to camp on Fraser Island at some stage as it has been years since we were there. The Sunshine Coast does have a lot to offer with many gorgeous beaches and lots of walking trails. :)

  • Lyndall @ SeizeTheDayProject
    November 10, 2016

    Beautiful pics of a gorgeous walk Kathy. I’ve been on part of this walk, but we got rained out and had to turn back. Great to see you had better weather on the day you took your lovely shots! #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2016

      The weather was perfect on the weekend with the bluest of skies and gorgeous colours of the sea creating spectacular photos. This walk is extremely popular with locals and visitors. It was extremely crowded but it was a great way to start the day. :)

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    November 10, 2016

    I’ve done that walk many times. It’s gorgeous isn’t it? Great photo’s Kathy! What a lovely place to have a work retreat! #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2016

      It is a fabulous walk Min. I was very fortunate to stay up on the hill overlooking Hastings Street and Main Beach in a 4 bedroom villa. Apart from a long meeting on Friday, we more or less had the rest of the 3 day stay to ourselves. We also went to Eumundi Markets on Saturday morning and dined at the sumptuous Spirit House Restaurant at Yandina. No wonder I’m lovin’ life!

  • Anne
    November 10, 2016

    I love nature walks and that one looks amazing!

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2016

      Nature walks are the best Anne. The Noosa National Park does offer a great variety of walks, but the headland coastal track is my favourite. :)

  • Jo
    November 10, 2016

    Loved your photos which brought back lovely memories of a trip we did to Noosa in 2009 – I can’t believe it was so long ago. We walked around the Heads and I loved every moment. The sub tropical scenery, the beaches, the views – magic!

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2016

      Noosa is a wonderful holiday spot. It has the best of both world’s – beautiful beaches and a rainforested headland with marvellous walking tracks. Plus it has great shopping and dining! :)

  • Sue
    November 10, 2016

    These photos are stunning Kathy and I love Noosa although we don’t head up the Coast very often. The National Park is beautiful and my son-in-law has a special spot there where he surfs when they go north. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos you have made my day happier.

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2016

      Thanks Sue. I do enjoy spending time in Noosa but my favourite Sunshine Coast spot is Coolum where our daughter lives. It is a lot less hectic than Noosa and has some beautiful virtually untouched beaches. We also like to climb Mount Coolum on our visits which is a pretty challenging walk. :)

  • Janet Camilleri
    November 10, 2016

    I haven’t been to Noosa in many years. I remember going to Granite Beach as a young un’ with family – is it still a nudist beach?!!! I wonder!!!

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2016

      I think the nudists have moved further around to Alexandria Bay. Well so I was told! It is a very pretty walk with lots of lovely little beaches to stop at and have a dip. :)

  • Jan
    November 11, 2016

    Kathy, your photos are, as always, so inviting. The walk is now firmly on our list for next time x

    • Kathy
      November 11, 2016

      Yes you should do this walk for the scenery alone. You don’t have to do the entire 7 kms, you can just walk as far as you like. It is one of my favourite things to do in Noosa. :)

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    November 11, 2016

    Oh Noosa, how I love you!!!! My retirement wish (if I ever actually retire). That walk is the bomb.
    #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo Tracey
    November 12, 2016

    Ok, that walk has made it onto my Sunshine Coast must do list. Thanks for posting. Visiting from loving’ life.

    • Kathy
      November 13, 2016

      Yes this walk is a must do when you’re visiting the Sunshine Coast. There is nothing better than a scenic walk around a coastal path. :)

  • kathymarris
    November 12, 2016

    Yes Noosa is a lovely spot in Queensland but I prefer Coolum further south. There are so many great coastal walks on the Sunny Coast ?

  • Jane
    November 14, 2016

    we are looking forward to heading through Noosa next year, shall keep your post handy on Pinterest. What a gorgeous place!

    • Kathy
      November 14, 2016

      Noosa can be a bit touristy and overpriced, but if you look further afield you can find some more remote and uncrowded spots. The Headland walk is a definite must do when visiting Noosa. :)

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