Noosa National Park

Surviving a trip to Noosa

Oh, Noosa, you’re such a gorgeous place to visit. The truth is that I’ve never really enjoyed visiting Noosa on a weekend during the daytime. Weekends and any major events can mean absolute gridlock hell. But that is where I will end my complaints about Noosa. My trip to visit “The Fairy Pool” changed my mind completely today.

Plan A was to arrive at Noosa with enough time to scramble to the Fairy Pool with and capture the sunrise as well. One small problem was that I had only been as far as the car park before and only had a rough idea where I was going. I underestimated the amount of time that it would take to get to Noosa in the first place. There were people already showing up and swimming when we arrived and that was a bit of a letdown considering we hit the road at 3:00am from Brisbane city to try and be the only humans there. Still, it was worth the 2:00am alarm clock!

Be warned that you need to get in on a quiet day and possibly very early (or late) in the day to consider getting lucky with a park in the end parking at Noosa Heads. From there, you’ll be about to take on a 2.75km trek to the Fairy Pool. Locals and holiday-makers make very good use of this trail  for their daily exercise routine so expect to see plenty of humans along this trail even in the quieter hours. The ocean trail is also a little hilly so you’ll need to expect some challenging uphill terrain. The first kilometer or so is very well paved with concrete but then opens up to a more natural path which can vary from soft sand to harder and uneven volcanic stone.
Fairy Pool Noosa Heads Panorama


In all the photos I’ve seen online for the Fairy Pool, the colour of the water has been an amazing green and I was really excited to see that it wasn’t just clever image editing, nature really did make this place a very special shade of aqua. One thing that I didn’t expect was the scale of the hill and rocks that lead down to the pool itself. It was quite a job with a backpack and camera tripod to get down there so just keep that in mind if you’re not travelling light. The image above is a 12 image panorama I got as soon as we arrived there.

Fairy Pool Noosa Crystal Water

Depending on the tide, you’ll be greeted with an amazing crystal clear pool that is 100% worth the trip and your time. It is deceptively deep and calm at low tide and I’ve been told can be quite treacherous on a high tide especially when the surf is up so keep that in mind. There are an amazing assortment of corals and small reef fish and crabs in the pool area. You’ll find a second chevron shaped pool just to the east side of this pool which is almost as amazing as this one. I didn’t take any photos of that one this visit sadly.

Fairy Pools Floating

As you can see, it wouldn’t take long for this spot to get overcrowded – it isn’t exactly massive. Because of my recent knee injury I also wasn’t confident I’d be able to get out of the pool without hurting myself so we moved on to the next location after my adventure buddy went for a swim so that one of us could say that we did the Fairy Pool swim. I will be back!

The bays that open up around the Noosa Heads national park are breathtaking and beautiful. The water is clear and you’ll find plenty of surfers taking advantage of the swell produced at the fringes of these headlands. On our way back, we ventured down to Winch Cove which has a tiny beach and really round and smooth volcanic-looking rocks. All the signs say not to swim there because of the natural hazards but going in waist deep was a great relief from the sweaty clothes and oppressive heat coming from the sun already by 8:00am.


If you feel like you’re missing out, you should try and get up there early one morning and find a car park. Take some water, a good pair of walking shoes and a friend and explore the Noosa National Park. I didn’t even touch the surface of this amazing place today and I’m already planning plenty of return trips.

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