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Published on March 23rd, 2013 | by Ann Rickard


Ann’s Blog – Walking the Noosa National Park

Ann’s Blog – Walking the Noosa National Park

While most Noosa visitors walk the coastal track in the Noosa National Park, not so many go inland and experience the park from another angle.IMG_0662

The Tanglewood Track, which begins at the entrance to Noosa National Park takes you on a 4.2km walk of remarkable beauty through lush rainforest, beneath thick canopies and besides thundering ocean. It brings you out to the coastal track to make your way back to the park entrance.

Early mornings are best to do this walk. I’ve entered the park many times in pre-dawn dimness for the magical experience of watching the sun come up. But you should only walk the Tanglewood Track daylight and it’s advisable to take a mate.

The Tanglewood Track is clearly marked for all its length (as are all the park tracks) so there is no chance of getting lost, unless you stray from the track, a big no, no.

At the beginning the forest floor is a little rocky with exposed tree roots. You must watch your step carefully. Flanked by natural bush and tall leafy natives, the feeling of being somewhere special is enhanced by the call of the whipbirds and the rustle and squawk of the bush turkeys.Noosa National Park

The track begins to incline gradually, but nothing much for a person of average fitness.

At the top of the incline the track becomes sandy and the canopy opens to let sunlight stream through. Tall gums and lush ferns line the track and Tarzan-style vines hang invitingly from trees.

By now a feeling of tranquillity and enjoyment spreads through you. You sense you are deep in the heart of the park and feel as though National Park belongs only to you.Noosa National park

Of course there are others on the Tanglewood Track. A few joggers, some walkers. But you are unlikely to run into anyone other than at ten minute intervals. It is reassuring to know that someone will always be along in a short while should you (unlikely) be in need of assistance.Noosa National park

Also reassuring are the signs all the way along the track, clearly marking your way. The Tanglewood Track is track 2, marked in orange, and it tells you how far it is from Park Headquarters as you go along so you feel a sense of pride as you clock up the kilometres.

Closer to Alexandria Bay the track widens and becomes sandy so it’s best to stick to the side of the track where the sand is more compacted. In the spring months always keep an eye out for a snake that may decide it wants to cross the path at the same time as you come along. In my 20 years of walking in the park I’ve only ever seen three snakes, but they are there. Fortunately, they don’t want to see you as much as you want no sight of them. If you do see one it will quickly slither away out of sight.

Alexandria Bay makes is arrogant presence known before you get to it. The roaring of the waves pounding into the long stretch of sand is both thrilling and frightening. Even looking down at it from afar, you know there will be no messing with this beach. Warning signs tell you the beach is not patrolled and strongly advise not to swim there. An emergency telephone is situated at this point. Another reassurance.

Just past the bay turnoff is the track leading over to Hell’s Gate. It’s here you can take a shortcut and get back on the coastal track, but why would you miss out on the magnificent power of the blow hole at Hell’s Gate?Nooa National Park

At this point you are surrounded by sea. The roaring surf of Alexandria Bay on one side and the gentle but powerful swell of Laguna Bay on the other. This is the place to spot whales in the season and dolphins any time of year. It’s also the place to sit and contemplate life, to let nature put you in your place, show you who is boss.Noosa National park

Walking back along the coastal track is pure delight.

IMG_0706You’ll never be alone on this track but everyone has the same purpose as you: to enjoy the sea, the bush the cackle of the kookaburras, the chance to spot wildlife.

The track leads past Picnic Cove, Winch Cove, Dolphin Point, Tea Tree Bay and Boiling Pot where you will want to stop look out over the ocean to the North Shore. On a calm day the stand-up paddlers are out instead of the surfers.

There is always something to catch your eye in the park, besides the glories of nature.

At the end of the walk you can reward yourself with an excellent coffee to Bean There at park headquarters.

Your sense of achievement after the walk is only surpassed by your sense of well-being. The Noosa National Park makes you feel alive.


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is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

2 Responses to Ann’s Blog – Walking the Noosa National Park

  1. Celia Clarkson says:

    My favourite walk, Ann, spectacular scenery! Are the nudists still on the south end Alexandria Beach??

  2. My favourite walk, Ann, spectacular scenery! Are the nudists still on the south end Alexandria Beach??

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