Visiting the Sunshine Coast Coolum Beach Accommodation and looking for something a little out of the norm of swimming or surfing in the beautiful waters, walking along the beach, enjoying a coffee at a café or a spot of shopping.

1303613Why not climb Mt Coolum – you will be rewarded with spectacular 360 degree  views of the Sunshine Coast, including Caloundra and the Glass House Mountains to the south, the cane fields, Maroochy River and Blackall Range to the west and Noosa Heads to the North.

Mt Coolum, is one of the Sunshine Coast’s ancient volcanic
domes and is visible from various areas on the coast.  This impressive dome shaped mountain is 208 metres above sea level. Along with the views a visit to Mt Coolum National Park, you will also be rewarded with beautiful birdlife and impressive diversity of plants existing in the park. An added bonus during winter and spring climbs is the chance of spotting the amazing migrating whales.

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Approximately 50,000 people climb the rock annually. 2012 saw major works carried out to the walking track to address safety and to make the track more environmentally sound. Approximately 380 tonnes of locally sourced rock was hand placed with 120 tonnes of rock hauled on the mountain by helicopter to build intricate steps, platforms and seats during the project.

The upgrade to the track has meant more people have the opportunity to enjoy this experience.  To start you walk in open forest and as the elevation increases the steps commence.

A great way of getting out of saying “you need a breather” is to stop and enjoy the views from the platforms and seats on the track.

TowardsView Mt Coolum 8 the summit the steps cease and you then have to navigate the steep rocky track – which may be a little tricky for some walkers. Worth preserving if yo
u can; if you are unable to don’t worry you still have magnificent views to enjoy and take photos while waiting. It is important that you stay on the track at all times to ensure your safety. Mount Coolum National Park map (PDF, 48K)*

 

The climb is used by many locals for training sessions – running up and down several times, some even with weights!!!!

Essentials to have before heading off on your walk are sturdy shoes, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, repellent and camera; it is recommended to never walk alone. You should allow around 2 hours for the 1.6km return walk. For safety it is advised that you only climb the mountain on dry days as the track can become very slippery.