Paradise Caves // Noosa National park (QLD)

A sunrise adventure was in order when we were blessed with a long weekend and perfect weather. Noosa National Park is famous for its world class beaches and shorelines, so a buddy and I decided to explore some of the secluded rocky caves and bays in the area.

The Adventure

We had a rough idea of where this cave was so we decided to pack the truck and head towards Noosa. Arriving at Sunshine beach (only 30mins from home) we embarked on our journey north over the headland, camera gear on our backs, coffee in hand and nothing but an iPhone light to guide us through the dense bush trail.

As the forthcoming sunlight slowly began to help us out, we found a secluded bay in which we would spark a sunrise fire (we also carried a separate backpack full of lumber). Whilst the sun rose and the fire got smaller we began to explore the northern end of the bay in search for the first cave. As we scrambled across some sharp and ridged rocks we found what was a large spooky looking dark hole entering the cliff face on the waters edge. With all intention to enter this monster we were unfortunately unable to due to tide levels and large swells. Nonetheless the rocky seascapes with some impressive morning light made for some perfect photo opportunities.

As the sun continued higher we continued back south along the rocks in search for the second cave. Only then did we stumble across the actual ‘Paradise Caves’. They’re quite easily accessible however the rocks get rather slippery if they are wet.

Blue skies, offshore winds and no one around made for a perfect morning and I will definitely be back again to explore.

Essential Gear Required:

  • Enclosed footwear
  • Camera gear
  • Swimmers / Towel
  • Water

How To Get There:

Paradise caves are located on the northern end of Sunshine beach in Noosa national park Queensland. Enter the beach using the very last beach access on Seaview Terrace. Continue along the walking trail the takes you over the northern headland. Turn right at the top of the ridge and continue down a steep decline. Scale the rock face around to the left (preferably low tide) to access the cave.
** Note, at high tide accessing these caves is extremely dangerous


  • Bushwalking
  • Swimming
  • Rock pools
  • Photography

Skill level:

Beginner – Short walk however there are some quite dangerous and slippery sections when scaling the rocks to access the cave.

Distance covered / Elevation Gain:

2km – Return walk

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