Noosa National Park is a haven for wildlife and the perfect place to explore the Great Forest with kids. It's home to koalas, kangaroos and over 100 other different species of native animals. You can also hike along one of the five walking tracks or take a stroll through the eucalyptus forest on an easy stroll. Your kids will love pretending they are lost in the wilderness, build their own tree house or capture photos of koalas hiding in the hollow trees.
The best way to explore the park is by hiking one of the many walking tracks. Your kids will love being one with nature and seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Our favorite hikes for kids are the Noosa National Park Discovery Walk, this is a family-friendly walk suitable for all ages and abilities. It's a 1.5-kilometre walk through the rainforest, along the Noosa River and next to a mangrove estuary.
Walk to Widden Beach, this is a three-kilometre walk that follows the sandy beach and is a great way to spend the day with your family.
The Noosa River Walk is a five-kilometre walk along the river that is suitable for all ages and abilities. It is a good option for when it is hot as the river is shaded by trees.
The Headland section main entrance and Laguna lookout car parks are subject to Noosa Council's 4hr regulated parking. The Headland section main entrance car park is at Noosa Heads. This car park is very popular and busy.Get directions
After spending the day trekking through the rainforest, you and your kids will be hungry! Food options in the park are limited so we recommend packing your own snacks and drinks. These can be enjoyed at one of the many picnic tables in the park. Food options close to the park include Widdy's Restaurant: Located in the Noosa National Park Visitor Centre, this restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their kids' menu includes chicken nuggets, fish fingers, and burgers. Cafe on the River: This cafe is located in the Noosa National Park car park. It is open for breakfast and lunch.
The best time to spot koalas in the rainforest is early in the morning. Head out on one of the walking tracks and bring a torch to spot them in the hollow trees. Once you spot them, you will be amazed by their cuteness! While you are on the walking tracks, listen out for other wildlife. You might hear the squawking of cockatoos, the grunting of kookaburras or the rustling of possums in the trees. There is also a good chance you will spot some colourful lorikeets along the walk.
Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
A backpack is essential to store snacks, water, and any belongings you need. It is also a great way for your kids to carry their own belongings. Bring a torch so you can see in the dark. Comfortable hiking shoes, it is important to wear comfortable walking shoes when hiking. Also do not forget sunscreen, the rainforest is shaded and there is not much sun, but it is still important to apply sunscreen. Bring a first aid kit with bandages, painkillers, and insect repellent. You never know what scrapes and cuts your kids might get.
It is a good idea to bring your camera to capture the beauty of the rainforest.