Ocean Beach Walk
From boardwalk to beach, this short walk leads through forest to a peaceful stretch of beach away from the nearby towns.
Escape the crowds at Coolum and Peregian beaches and enjoy a short ramble through swamplands, sedgelands and paperbark forest.
Follow the boardwalk over feathery grasses to meet a sandy track bursting with heathland and she-oak forest.
Delight in colourful wildflowers and dune plants growing along this track, such as the delightfully-named dune bean and pigface. Quiet visitors may be lucky to spy flittering finches, bee-eaters and parrots in the vegetation. Make sure to keep your camera and macro lens at the ready!
For more adventure at low tide, take the extra 2km return trip south along the beach to the park boundary at Stumers Creek.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
The Ocean Beach Walk is in the Peregian section of Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast, 125km north of Brisbane.
- From the bus stop on David Low Way (Coolum State High School), walk 600m south to the car park and the start of the walk.
- Cycle along council shared pathways outside the National Park. Note: No bike racks are available.
- Drive 3km north of Coolum Beach township, or 3km south of Peregian Beach township, on the David Low Way.
Parking is limited so visitors are encouraged to walk, ride or catch the bus (see TransLink) during peak periods.
Fuel and supplies
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities on this walk.
When to visit
Ocean Beach 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
Generally available. Save the app that can save your life. The free-to-download Emergency+ app uses GPS functionality built into smart phones for the caller to provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services. Check with your service provider for more information.
- 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.
- There is no drinking water along this walk. Bring your own water.
- 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.
- Take care when crossing the boardwalks over the swamps.
- You can't use bicycles, scooters, skateboards or rollerblades on the walking tracks or roads in the park.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
- Bury offal, scales and unused bait 50cm deep and just below the high tide line.
- Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
- Swimming outside of patrolled beaches is not recommended.
- People have suffered serious injuries and deaths at Noosa's unpatrolled beaches.
- 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.