If your idea of the perfect getaway is to get out on the trail and totally immerse yourself in nature, Noosa could be just what you are looking for. Base yourself in one of the great Noosa accommodation options and explore some of the most picturesque parts of Queensland. Accommodation in Noosa is luxurious and comfortable and will provide the perfect place to return to after a big day of hiking. So if you want to get out and hike some lesser known trails on the Sunshine Coast, these options will not disappoint.
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park offers 5 different walks and is a great option for those more interested in the scenery than a tough work out. These easy to moderate hikes are a great start to exploring the area. Most of the trails are less than 5km return and all offer spectacular views just minutes from Hastings Street. Consisting of a combination of rain forest and woodlands, you will also be treated to a great array of wildlife, including koalas, black cockatoos and maybe even a passing whale. For great views of the coast and your best chance to see dolphins and whales, hike the 10.8km return Coastal Track between July and November. It is definitely worth starting these hikes early if you want to have a good look at the incredible bird life.
Mt Tinbeerwah Day Use Area
Roughly 12km out of Noosa on the Noosa-Cooroy Road is one of the best places to get a great view of the area. The Mt Tinbeerwah Lookout Walk is the only hike here but it is definitely worth the 45 minutes it will take you to do it. Make sure to bring your camera as the view from the top is a spectacular 360 degree view of the Sunshine Coast and on a clear day is the best panoramic view of the area.
South of Peregian Beach is a real treat, where you’ll find 3 great hikes which are all relatively easy. The standout highlight is definitely the Emu Mountain Summit Walk, which is a very short walk at 850 metres. This walk offers a huge reward for very little effort, mostly in the form an amazing array of colourful wild flowers, and is yet another place for a great view of the coast.
Mooloolah River National Park
A little further from Noosa but still only about a half an hour drive is one of the region’s most beautiful and sensitive areas, the Mooloolah River National Park. This protected area consists of coastal heathland and paperbark wetlands, and for a place to get away from the crowds, do some bird watching or take some photos of amazing wild flowers, it is definitely worth a visit. Most walking here is less on trails and more on firebreaks, so be sure to bring good footwear as it can also be a bit muddy. Base yourself in Noosa for your next holiday and hit the trails in a hidden and magnificent part of Queensland. You won't be disappointed.