I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published May 30th 2020
An interesting walk on the Sunshine Coast
In November 2019, I went on an interesting walk from Tewantin to Sunshine Beach on the Sunshine Coast. I had been to Tewantin previously, and had walked from Sunshine Beach through Noosa National Park and back a few times before, but I'd never walked from Tewantin to Sunshine Beach.
We set off along the boardwalk and through the Tewantin marina wharf complex. The shops were closed, as it was only 8am. I have been to markets at the Tewantin complex previously and dinner in one of the cafes. There are some very nice shops there.
Tewantin is a small, friendly village located on the Noosa River. It is the launching point for the vehicular ferry to the Noosa North Shore, the Great Sandy National Park. It is a popular retiree place because it is a lot cheaper than Noosa.
It didn't take long before we reached the walking path beside the Noosa River at Noosaville. We stopped for morning tea at Raw Energy café after walking about 3.3 kms. Noosaville is a lot less touristy than Noosa. It has gorgeous water views, shady trees and picnic spots along the 2 kilometres of grassy foreshore. You can hire kayaks and boats along the riverfront. I've spent many holidays there because friends own a unit there. There is also a very popular camping site right on the river.
After a short break for another snack, we set off through the National Park stopping along the way at the lookouts at Hell's Gates and Devil's Kitchen. On other trips, I've seen schools of large tuna, packs of dolphins and sea turtles in the sea at Hell's Gates.
We did pass a couple of nudists at Alexandria Bay Beach. By the time we arrived at Sunshine Beach, we were all hot and tired and ready for some lunch and a cool drink. One walker had a swim on the beach before we walked back to our cars, changed into clean clothes and went for a lovely lunch at Moshka Café before driving home.
It was a wonderful day. Noosa National Park has everything, fantastic coastal views, wildlife, long white beaches, eucalypt forest, open woodland, melaleuca wetland, colourful Wallum Heathland and pockets of dense vine-strewn rainforest.
This is my backyard. I walk most days in the National Park followed by a swim at Main Beach. I must confess that I drive from Tewantin to Noosa - 18km is an epic feat. Very impressed with your efforts and the great commentary. Very accurate information.