Starting from the car park off Jarnahill Drive, Mount Coolum, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Coolum via a singular track that is stepped all the way up, then heads back. As you take the final step and reach the top, expect to be fascinated by the spectacular, unobstructed views all around. The Sunshine Coast and the vast ocean views, along with the picturesque hinterland views, are surely worth the climb. You can spot planes landing and taking off from the Sunshine Coast Airport as you’re enjoying the scenery. By the way, don’t forget to stop and savor the views on the way up too. The peculiar dome-shaped mountain is also home to the Montane Heath, a plant community consisting of many endangered and rare species. Be careful on the way down, as the steps can be slippery when wet. Keep in mind that there are no toilets in the area. Come early in the morning to avoid the crowd and the midday sun. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Yandina-Coolum Road, 11 then drive for 720 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Yandina-Coolum Road, 11 and drive for another 1.5 km
Turn right onto David Low Way, 6 and drive for another 3.5 km
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto David Low Way, 6 and drive for another 300 m
Turn right onto Tanah Street West and drive for another 335 m
Turn left onto Jarnahill Drive and drive for another 30 m
Turn right and drive for another 40 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park off Jarnahill Drive(25 metres south of intersection with Tanah Street West), head towards the green “Mount Coolum National Park - Dogs are Prohibited” signpost along the concrete car park. Move past the said signpost(to your left) and follow the signage to join the track(Mount Coolum Summit Walk)into the woodland. Stay on the stepped track as it leads you to the summit to continue along Mount Coolum Track.....
Directions & comments
After 20 m pass the water tap (8 m on your right).
After another 6 m pass a seat (5 m on your right)., has a backrest.
Then pass the sign (on your left).
After another 800 m veer left, to head along Mount Coolum Summit Walk.
Then pass the "Mount Coolum" (on your left).
Continue another 60 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 900 m to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
1 h to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)