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Published September 13th 2012
Walking is good for the soul-even if you have to be carried
Everyone who visits Noosa knows about Hasting Street, and Main Beach, but what not everyone realises is that just beyond our rather famous street, is a simply beautiful spot to take the family, or the surfboard, or a water bottle and a good pair of shoes while you soak up the view.
The Headland section of the Noosa National Park can be found at the end of Park Road, just beyond Hastings Street. If you are feeling enthusiastic, the board walk from the Sails Restaurant Noosa end of Main Beach is a beautiful walk and takes you along the pristine shores of Noosa Beach, past Little Cove and up to the Park. If you'd rather drive - providing you can find somewhere to park in the usually busy car park – you'll be well in hand for a brisk walk through the park.
The main grassed area is framed between beautiful gum trees and the ocean, which even on a rainy day is quite spectacular. The tourist information centre, not only provides visitors with a chance to grab a snack, but also has local art-work and various other wares to tempt you into leaving with a souvenir. If you are really lucky the incredible gum tree usually hides a koala or two, and the Scrub Turkeys are always ready with a smile, so make sure to take you camera.
Even if walking isn't on your agenda, it's a perfect place to take a picnic.
The short walk along the Coastal Track to the Boiling Pot is enough to get your heart pumping, and if a small and pleasant walk with outstanding ocean views is what you want, this is where to get it. The walk itself is an easy rolling hill, with a perfectly placed bench at the end to catch your breath and take in the amazing 270 degree ocean view.
A fraction of the view at the Boiling Pot lookout.
If you wish to venture further around the point, you'll come to a little beach that only the locals know about. Tea Tree Bay is popular with surfers, but it is an unpatrolled beach, so people should be aware that swimming there could be dangerous. Just past Tea Tree Bay, you'll find public toilets and a small hill climb to a spectacular view out over the open ocean at Dolphin Point - like the name suggests, keep an eye out for dolphins and turtles that can occasionally be seen frolicking.
Despite the path continuing around the point and ending at Sunshine Beach (map of walking tracks), the walk to Dolphin Point is more than enough to fulfil anybody's love of walking and set you up for a nice leisurely stroll back the your car.