Ever wondered how to get to one of the most Insta-famous spots on the Sunshine Coast?  In this article, we’re going to walk you through exactly how you can find Noosa Headland’s iconic Fairy Pools.

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Swimmers
  • A towel
  • Thongs, sandals or walking shoes
  • A hat
  • Water


Where to Park

Noosa Heads is one of the most popular places on the Sunshine Coast, so finding a park near the Fairy Pools isn’t always easy.

The best place to leave your car is Noosa National Park Carpark.  It has plenty of shaded parks, and it’s close to the start of the Noosa Coastal Walk track.

Unfortunately, if you come during a busier time of year like Queensland school holidays, the NP carpark might be full.  There’s lots of two-hour street parking nearby, but your best option is the free three-hour parking at the end of Hastings Street.  If that’s full, you’ll almost certainly find free, unlimited-time parking along Claude Batten Drive.

Getting to the Fairy Pools

Once you’ve sorted parking, make your way to the start of the Noosa Coastal Walk, which starts as a concrete footpath next to the Noosa National Park Carpark.

coastal walk ocean views
The views from the Noosa Coastal Walk are simply stunning.

Follow the path past Boiling Pot Lookout and Tea Tree Bay.  Most of this section is shaded by partial tree cover, and there are a handful of unsealed turnoffs leading to other walking tracks – ignore these, and keep following the main path.  You can also find a toilet about halfway along this section, which is the last restroom before the Fairy Pools.

Couple walking along Noosa Coastal track.
A pair of adventurers making their way along the concrete section of the Coastal Walk.

When you reach Dolphin Point Lookout, the track becomes unsealed and gravelly.

dolphin point turn-off
The left-hand turn leads to Dolphin Point Lookout; the right-hand turn takes you to the Fairy Pools.
fairy pools dirt track
This section of the Coastal Walk can get very hot in bare feet, so make sure you take thongs or shoes.

This section of the walk loops around Granite Bay, and can get pretty hot during summer, as there’s little to no shade.

granite bay view of the fairy pools
The Fairy Pools, viewed from across Granite Bay.

You’ll find the Fairy Pools at the far end of the bay, marked by a wooden bench gazing out across the ocean.

fairy pools bench

The pools themselves aren’t accessible via the main track, so you’ll have to leave the path and (carefully) follow either of the two narrow goat-tracks that twist down the steep cliff-face.

fairy pools view
One of the Fairy Pools, viewable from the main walking track. It’s a long way down, so be careful when descending.

If you’re travelling with children, you can also access the Fairy Pools more safely by walking across the Granite Bay rocks.

And that’s it!  Congratulations – you made it.  Now all that’s left is to take that classic Fairy Pool swimming shot and upload it to Instagram.


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