the Noosa Longweekend's very popular free daily guided walks through some of the most beautiful bush and beaches in the world, with commentary and guidance from local environment identity, Michael Gloster
8.00 a.m. Envirowalk No. 1:
Noosa National Park - Weyba high dunes circuit
These magnificent high dunes provide a beautiful morning walk through pristine coastal wallum - an infrequently visited wild flower treasure trove that became a hotly contested battlefield when they faced ruination through sub-division in the 1990s. A three kilometre track on a sandy and sometimes moderately steep grade. Allow around two hours. Meet at the northern corner of Mahogany Drive and David Low Way , Marcus Beach.
8.00 a.m. Envirowalk No. 2
Hastings Street - Laguna Lookout - Little Cove circuit.
From Hastings Street we climb a steep gully behind heritage listed Halse Lodge to Attunga Heights and Viewland Drive to Laguna Lookout in Noosa National Park, before returning to Hastings Street via Little Cove. An almost continuous climb up to the lookout, but worth it for the fabulous views, and an opportunity to explain the background to the Noosa population cap. Allow two hours. Meet on the boardwalk in front of the Noosa Heads Surf Club, Hastings Street , Noosa Heads.
8.00 a.m. Envirowalk No. 3
Noosa National Park Coastal Track, Alexandria Bay and Tanglewood Track circuit.
The walk from the main picnic area in Noosa National Park is recognised as one of Australia 's most iconic with intimate beaches, rugged headlands and majestic seascapes. How this national treasure was saved from development is a story worth listening to. The return Tanglewood Track passes through coastal wallum, scribbly gum forest and rainforest. Allow two hours or so. Meet at the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Information Centre just inside the entry to Noosa National Park at the end of Park Road , Noosa Heads.
8.00 a.m. Envirowalk No. 4
This walk provides panoramic 360 degree views of the Noosa region. A visual introduction to Tewantin, Ringtail and Yurol State Forests , much of which Noosa conservation organisation, Noosa Parks Association, is campaigning to have protected as national park. A short but moderately steep walk of about half a kilometre on a track consisting of a series of steps. Allow one and a quarter hours or so. Meet at the carpark at the end of Tinbeerwah Road , off the Noosa-Cooroy Road .
Friday June 25
8.30 a.m. Envirowalk No. 5
Double Island Point Circuit.
A breathtaking and at times steep walk of approximately 4 kilometres. From the northern tip of Teewah Beach we will traverse the Double Island Point sand blow to capture the stunning views to Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island , before walking along the eastern tip of Rainbow Beach and over the rocks to Paradise Beach . A great opportunity for a mid morning dip. We will then proceed up the headland to the Double Island Point Lightstation, and have morning tea before visiting the lighthouse, and discussing its history and cultural significance. After the bring-your-own morning-tea, we will return down the headland to reach Teewah Beach at 11.00 am . The walk itself will start at 8.30 a.m. from the gate to the Lightstation located right at the northern end of Teewah Beach . You will need to arrange your own 4WD transport to travel up Teewah Beach from the Tewantin ferry, leaving Tewantin no later than 7.00 am , and allowing at least an hour for driving up the beach. High tide on the beach is around 1.20 pm , which is why the walk has been designed to start from Double Island Point at 8.30 a.m. and leave there at 11.00am . Gold coin donation to Noosa Parks Association.
8.00 a.m. Envirowalk No. 6
Hastings Street, Noosa Woods, Noosa Spit and Main Beach circuit.
Explore the early morning ambience of famous Hastings Street , examine the rainforest regeneration of Noosa Woods and Noosa Spit and enjoy the quiet beauty of Noosa River Estuary and Noosa Main Beach . Understand the planning issues and conservation battles that have been fought and won over the past four decades. Allow one and a half hours or so. Starts and finishes on the boardwalk in front of the Noosa Heads Surf Club at the eastern end of Hastings St .
8.00 a.m. Envirowalk No. 7
Noosa River foreshore, Tewantin to Noosaville.
The walk follows the delightful Noosa River along entirely flat terrain to the jetty at the end of Weyba Road , Noosaville. Hear the story behind the preservation of the Noosa River , and the conservation of Noosa north shore. Allow about two and a half hours overall. Starts at the Noosa Regional Art Gallery in front of Noosa Council Chambers, Pelican Street , Tewantin.
Gold coin donation to Noosa Parks Association for all walks.
For locations, booking and further details, please or check out www.noosalongweekend.com or call 54424546.
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