Brisbane Travels Day 5: Noosa National Park Hike & Trek


As we were staying at Noosa Heads, a distance away from Noosa National Park, we took a bus to Noosa Main Beach for $1.6. Most of the buses from Noosa Junction will be able to take you there and back. This time, we took bus 620.

Bus 620 from Noosa Junction to Noosa Main Beach

Once there in vicinity of the Noosa Main Beach, we headed to the edge where we came upon this sign…

Difference between First Point Walk Way and First Point National Park - Noosa National Park
Difference between First Point Walk Way and First Point National Park – Noosa National Park

Our first question when we encountered this sign was, what’s the difference between First Point Walk Way and First Point National Park? Secondly, do they both lead to the entrance of Noosa National Park?

Essentially, both paths eventually merges and both paths leads to Noosa National Park. The only difference is that the First Point Walk Way leads to a flight of steps while the other is a walk up the slope on the board walk. If we could choose again, definitely the slop via the First Point National Park 😉

Before long, we arrived at Noosa National Park…

Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

Entrance of Noosa National Park
Entrance of Noosa National Park
Map and landmarks of Noosa National Park
Map and landmarks of Noosa National Park

One of the highlights of visiting Noosa National Park is to do the Coastal Walk. The Coastal Walk starts from the entrance of Noosa National Park, passing by iconic landmarks such as the Boiling Pot, Tea Tree Bay, Dolphin Point, Granite Bay and Hell’s Gate. Having learnt from our lessons of trekking across the lava field at Volcanoes National Park Hawaii, we decided that heading back after visiting Hell’s Gate would be a wise decision.

Otherwise, the Coastal Walk continues past Hell’s Gate, towards Alexandria Bay – a 1km stretch of beautiful beach and clear blue waters.

Boiling Pot

Boiling Pot Noosa National Park Coastal Walk
Boiling Pot Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

As described by the signage at Boiling Pot, it says “In the right conditions, the power of the surf entering the rocks below creates a surge, like a pot of water on the boil.” This time, we did see some surges through the Boiling Pot. Reminded us of the Nakalele Blowhole during our travels in Maui Hawaii.

Tea Tree Bay

Tea Tree Bay Noosa National Park Coastal Walk
Tea Tree Bay Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

As described by the signage at Tea Tree Bay, it says “Tea Tree Bay is named after one of the dominant tree species that grows here. The coastal tea tree Melaleuca quinquenervia (also known as the broad-leaved paperbark) doesn’t mind getting ‘wet feet’ and can grow where the soil is regularly wet or waterlogged.” If you slow down your walk along this stretch, you might even notice the soothing smell of the tea trees. Along this stretch, there are also a couple of beaches. You should be able to find a spot of your own if you prefer to have a little bit of privacy.

Dolphin Point

Dolphin Point Noosa National Park Coastal Walk
Dolphin Point Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

As described by the signage at Dolphin Point, it says “Dolphins, can often be seen surfing the swell, sometimes in pods of up to 30 individuals. Their streamlined bodies, with oil glands in the skin, allow them to effortlessly glide through the water.” Unfortunately, we did not see dolphins during this visit. Nonetheless, we did see some surfers riding the swells here.

Hell’s Gate

Welcome to Hell's Gate Noosa National Park
Welcome to Hell’s Gate Noosa National Park
Hell's Gate Sign Noosa National Park
Hell’s Gate Sign Noosa National Park
Hell's Gate overlooking Alexandria Bay Noosa National Park
Hell’s Gate overlooking Alexandria Bay Noosa National Park

The cool part about Hell’s Gate is the spectacular views that it offers to the north (Double Island Point) and to the south (Alexandria Bay). We also saw some local and migratory bird species even though it was a particularly hot day. As for Hell’s Gate itself, the view was hindered. With the partial view, we speculated that it looked like a real deep cave and probably had many capsized vessels in the past within its vicinity. Hence, the name. If you know the real reason why Hell’s Gate Noosa got its name, tell us more in the comments section below.

Noosa Main Beach

After reaching Hell’s Gate, we headed back to Noosa Main Beach where we had a well-deserved iced tea ($4) and paddlepop ice cream ($1.6) before getting a spot by the beach to do some beachwhaling!

Noosa Main Beach - Beachwhaling time!
Noosa Main Beach – Beachwhaling time!
Noosa - The Relaxation Capital of Australia
Noosa – The Relaxation Capital of Australia

Thereafter, we headed to the beach to get some tan. Thank the Lord that there was finally sun after the last couple days of rain and fog at Montville and Flaxton. The temperature of the waters was actually quite nice at about 25 degrees celsius. Beachwhaling time! It was actually quite comfortable to lay at the spot where the waves washed ashore. From time to time, we got some waves rushing over us, cooling us down as we lazed in the sun. A perfect beach holiday 🙂

Where to eat in Noosa?

Next, we headed back to Hastings Street, the main street next to Noosa Main Beach, to look for lunch. After scouting out a little, we finally settled for Aromas Noosa. Aromas Noosa is an European-styled restaurant. The arrangement of the chairs caught our attention, reminded us of how cafes in Europe would face outwards for guests to people watch…

Aromas Noosa Restaurant with outward facing chairs like that of Europe Cafes
Aromas Noosa Restaurant with outward facing chairs like that of Europe Cafes
Chilling out with beers (Hastings Pale Ale - $8.5 / XXXX Gold - $7) at Aromas Noosa
Chilling out with beers (Hastings Pale Ale – $8.5 / XXXX Gold – $7) at Aromas Noosa
Battered Beer Fish & Chips ($26) Aromas Noosa
Battered Beer Fish & Chips ($26) Aromas Noosa

Although we only ordered a portion (which was a pretty huge portion by the way), the waitress readily provided serving plates for us to share. The fish and chips was quite “meh” (think Emoji Movie). Seatings were great nonetheless. After our meal, we decided to head back to the beach for a 2nd round of tanning! It was actually so shiok (Singlish for unbelievably good) that having washed and dried ourselves, we would head back to the beach again. (Upon returning to Singapore, Kate started to peel. Tom did not peel however. Probably his “last layer of skin”)

In the evening, we enjoyed company with friends over a Korean meal at Noosa Heads. Haru Korean Kitchen. Expensive and not really worth it. Portions were small and expensive. Avoid if possible.

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We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of our 5th day of Brisbane travels, covering Noosa. In our next post, we’ll be heading south to Eumandi markets. Stay tuned to find out more!

You have just finished a post from our Brisbane Travels in 2018. Check out details from our entire trip from the following posts:

Brisbane Travels Day 1: Brisbane City Tour!

Brisbane Travels Day 2: Visiting Brisbane Suburbs of Paddington, Sunnybank, West End and Chermside!

Brisbane Travels Day 3: Tried Discovering the Beauty of Montville (Sunshine Coast)

Brisbane Travels Day 4: Travelling from Montville to Noosa

Brisbane Travels Day 5: Noosa National Park Hike & Trek

Brisbane Travels Day 6: Eumundi Markets & Brewery!

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