Hells Gates

Sunshine Coast

Coastal track on the northern side of Noosa National Park with great ocean views before returning over the hill on the Tanglewood track.

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Getting there

Start at the QPW Information Centre, located end of Park Rd, NOOSA HEADS QLD. This is a very busy area particularly on weekends and holidays with the parking limited. You may well have to use the parkland carparks at the other end of Hastings Street, which will add about another 2km to get back to the start of the walk. 


See maps at the info centre or online at http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/noosa/

Route/Trail notes

The first half follows the coast with easy access to several beaches. Once you reach Hells Gate return back the way you came.


No permits required; camping not allowed.


Watch out for the children at Hells Gates, as there is no cliff barrier and a 10m vertical drop.

Other References




It's just views the whole way! Sometimes a whale, sometimes dolphins but always spectacular.

The Lizard King on 30 Aug, 2017

30 July 2017 - Stunning day and views.

David H on 30 Jul, 2017

Easy trek with beautiful views. Exposure to the sun for majority of the trek, so definitely take a hat! I wouldn't do this one on a hot day. Great access for wheelchairs/prams for a good portion of the trail. Trail becomes quite narrow after this with sheer cliff drops in some areas. Seriously amazing views.

Cassablanca on Mar, 2017

Was a great walk. So so beautiful! Wish we left a bit earlier but it was a spur of the moment thing. We saw a python in a tree, a seal playing in the water and a koala. And some of the most amazing scenery I've ever seen. The photos do no justice as to how amazing the place really is.

EmAndy on 8 Aug, 2016

Very enjoyable. Loved the scenery.

Roxanne Hoare on 27 Feb, 2016

Easy path. Hell's Gates has an amazing view and is very windy. Lots of surfers on the way.

Rob Nicholson on 30 Dec, 2015

Great walk, even with a thunderstorm!

totally_dramatic1 on 14 Nov, 2015

Great easy walk, amazing views, even saw 2 humpback whales. The hardest bit was getting a parking space.

Guy on 4 Oct, 2015

We started out early and were lucky enough to get a parking space where the track starts. Great views from the coastal track to the northern side of the bay out to Double Island Point. Highlight is Hells Gates itself, with a 40m drop off to the sea below.

F.A.B (Ferguson.Adventure.Bunnies) on 4 Jul, 2015

Beautiful track easy walk love the views

Bright walker on 29 May, 2015

Took our French exchange student on this walk. Saw whales, dolphins, an echidna, blue tongue lizard and a koala.

Grumps on 13 Aug, 2014

Walked this on a nice clear day, stopped at Tea tree bay for a swim. Once we reached Hells gate we sat and watched as a few sea turtles swam up and down eating the seaweed. Really nice walk.

Ella Raymond on 27 Oct, 2013


lilspark on 5 May, 2013

Didn't stop at the dunes.

Luke80 on 5 May, 2013

Done this walk at least a dozen times, it's a nice brisk stroll without much challenge. It's extremely scenic, ocean views the whole way, with lots of fun detours for beaches and rock pools. There are areas where the path is extremely narrow and it can get busy, so there may be some awkward shoulder-rubbing at the narrowest points when people are coming back the other way or you're overtaking. If you don't like a lot of other people around this isn't the walk for you, if you love looking at the ocean then it is.

SweetLorikeet on 2013

Lucky to live in this part of the world and have this great walk at our doorstep. Have done on several occasions and like to show visitors when they are in town.

John and Robyn on Dec, 2012

Entered the walk from the Sunshine beach side as there is plenty of parking along Park Edge Rd. McAnally St entrance only has 4 car spaces but goes directly to Alexandria beach [clothing optional on beach].

Easy walk along all of the tracks out along the Tanglewood track to Hell's Gate and then follow along the Coast track towards Noosa where there are many tourists and site seers walking. Returned via Noosa Hill to the far end of Park Edge Rd.

Lots of butterflies basking in the sun spots on the track and magnificent views along the coast from the headland.

The track is quite sandy and is easily walked in casual shoes.

Rataholic on 13 Mar, 2012

Nice walk, easy for the family. Probably one of the most walked track in Australia.

Grumps on 10 Jan, 2012

Very windy on the coastal track, worth the stop at Hells Gates. Took about 1hr 20mins. Very easy walk.

jen on 25 Sep, 2011

Rained pretty much all the way. Good views on the coastal track not much on the Tanglewood track.

Steven Pynor on 19 Mar, 2011


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