Sunshine Beach – Laguna Lookout – Noosa walk

Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach – Laguna Lookout – Noosa walk

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1 h 8 m
4.55 km
Intermediate

A gorgeous walk through the Noosa National Park that rewards with beautiful views of Laguna Bay and Noosa's main beach.

Sunshine Beach – Laguna Lookout – Noosa walk

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Summary

A gorgeous walk through the Noosa National Park that rewards with beautiful views of Laguna Bay and Noosa's main beach.

Description

This wonderful walk from Sunshine Beach to Noosa through the National Park includes a towering eucalypt forest and the Laguna Lookout that showcases beautiful views of Laguna Bay and Noosa's main beach.

The section from Laguna to Noosa winds through giant grey gum, pink bloodwood, ironbark and tallowwood trees. Watch for kookaburras, lace monitors and koalas clinging to the tree trunks.

From Sunshine Beach to the lookout is relatively easy but not well signposted (follow signs to Viewland Drive) from the path from the lookout down to Noosa includes some steepish and sometimes slippery steps.

At the Lookout, let your eyes roam Noosa's stunning coastline toward the mouth of the Noosa River. Gaze north and westwards to see the volcanic plugs of the Noosa Hinterland, particularly beautiful at sunset.

A beauty of the walk is that there is a good direct bus service (Route 627) to take you back to where you started if you don't want to return on foot. If you want to make a day of it you could also return via the longer Noosa Heads Coastal Track which is one of the best walks in South East Queensland.

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Points of Interest

1. Ed Webb Park and bus stop

The Ed Webb Park has toilets, a small playground and is next to the Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Route 627 bus to Noosa starts from here too.

2. Walking up Bryan St

You made need to cross the road in spots as there are not footpaths on both sides, but it's a nice walk.

3. Crossing the street

Cross here towards the National Park but watch for cars as there is not a crossing or footpath, then turn left onto Parkedge Rd and walk to the end.

4. Park entrance

A locked gate into the National Park at the end of Parkedge Rd stops vehicles entering.

5. First junction

Go straight ahead at the first junction (left takes you to Noosa Junction).

6. The sandy path

The soft sandy path takes you though a shady eucalypt forest.

7. To the houses

Go straight ahead towards the houses peaking through the trees.

8. Sub station

There is a gate though to a short section of unappealing path at the back of a substation, but don't worry its very short, then turn right onto Viewland Drive.

9. Viewland Drive

You need walk on the side of the road up Viewland Drive to the Lookout (but vehicles go slowly).

10. To the Lookout

As you approach the Laguna Lookout you get a sense of why its so popular!

11. Laguna Lookout

Wow! Fabulous views to Noosa Heads township and Noosa's main beach. Look out to sea and you might even see a whale in the winter months.

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12. To Hastings Street

Head down to Hastings Street (about 1.2km) .

13. Beach through the trees

You get glimpses of the sea as you descend down to Noosa.

14. Steep steps

The are quite a few steep wooden steps that can be slippery in patches that don't get much sun so you need to be a bit careful

15. To Noosa

There is no signpost where the path meets the road, but turn right.

16. Tree in the path

Nice to walk around the tree!


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