Walk along the headlands and discover sweeping ocean vistas, rocky bays, enclosed beaches and marine life cruising by.
Follow the shoreline between Noosa Headland day-use area and Sunshine Beach, passing over several headlands boasting outstanding views across coastal she-oaks and pandanus palms.
Peer into the trees in search of koalas snoozing or munching on leaves. Feel the sea spray and feel the thunderous sounds of waves crashing ferociously into the rugged rocks at Boiling Pot (300m one way), Dolphin Point (1.2km one way) and Hell's Gates (2.7km one way).
Visit between June and November and you might spot humpback whales cruising past the coastline on their way to and from northern breeding grounds. Watch from several vantage points as turtles and dolphins drift and skim through the waves.
Sections of this walk from the day-use area are also class 1 and 3. The 300m path to Boiling Point is Class 1 is sealed and barrier free. The 2.4km stretch from Boiling Point to Hell's Gates is Class 3. It is sealed and barrier free to Dolphin Point, with gradients exceeding 1:10 (5.7 degrees) for short sections. Between Dolphin Point and Hell's Gates the track is unsealed, with some steps and steep sections. This section is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
The Coastal Walk is in the Headland section of Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast, 160km north of Brisbane.
Access is via sealed roads suitable for conventional 2WDs. Parking is limited so visitors are encouraged to walk, ride or catch the bus (see TransLink) during peak periods.
Access Noosa Headland day-use area and Coastal Walk at the end of Park Road in Noosa Heads:
- Drive to the day-use area car park.
- Walk 1km along the scenic seaside boardwalk from Hastings Street (or 1.1km from bus stop). There are steps on this walk making it unsuitable for wheelchairs.
- Cycle with caution along Park Road. Bike racks are provided in the day-use area (bring own padlock).
Access the remote section of the Coastal Walk at Sunshine Beach:
- Drive and use council car parks located on Belmore Terrace or Seaview Drive. Walk the beach access tracks, turn north and walk along the public beach (up to 1km).
- Walk from the bus stop on Duke Street and take beach access track 32 (at Sunshine Beach Surf Lifesaving Club). Turn north and walk along the public beach (1.3km).
Parking is limited so visitors are encouraged to walk, ride or catch the bus (see TransLink) during peak periods.
Fuel and supplies
The walk is suitable for assisted wheelchair access to The Boiling Pot (300m) with gradients up to 1:14 (4.1°). Beyond this to Dolphin Point (1.2km) gradients exceed 1:10 (5.7°) for short sections—average 1:7 (8°) with a 10m section of 1:5 (11°).
Wheelchair-accessible toilets are at Noosa Headland day-use area and Tea Tree Bay along the track. Assistance may be required for the trail and toilets.
When to visit
Coastal Walk is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
Noosa National Park has a mild, subtropical climate. The daily average temperature range is 21–29°C in summer and 10–21°C in winter.
Permits and fees
- If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
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- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
- Ensure you lock your vehicle and remove all valuables, including garage remote controls. Do not leave valuables unattended.
- Please report details of unusual activity or illegal camp sites to the police.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
- Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- You can put your rubbish in the bins in Noosa Headland day-use area.
- You can get treated tap water on the track near Tea Tree Bay and in the day-use area.
- Plan your walk for cooler parts of the day. Most of the Coastal Walk is in full sun and there is a lot of reflected light.
- Always walk with a group or in sight of another group and walk in daylight hours only. There have been serious assaults in this park.
- The Alexandria Bay beach section of this walk is subject to storm surges and tidal influence.
- Take care on the very steep set of stairs at Sunshine Beach at the southern park entrance.
- Stay on the track and away from cliff edges.
- Everyone moves at different paces—leave greater space around elderly, disabled and young people.
- Be careful to avoid collisions—leave larger gaps between you and others, especially when carrying larger gear or moving quickly; carry surfboards with fins turned in; slow down for narrow sections; alert others before passing.
- You can't use bicycles, scooters, skateboards or rollerblades on the walking tracks or roads in the park.
- Remember that walkers have right of way on walking tracks.
- Informal roads and trails are for emergency and management use only.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
- Swimming outside of patrolled beaches is not recommended.
- People have suffered serious injuries and deaths at Noosa's unpatrolled beaches.
- Strong currents and surf are particularly dangerous at Alexandria Bay.
- Swim at patrolled beaches during operating hours at Noosa Heads (adjacent to Hastings Street) or Sunshine Beach.
- Be aware that sharks are common in the ocean and bluebottles (a species of marine stinger) are prevalent during northerly winds.
- Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.