Mount Coolum

Sunshine Coast
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Enjoy a steep trek to the summit of one of the Sunshine Coast’s ancient volcanic domes. Created about 26 million years ago, Mount Coolum is a laccolith, formed when a dome-shaped bulge of magma cooled below the Earth’s surface.
Spectacular coastal views, rare and threatened plants, wildflowers, bird life and geology feature here.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Rainforest
Eucalypt Forest
197m
Maximum Elevation
181m
Total Climb

Getting there:

Turn off the David Low Way 6 km south of Coolum Beach township or 3 km north of Marcoola township into Tanah Street (West). The car park entrance is near the junction of Tanah Street (West) and Jarnahill Drive.

Maps:

Mount Coolum

Route/Trail notes:

Follow the signs and stick to the track. Due to erosion from so many walkers, about 3/4 of this track has now been paved and stepped.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

None.

Comments

It's a nice walk. Pretty much all steps though so wasn't my cup of tea.

Carla on 3 Oct, 2021

Father's Day Hike

Jana on 5 Sep, 2021

Track has been majorly upgraded since my last visit and a new lookout amphitheatre has been constructed, providing a place to sit at the top. Climb with Liliana, Jasmine and Brianna(in a baby carrier).

David Findlay on 29 Aug, 2021

Quite technical under foot, worth the view.

Melody on 12 Apr, 2021

Steep, stairs most of the walk but views are worth the effort.

Cheriece Johnson on 7 Mar, 2021

Great walk with beautiful views from the top.

Debbie on 6 Feb, 2021

Great walk with beautiful views from the top.

Debbie on 6 Feb, 2021

This is a great mountain that is beautifully manicured with natures stones to make steps. Easily the most built up climb I've done to date. In fact I enjoyed it so much I did it a few times a day when down that way because it was worth the climb and descent. Many people on the track so always safe. Beautiful views from the top. Took my small family up it a couple times too and they did it easily. With so many stairs maybe a stretch before and after would be wise. I'll be going back again for sure!

Valda Wakefield on 12 Jan, 2021

Always a good stretch of the legs. Nothing too strenuous.

Steve on 4 Jan, 2021

Relatively easy walk you can complete it in under an hour if you exercise regularly nice view considering the low time investment.

Polarbear88 on 1 Jan, 2021

Did this after doing Mt Cooroora. Steep but do able. The path could use a guide rail here or there to make it a little safer but on the whole it's good track to the top and gets easier once you get up.

Chewie on 15 Nov, 2020

Beautiful views of the coast throughout this uphill walk. There's lots of steps so make sure you stretch first.

Grace P on 9 Nov, 2020

Very busy these days but always worth it from the top. Easy walk for all ages. Take water.

Tess on 27 Sep, 2020

Lots of stairs but so worth the view

Leigh James on 10 Sep, 2020

Great way to start a girls weekend away. Did this walk mid morning on a Friday and it was relatively busy. Lots of pleasant 'hellos' and everyone was super polite and courteous to different fitness levels. Easy walk, steady incline and great views of the pacific ocean at the top.

Koko on 29 Aug, 2020

Short and gorgeous! Cant wait to see sunrise and sunset here.

Chesspeople on 9 Aug, 2020

Another good walk. As every other walk at the moment it was really busy. Parts of the track seem to have been upgraded a bit since our last visit. It's a really good track, though some parts are really steep and exposed.

Ian and Sue on 18 Jul, 2020

Another good walk. As every other walk at the moment it was really busy. Parts of the track seem to have been upgraded a bit since our last visit. It's a really good track, though some parts are really steep and exposed.

Ian and Sue on 18 Jul, 2020

Very steep straight up walk. Majority is steps made of rocks and stone so need to watch your footing constantly.
View at the top worth it, but not much space to look around at the top.

Kell on 16 Jul, 2020

Very steep straight up walk. Majority is steps made of rocks and stone so need to watch your footing constantly.
View at the top worth it, but not much space to look around at the top.

Kell on 16 Jul, 2020

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