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Fairy pools Noosa

Fairy Pools Noosa: Best guide to explore this nature wonder (with map)

If you are at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, you need to visit the National Park Noosa and the Fairy Pools located in Noosa Heads.

The Fairy Pools in Noosa National park are still an (almost) secret hidden gem. And if you are tired of beaching around, then this is a great change for you to enjoy splashing in this natural wonder. You can easily float in the crystal clear water with the most beautiful ocean views in Noosa. If you would like to know how to easily find Noosa’s fairy pools, what to bring with you, where to camp in Noosa Heads and other activities you can do in the National park, then this is for you.

And don’t forget to look up to spot cute koalas in the trees on this beautiful walk.

Fairy pools in Noosa National Park
Fairy Pools of Noosa
Koala in Noosa National park
Koala spotted in Noosa national park

WHAT ARE THE NOOSA’S FAIRY POOLS?

Almost the entire coast of Noosa National Park is quit rocky and a great place for scenic photos. The Fairy Pools are a natural formation of basalt rocks and the sea. Over the many years the movement of water created different shapes, holes and cavities in the rocks. The ocean water comes in and creates a natural pool. However, you need to be careful with splashing waves at high tide.

Fairy pools of Noosa
Fairy Pools of Noosa

HOW TO FIND THE NOOSA’S FAIRY POOLS?

The Fairy Pools are located in the Noosa National Park at the eastern end of Granite Bay. Noosa National park is one of the most beautiful parks in Queensland and definitely worth of spending a day wondering around. Nowadays it is quit easy to find the Fairy Pools in Noosa National Park. Just put them in google and follow the route, however, you need to know where exactly to turn to right on the Coastal Track.

Have a look at map where you can find the Noosa’s Fairy Pools and check the step by step guide below.

a map describing how to get to Noosa's Fairy pools.
Google map: How to get to the Fairy Pools in Noosa Heads

It will take you approximately 45 mins without stops in order to get to the Fairy Pools (total distance: 3.2 km). However, we recommend to stop at a few places on the way to enjoy stunning beaches.

EXTRA TIP: The Fairly Pools of Noosa can be accessed from three directions. The quickest and easiest route is to go to the main entrance of the Noosa National Park and walk around the coastal path past Tea Tree Bay and Granite Bay.

1. GET TO THE NOOSA NATIONAL PARK

If you are coming from Noosa Main Beach (from Hasting Street) you need to follow the path along the coast all the way to Little Cove Beach.

Keep following the wooden path until you get to the main entrance of Noosa National Park. It is quite difficult to park around the main entrance, but you can try to find parking in Mitti Street. We did find parking there when everything else was full.

coastal path to Noosa's fairy pools
Coastal Path

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2. FOLLOW THE COAST – WALK TOWARDS HELL’S GATE

From the main entrance you need to follow the Coastal track to Hell’s Gate. It is one of the most beautiful national park walks and we highly recommend to do it. It will take around 1 hour to get to Hell’s Gate.

3: STOP AT BEAUTIFUL BEACHES FOR A SWIM

Don’t just run to get to the Fairy Pools, but enjoy the views in Noosa national park and freshen up on beautiful beaches along the way. We highly recommend you to make a full day trip to the Fairy Pools with a last stop at Hell’s Gate.

TEA TREE BAY

We absolutely loved Tea Tree Bay Beach. It is quiet, beautiful and the surroundings are stunning. It is really nice to cool down in the middle of the walk.

After your swim, get back to the coastal track and follow the path. At some point you see two paths, towards Dolphin Point and to Hell’s Gate.

Noosa national park
Turn right

Turn to the right and keep following the sign to Hell’s Gate. After 20 minutes you will pass by beautiful Granite Bay where you can swim as well.

GRANITE BAY

4. GET DOWN TO THE FAIRY POOLS

After passing Granite Bay and Picnic Cove you should arrive on this part of the path. You are almost there.

on the way to fairy pools
Almost there

You will finally notice a rocky terrace on your left side. This is where you need to turn left and follow the rocky and steep path down to the Fairly Pools.

The last steps to the Fairy Pools of Noosa
The last steps to the Fairy Pools

You made it! Now you can finally enjoy the beautiful Fairy Pools in Noosa national park.

Fairy pools in Noosa Heads
Sooo refreshing

PICNIC COVE

And just when you thought there is nothing else left, you need to check out this place. On the left side of the fairy pools you can relax at this beautiful beach called Picnic Cove.

Picnic cove
Picnic Cove

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

  • Water & Snacks
  • Sun lotion
  • Swimwear & Towel
  • Hat
  • Walking shoes – The last part is very rocky and walking down to the Fairy Pools with flip-flops/thongs can be dangerous.

If you are planning to visit fairy pools, you need to know that there are no facilities in Noosa National Park (except of a coffee shop at the beginning of the park and bathroom at Tea Tree Bay). That’s why you need to pack snacks, enough water to enjoy a lovely picnic on the beach.

BEST TIPS TO ENJOY FAIRY POOLS IN NOOSA WITHOUT CROWDS

If you like to enjoy the Fairy Pools without crowds you should definitely AVOID PUBLIC HOLIDAYS (Easter and Christmas) weeks and WEEKENDS in Noosa Heads. It is packed. Also, the earlier the better, doesn’t really work in Australia as life in Australia starts early. That is why you can try to go during the hottest time of the day, but other foreign travelers might think the same way.

OUR ADVICE: If you like a more peaceful option and avoid the crowds you could walk to the Fairy Pools through the Noosa National Park from the Sunshine Beach side at Parkedge Road and The Esplanade. It is a bit longer but most likely you will be alone on the path.

WHEN TO VISIT THE FAIRY POOLS IN NOOSA

The weather in Queensland is very nice, even in winter. But probably the best time to visit the Fairy Pools in Noosa Heads, and in general Queensland is during autumn and winter (April to September). It is less busy, not that hot and humid. Also, you still have enough sunshine, the water has 22 degrees and its still very warm during the day. However the mornings and evenings get cooler so bring a jumper.

WHERE TO STAY IN NOOSA HEADS

Noosa Heads has plenty of options for accommodations. The best places are around Noosa Heads but you can also look for more peaceful options around Noosaville or in Sunrise and Sunshine beach.

WHEN TO CAMP IN NOOSA

There are 3 camping sites owned by Noosa Council where you can camp: Noosa river holiday park, Noosa North Shore Beach Campground, Boreen Point Campground. You find more information on fees and locations HERE. If you have a 4WD you can try Booloumba Creek which has also 3 camping areas as it is located in Conodale National Park.

HOTELS & AIRBNBS

There are wide range of hotels in Noosa. If you like something fancy, try Little Cove Court and the Cove Noosa Apartments (more budget friendly) where we actually worked for 4 mounts. The beach views are stunning. Not to mention Little Cove Beach is 100 times better than Noosa Main beach.

Otherwise try budget friendly options Halse Lodge or Nomads Noosa Backpackers. If you have a car you can find some nice Airbnbs around Sunshine or Sunrise Beach. (click HERE to get your $ 40 off on the first stay in Airbnb)

Hope you enjoy your day trip to Fairy pools in Noosa National Park. Let us know if you found them easily.

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Since I was little I always wanted to see the world. Travel to new places, get to know new cultures, see how other people live. I love beaches and I love discovering tropical destinations. That is why, together with my partner Nico, we created this blog to share with you the most beautiful beaches and stunning holiday destinations which we visited during our travels.

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