New Zealanders Helen Murtagh and Shane Inder set off for a walk in Noosa National Park.
New Zealanders Helen Murtagh and Shane Inder set off for a walk in Noosa National Park. Geoff Potter

Noosa a top walking spot

NOOSA has been named one of the top 10 destinations in Australia for healthy hoofing and is in line to be the No.1 destination for those with a passion for tourism that is anything but pedestrian.

Health magazine Prevention Australia, in conjunction with Channel 7’s Sunrise program, is looking for Australia’s Best Walking Town.

Voting is taking place online until June 30 between Noosa and the other contenders: Townsville, Port Macquarie, Narooma, Canberra, Bright, Shepparton, Adelaide, Esperance and Launceston.

The official entry blurb for our local hope reads: “One of Queensland’s most popular tourist destinations, Noosa Heads is famous among walkers for the national park that bursts from its town centre across 454 hectares of bushland and down to the ocean.

“We have walking tracks through the national park, around the beaches, rivers and lakes, as well as hills to test you as you climb against a backdrop of ocean, whales and dolphins.”

Certainly, newly-arrived Kiwis Shane Inder and Helen Murtagh could not wait to get out and about on the national park track, past the Boiling Point and beyond.

The Auckland couple like a good scenic trek and had been told to make sure they tramped along Noosa.

“We were recommended to do it by a friend from New Zealand who did it yesterday,” Helen said.

Passing by, having been along the whole coastal track to Sunshine Beach via Alexandria Bay and back, were Adelaide walkers John and Sue Harry.

“It was beautiful,” John said.

“We saw a lot of fish in the water.”

Prevention Australia editor Natalie Filatoff said research had shown that just five minutes of walking in a green environment lifted a person’s self esteem and confidence.

“And the presence of water – which you have lots of in Noosa – seems to enhance the effect,” Ms Filatoff said.

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