Noosa to Sunshine Beach - Coastal Track

Sunshine Coast

A beautiful coastal track from Noosa National Park H.Q. to Sunshine Beach Surf Club. Via Hells Gates and Alexandria Bay nudie beach!

No Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Head to Noosa Heads and at the roundabout on Hastings Street turn right and follow the road to the end. This is a very busy area particularly on weekends and holidays with the parking limited. You may well have to use the parkland car parks at the other end of Hastings Street, which will add about another 2km to get back to the start of the walk.

The alternative is to walk from the southern end at Sunshine Beach. The beach, McAnaly Drive or Parkedge Road all have access points.


See maps at the info centre or online at

Route/Trail notes:

Follow the tourist track past the magnificent Tea Tree Bay to Hells Gates. This is a very popular section of coastal walk. From there head down onto Alexandria Bay Beach. Beware. This beautiful beach is frequented by some not so beautiful people, who dislike clothes. Avert your eyes and head to the south end of the beach. Then follow the un-kept track up the hill towards the headland. Keep going along the ridge, then down the hill onto the very long Sunshine Beach. Stroll on south for about 1km until you reach the Life Saving Tower. Then head up the hill to the Surf Club for a well deserved beer.

After a nice lunch catch the courtesy bus back to Noosa.


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.



Pretty walk but very busy. Some of the other trails in the NP are far less congested but still lovely views

Wez on 11 Aug, 2019

Easy track and very beautiful. Even saw a sea turtle from the shore !

AmyKT on Jun, 2018

Absolutely stunning walk. The stairs at the end were good exercise!

Alex van de Velde on 15 May, 2016

Walked the trail from bottom and top. Refreshing skinny dip (!!) at Alexandria Beach before getting to Hells Gates. Well worth the walk and amazing in the summer time.

F.A.B. on 9 Mar, 2015


Pardo on 10 Jun, 2014


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