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Photographing the Sunrise at Noosa Heads National Park

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published February 29th 2020
Photographing the sunrise at Noosa National Park
Noosa in Queensland is well known for its gorgeous beach and fabulous swimming. However, the area is also incredibly photogenic, and sunrise is one of the best times to take advantage of this.

Noosa sunrise
Noosa sunrise


In order to truly take advantage of the area's spectacular natural beauty, and enhance your chances of taking photographs without humans interrupting them, I recommend heading down to the entrance to Noosa Heads National Park. This area includes a car park, public amenities, and picnic areas.

Sunrise from Noosa Heads National Park
Sunrise from Noosa Heads National Park


Once here, head down to the rocky foreshore and let your creativity flow! I recommend a tripod if you have one, since this will enable to take long-exposure photographs that capture the movement of the waves. Expensive cameras aren't necessary for this - the sunrise photographs above and below were taken on my iPhone

Noosa Heads sunrise
Noosa Heads sunrise


As the sun begins to rise higher, the warm colours in the sky may subside, but new opportunities open up. The track from the entrance to the national park up to Hells Gate is only 2.7Km each way and passes many smaller bays and lookouts.

A little bay at Noosa Heads National Park
A little bay at Noosa Heads National Park


This early morning light is ideal for reflections photography, and the many rock pools along the way provide ample opportunities to experiment with this.

Rock pool reflections at Noosa Heads National Park
Rock pool reflections at Noosa Heads National Park


If you are lucky, you may get to see some of the resident wildlife. This koala lives near Tea Tree Bay and is well-loved by locals. A camera with a telephoto lens is recommended to photograph the wildlife.

A wild koala at Noosa Heads National Park
A wild koala at Noosa Heads National Park


Towards Hells Gate, the views of the ocean open up to become more panoramic. A wide-angle lens is a good idea for capturing these.

Views from Noosa Heads National Park
Views from Noosa Heads National Park


There are plenty of beautiful lookouts to enjoy and photograph, providing breaks along the way and on your way back down to the carpark. These are especially valuable for families undertaking this adventure with young children, and some provide seating for breaks and snacks.

Noosa Heads National Park lookout
Noosa Heads National Park lookout



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Phone: 13 74 68
Where: Noosa, Queensland, Palm Grove Cct, Noosa Heads QLD 4567
Cost: Free
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Stunning photos Meg.
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