Walk your way to relaxation in Noosa
You never know where a walk in Noosa will take you – from sunrise on a mountain top to sunset over Noosa National Park’s secluded bays; from wilderness hikes to pristine lakes; from the Noosa Trail Network’s hinterland scenery to the ancient rainforests and sandblows of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
Sunset from one of Noosa National Park's bays, accessed from the coastal walking track
The Noosa Biosphere Reserve and adjoining Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve are home to an amazing array of wildlife, fauna and changing environments, and there are endless ways to explore them – all within easy reach of Noosa’s beachfront, riverside and country hospitality.
A comfortable pair of walking shoes, water bottle, hat and sunscreen will take you a long way in Noosa, whether you're looking for an easy coastal walk or a multi-day hike through wilderness areas. Combine a walk in the upper reaches of the Noosa River with a paddle through the Noosa Everglades (one of only two everglades systems in the world) for a stunning look at Noosa that's off the beaten track (pictured below).
A great way to explore beyond the beaches of Noosa and discover some of the spectacular walking tracks in the nearby hinterland is the annual Great Noosa Trail Walk. Held from 30 Sept and 1 – 2 Oct this year, the walk follows the existing Noosa Trail Network and travels across country landscapes, eucalypt forest, green farmland and heritage towns, with views over the surrounding countryside, lakes and ocean. While this year's walk has already sold out, there is a wait list that's worth adding your name to.
Another event that showcases some of the hinterland's stunning scenery is the annual Pomona King of the Mountain Festival on Sunday 23 July that has family-friendly races, a 3km family fun run, heritage markets, antiques fair, tug o war, amusement rides, local cuisine and live music. It finishes with the 4.2km main race up the steep, almost vertical mountain face and back. Entrants come from around Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Rim and the UK to compete. This is a beautiful and challenging walk at any time.
If you prefer a guided walk through hinterland forests to find streams, waterfalls and wildlife, Tropical Treks Guided Bushwalks have full and half-day bushwalking adventures that take you through cool, ancient sub-tropical rainforests (pictured above). They specialise in small group and personalised bushwalking, birdwatching and wildlife experiences.
Noosa is on the doorstep of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island or K’gari (pictured below), the indigenous name in the Butchulla people's language, meaning "a beautiful place". The island, the largest sand island in the world, is home to the spectacular 90km Fraser Island Great Walk through landscapes that change from kilometres or sandy beaches to cliffs of multi-coloured sands, stunningly clear freshwater lakes and rainforest canopies. The entire walk takes 6–8 days to complete or you can do a number of short walks that range from easy strolls to half-day and full-day adventures.
Day and overnight tours leave from Noosa for Fraser Island but if you're planning on doing the walk and taking it at your own pace, hire a 4WD in Noosa and head up the sand highway. Of course you'll need somewhere to retire to each night - The Beachcamp Eco Retreat on K’gari (pictured below) is a unique glamping experience that will have you relaxing into island life in no time. It's in the heart of the island with easy access to facilities.
Book your Noosa walking adventure at visitnoosa.com.au or phone 1 3000 NOOSA (within Australia) or +61 7 5430 5000 (outside Australia).