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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.
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.
The coastal track initially comprises of boardwalks and concrete pavement but then becomes a dirt track with some rocky sections.
As you walk around the headland there are magnificent views over Boiling Point, Tea Tree Bay, Dolphin Point and Winch Cove.
A section of the walkway fringes the edge of the headland affording gorgeous views of the secluded bays and beaches.
There are a couple lookouts where you can rest for a while and take in stunning views of the seas and rocks beneath.
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.
Parts of the headland have interesting rock formations with amazing colours and shapes that erosion has formed over millions of years.
The walk terminates at the point aptly named Hells Gates because of its steep cliffs and deep crevasse.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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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