This hub of lush and ancient greenery sits in close proximity to Noosa proper - just a 10 to 15 minute drive away - and makes for an easy-to-recommend half day trip destination for those in search of a dose of alternative nature in contrast with the region's signature golden sands. Tewantin National Park is largely a mixture of protected rain and eucalypt forests, and serves as a haven for numerous kind of local wildlife as a result. On a visit here, it's not uncommon to encounter the likes of koalas, wallabies, echidnas and frogs as well as numerous bird species that add a touch of colour (and wonderful sound) to any way exploring its offerings. Mt. Tinbeerwah is the park's most obvious and striking natural feature, with its rocky appearance and dedicated lookout point that offers wonderful 360° hinterland, lake and even ocean views in return for navigating its walking track a major drawcard for most visitors. The track itself is largely paved and well-maintained, and while it's uphill for its entirety it's not too much of a challenge; expect to take around 10 minutes to reach the lookout point from the adjacent carpark. Views atop the lookout point of the surrounding nature are wonderful, and visitors can also often see adventurous abseilers making their way down the side of the cliff face. The national park is also home to a number of quality mountain bike trails of varying grades, with routes blending a mixture of jumps, turns and plenty of scenery to make for a rewarding ride. Travelling through the rainforest on either foot or wheel also leads to some wonderfully fresh and clear lakes that are fine to drink from on hot days, too.