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Noosa North Shore Walk

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by Roz Glazebrook (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published October 9th 2021
The other side of the Noosa River
Walk to Teewah Beach through Arthur Harrold Reserve
Walk to Teewah Beach through Arthur Harrold Reserve


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.

Tewantin National Park Office
Tewantin National Park Office


We met up on Friday afternoon at the National Park in Tewantin, where the vehicle barges go across to Noosa North shore from Moorindil Street.

Noosa River Mouth
Noosa River Mouth


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.

Arthur Harrold Nature Reserve
Arthur Harrold Nature Reserve


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.

Car ferry
Car ferry


After going across the barge, which only took around five minutes and cost $10 per car, we drove the short couple of kilometres to our accommodation at Noosa North Shore Retreat.

After settling in, we went for dinner at the Retreat Bar and Bistro.
The accommodation was spacious and comfortable with a swimming pool and wildlife.

Kangaroos and cabins
Kangaroos and cabins


Retreat Pool
Retreat Pool


We started our walk early Saturday morning at the Arthur Harold Nature Reserve. This is also the start of the Southern end of the Cooloola Great Walk.

Walk through trees
Walk through trees


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.

Sign with ants
Sign with ants


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.



Almost to beach
Almost to beach


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.

Rest in dunes
Rest in dunes


We had another nice social night at the Retreat Bistro before having a fairly early night.

Horses and dogs on beach
Horses and dogs on beach


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.

Mangroves
Mangroves


We finished a great weekend with lunch at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club overlooking the ocean.

Noosa North Shore Beach
Noosa North Shore Beach


Walking track
Walking track
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Why? A nice relaxing walk
When: Anytime
Where: Noosa North Shore
Cost: $10 car barge, accommodation if needed
Your Comment
I admire your stamina, I would not be able to manage those distances, 1 5km return trip is about my limit, but truly the only way to see a place properly is on foot.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9187) 6 days ago
It's a great walk Roz, but I think I will join Gayle on the short one.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3169) 5 days ago
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