Noosa North Shore Day Trips Guide

Day Trip Noosa North Shore

Nestled along Queensland’s picturesque Sunshine Coast, Noosa North Shore beckons adventurers with its pristine beaches, lush forests, and diverse wildlife. Embark on a journey of discovery as we explore the hidden treasures awaiting visitors looking for day trips in this region & beyond. From the untamed beauty of the Great Sandy National Park to the breathtaking views atop the lighthouse walk, each destination promises an unforgettable experience.

Noosa North Shore is accessible via short car ferry ride (less than 5min), and you’ll find yourself transported into a world of natural wonders. The beauty of this place is that a lot of it is accessible without needing a 4×4 vehicle. Simply venture out to explore the National Park and the first beach cutting, and you’ll be all set with a 2WD car. If driving on the beach is part of your plan, ensure to get the necessary permits. Drive responsibly at all times and take care not to harm the dunes.


Hiking the Great Sandy National Park

Explore the untamed beauty of the Great Sandy National Park through hikes that promise incredible views and an escape back to nature. Nestled along the stunning coastline of Queensland, Australia, this expansive park boasts a diverse landscape of towering sand dunes, lush rainforests, and pristine coastal heathlands.

Embark on the iconic Cooloola Great Walk, a 102-kilometer trail that winds its way through some of the park’s most breathtaking scenery. Trek through towering eucalypt forests, past crystal-clear creeks, and across vast sand blows as you immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature. Or simply explore a shorter section of the hike and enjoy being immersed in a natural paradise.

Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife such as kangaroos and colourful bird species that call this wilderness home. For more info on the Great Sandy National Park visit: Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park (


Lighthouse Walk

From Noosa North Shore Retreat it will take roughly an hour to get to the lighthouse.

Embark on a journey of discovery along the scenic Cooloola Beach Drive, where adventure awaits at every turn. Tucked away amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Great Sandy National Park lies the historic Double Island Point Lighthouse, a beacon of maritime history and natural beauty. As you make your way up towards the lighthouse, be prepared to be rewarded with 360-degree views that stretch from K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) and Rainbow Beach around to Noosa on a clear day. Keep your eyes peeled on the ocean where you can see playful dolphins, majestic marine turtles, and migrating humpback whales during the cooler months.


Surfing, Turtles, Dolphins – Daytrip to Double Island

The drive to Double Island Point from Noosa North Shore Retreat takes about 1.5 hours.

From snorkelling and surfing in the crystal-clear waters to spotting the local marine life, Double Island offers a plethora of outdoor activities for adventure seekers. At Double Island Point you’ll find what is known as Australia’s longest wave & an ideal spot for longboarding. Don’t forget to bring your board! Nature lovers will delight in the abundance of wildlife that inhabits Double Island Point and its surrounding waters. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins in the waves, majestic whales breaching offshore, and endangered loggerhead turtles nesting along the beaches. 


Explore the iconic Rainbow Beach

From Noosa North Shore Retreat plan to drive about 1.5 hours to get to Rainbow Beach.

With miles of pristine coastline to explore, Rainbow Beach is the perfect destination for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re soaking up the sun, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, or enjoying a leisurely stroll along the shore, there’s no shortage of ways to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of coastal living.

To reach Rainbow Beach from Noosa North Shore, you’ll need a 4WD. Take your car along the Great Beach Drive from Noosa North Shore. Simply head north along the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park, passing through Teewah Village, Double Island Point, and the Coloured Sands. Whether you prefer to drive yourself or join a guided tour, the journey promises stunning coastal scenery and unforgettable adventures. Don’t forget your permit before you enter the beach highway! Always drive safely & responsibly.


Explore Noosa North Shore & Beyond

Noosa North Shore Retreat offers the perfect base for your day trip explorations. Nestled in between Lake Cooroibah, the Great Sandy National Park and 3 minutes from the beach, our retreat offers not just accommodation but an immersive outdoor experience, positioning itself as the ideal launching pad for those eager to explore more of this natural paradise. From glamping to cosy cottages and campsites – we have it all. Explore our accommodation: Stay – Noosa North Shore Retreat

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