Hike the Noosa Headlands!

If you’re in need a quick dose of some of the best zen nature has on offer, there are not too many on-our-doorstep adventures we know that can beat the 1.5hr car journey from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast to enjoy a 10km hike/walk/stroll from Hastings Street, Noosa.

This easy-to-moderate walk along the Queensland coastline takes you from the niche streets of Noosa, all the way to Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club (for a cold beer and a salad).

To get started, drive to Noosa and park your car in the best carpark you can find amongst the hustle and bustle (make sure you’re OK for 4-5 hours) and then find your way (by foot) onto Hastings street and onto the beachfront (East facing).

Once on the boardwalk that bounds Main Beach, you want to follow the boardwalk up the headlands and all the way to Hells Gates, along Alexandria Bay (a nudist beach – just an FYI) and onto Sunshine Beach (see Google map below).

Tip: The easiest way to ensure you are walking in the right direction from the outset is to make sure the ocean is on your left as you progress uphill.

Hiking the Noosa Headlands is simply breathtaking (promise) – every time I walk it, I stop to ask myself why I’ve travelled the world to find the best beaches when we’ve got them right here at home?

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The walk is fairly easy, with a few steep inclines along the way (but nothing someone with an average fitness level shouldn’t be able to handle). 

The best way to do the hike is to pack:

  • a few bottles of cold water
  • sunscreen (50+)
  • a hat (it’s a bit of a scorcher without many trees)
  • comfy walking shoes
  • your togs (or wear them so you can jump in along the way)
  • a towel

And then, take your time to enjoy the pristine Queensland coastline all the way until you hit Sunshine Beach SLSC!

Once at the SLSC, order yourself a cold brew and a tasty lunch whilst sitting beachside to enjoy some of the best views in the world! And the best bit… the SLSC offers a free shuttle service all the way back to Noosa (so you can consider an extra beer or 2 if you aren’t the one driving!).

Tip: try to do this hike early in the day (6am) or later (3pm) in the afternoon to avoid the suns full gaze!

The waves rolling in at the halfway point of Alexandria Bay!

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