Although the autumn months are quieter in Noosa, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of one of the many scenic walks and trails our beautiful beach town has to offer. Without the heat, humidity and crowds, visitors and locals alike use the autumn months to put on their comfortable shoes and get out into nature— to take-in some extraordinary beaches, sunrises and sunsets.

Here’s our locals’ guide to the best walks and trails on offer in Noosa this autumn.

The Noosa National Park:

Just a 15-minute walk from Hastings Street, at the end of Park Road, you’ll find Noosa National Park. This iconic Noosa location encompasses a number of tracks, ranging in distance from around 1km to the famous 8.4km track to Alexandria Bay. All the trails hug the coastline and offer sensational views of the incredible beaches in the area. There is also an abundance of local wildlife that calls the park home, so expect to see koalas, black cockatoos and— if you visit in July to October— humpback whales. The grounds are well equipped with amenities and plenty of picnic facilities, so don’t be shy to bring something to enjoy after you take in the sights.

Noosa River:

A short stroll from our luxury waterfront apartments here at Noosa Quays, the Noosa River walk is one of Noosa’s most popular strolls. With a flat pathway stretching from Noosa Sound all the way to Tewantin Marina, this leisurely walk is the perfect way to spend an afternoon or early evening. There’s also plenty of picnic tables and BBQ areas on offer, as well as great restaurants and bars like our award-winning friends, Rickys and Wasabi Restaurant & Bar.

Noosa Trail Network:

Spanning more than 100km and including eight different hinterland trails, The Noosa Trail Network, is the perfect option for those who want to truly experience the Noosa countryside. The trails pass through national park, state forest, council parks and road reserves and are suitable for walkers, 4WDers, bikers— and in some areas— horse riders. The most popular walking route, The Kin Kin Countryside Loop Trail, takes about four hours to complete and takes walkers through a mango farm, past cows and other farm animals and finishes near the iconic Kin Kin Country Life Hotel.

Noosa Heads Boardwalk: 

Even us locals never quite get sick of the views and ambience that the Noosa Heads Boardwalk has to offer. You can join the walk from Hastings St, Sunshine Beach or even follow it down from Noosa National Park. No matter where you join, the boardwalk is the perfect strolling trail, with lots of great coffee shops and brunch spots on offer along the track.

These next two options aren’t strictly in Noosa, but are well worth the short drive.

Mount Coolum:

Only 15 minutes drive from Hastings St you’ll find Mount Coolum: where the lookout offers up the best 360 view of the Sunshine Coast that you’re likely to find. The mountain is over 25 million years old and is 208 meters high, with a track to the look-out that takes around 30 minutes. There’s some stairs involved, but trust us when we say the view is well worth it.

Mount Tinbeerwah:

Once again only 15 minutes from Hastings St, Mount Tinbeerwah offers a wonderful 360 scenic view. It takes around 30 minutes to get to the lookout, but as your reward you’ll be elevated 265 meters and offered an incredible 360-degree view of Noosa and the Noosa River system.

Plan your Noosa accommodation now

The Noosa Food & Wine Festival will return on the 18th of May this year, bringing together four days of some of the best culinary experiences in Australia— paired with beloved wines from around the world.

One of the highlights of the Noosa annual calendar, The Food & Wine Festival, offers a melting pot of sensory experiences, dinners, wine tastings, beach parties and masterclasses— all of which sell out well in advance of the event. An ideal time to enjoy a pre-winter escape, Noosa Quays waterfront apartments are perfectly located to make the most of the four-day event.

This years’ program is impressive, with renowned chefs from around Australia— like Jo Barrett from Oakridge Estate in Yarra Valley and Adam D’Sylva from Melbourne’s Tonka & Coda— joining forces with Noosa’s best.

Paired with the incredible meals on offer are some of the globe’s nicest drops, with winemakers such as AIX from Provence in France and Babich Wines from New Zealand, amongst those sharing their berries.

Program highlights include: Make Peace with the Wine, where attendees will escape to Richard Branson’s private island off the coast of Noosa for an introduction to wine and an exquisite meal to match, and Sunday Lunch in The Groves, where guests will be taken to a working macadamia farm on the outskirts of Noosa for an open air lunch showcasing Sunshine Coast produce.

For full program details, or to buy tickets for the events, please visit: http://noosafoodandwine.com.au/program/

Noosa Quays is only minutes to the festival. Just like the events, our quality waterfront apartments are booking fast. For 2 bedroom apartments or 3 bedroom apartments in Noosa, call us today. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a quality Noosa holiday rental during the festival, visit: http://bit.ly/2ndLhFU

Or to make a Noosa accommodation enquiry please go to: https://noosaquays.com.au/enquire/

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