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Noosa National Park - Headland Section

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by Deb Jury (subscribe)
Published July 16th 2011
The Noosa National Park Headland section extends from Park Road Noosa Heads to Sunshine Beach. Thank goodness this stretch of Shangri-la still exists untouched. In 1962 the Noosa Council announced that a coastal road linking Noosa Heads to Sunshine Beach would be built. This all came about due to a major developer who owned a considerable parcel of land in the Alexandria Bay precinct, planning to develop the land. Fortunately, Dr Arthur Harrold and a group of Noosa residents united and fought to save this precious piece of coastland. Today we are privileged to enjoy the benefits of their determination and struggle.

In the Park Headland section, there are five alternative walks to choose from, ranging from the easy to difficult. The easy to moderate grade coastal walk to Picnic Cove, hugs the coastline providing stunning scenery. The more difficult tanglewood track twists through rainforest and coastal woodlands. The tanglewood track does join the coastal track so you can have the best of both worlds - cooling canopied rainforest and spectacular coastal vistas.

There is an abundance of wildlife in the Park and on your trek such as the lace monitors (goannas). If you really want to make the most of your time you can download a copy of the Noosa Bird Trail Guide from
www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. The Park is the natural habitat of the Australasian Gannet, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Osprey and the Chestnut Breasted Mannikin. Hours can quickly pass by whilst spotting and watching these magnificent birds.

During the months of June to November you might be lucky enough to catch sight of a humpback whale. Locals advise that the best location to spot humpbacks during that time of the year is at either Dolphin Point or Hell's Gate. Both of these locations are found along the coastal track.

During Queensland school holidays rangers conduct guided walks and other programs in the Park. Information in relation to the special programs can be obtained from the Noosa Heads tourist information centre, located on Hastings Street - opposite the roundabout.

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