I recently visited Noosa North Shore for the first time. I have been to Noosa, Noosaville and Tewantin many times, but had never been across to Noosa North Shore. Twelve of us from my bushwalking club planned to spend two nights in cabins at the Noosa North Shore Retreat and do a walk around the local area on Saturday, then drive to Sunshine Beach on Sunday and walk through Noosa National Park.
It was pretty busy with lots of four-wheel-drive cars lining up to go across. A lot of these cars were probably planning on going further north on the beach up to Double Island Point and the campgrounds along the way.
Noosa North Shore is a coastal rural locality in the Shire of Noosa. There were only 179 people recorded there in the 2016 census. The Noosa Northshore Beach campground is located on the Cooloola Coast, which stretches from Noosa to Double Island Point up to Fraser Island. Noosa North Shore has more than 80km of open beaches, golden sands and forest wilderness, and is the gateway to the Cooloola Great Walk through the Great Sandy National Park.
The Reserve is named after Arthur Harrold, who was born in England in 1918 and died in Noosaville on 8 April 2012. He formed the Noosa National Parks Association and he and his wife, Marjorie, helped establish the Cooloola and Noosa National Parks.
We walked through the Reserve through melaleuca and banksia bushland to Teewah Beach. I had recently walked a couple of days on the Northern end of the Cooloola Great Walk from Rainbow Beach. I wrote about that trip here Your text goes here
I need to go back and do the whole walk.
We walked along the beach to Laguna Bay at the mouth of the Noosa River, then back on gravel roads to our accommodation. We walked a total of 20 kilometres. The last few kilometres were along the road. The walk was interesting with a variety of habitats including banksias, mangroves, forests and beaches.
After a swim in the pool, showering and resting, we drove a few kilometres down to the beach. There was a special birthday party going on the beach involving people and horses. The horses and some dogs were enjoying a swim in the ocean.
On Sunday morning, we left at 8 am and crossed back over the River in the barge before driving to Sunshine Beach. We hiked around 12 kilometres through the Noosa National Park starting at Parkedge Road with a link to Tanglewood Track to the Park headquarters, and then followed the full-length Coastal Track back to Sunshine Beach. We were very lucky to see whales frolicking in the water along the way.