Kenilworth Bluff - Wilcox Family Park Trail

Sunshine Coast

A seldom used trail through a mixture of woodland and rainforest to the top of the bluff. Make your way up and across to numerous lookout points with spectacular views..

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Rainforest
523m
Maximum Elevation
359m
Total Climb

Getting there:

The entry is marked on the right, 6kms north of Kenilworth on the Kenilworth Brooloo Road. There is a small pull-in area for cars just beyond the signage 'Kenilworth Bluff - Wilcox Family Park'.

Maps:

None found.

Route/Trail notes:

Join the track at the sign, through the gate and follow the fence line between two paddocks and past a few farm buildings. 330 earthen and hardwood-retained steps lead upwards; they call this the 'stairway to heaven' and was built under a Work For the Dole scheme. At the top is a good resting place with a couple of picnic tables.

From here, the track descends to the creek. There are trail marker posts and pink flagging tape has been added for clarification. Follow the creek left for 50m before turning right up the far side or scramble straight across and up. The track continues to the cliff face and travels right around the base. Care needs to be taken, as the track has been washed out in places.

The climb now becomes more vertical, involving “scrambling on small rocky outcrops and gripping sapling trunks to haul up on”. The plateau is several kilometres long with Mount Bunoum at 606m being the highest point. There is a waterfall area about 1km to the west.

Retrace your steps to return, although apparently there is another way down that cuts the original track, but no details are available.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References:

This is Bellbird country and can be almost deafening in places.

https://www.hinterlandtimes.com.au/2016/01/04/hinterland-gem-kenilworth-bluff-a-tricky-climb-steeped-in-history/

http://www.sunshinecoastbushwalkingclub.com/trudge/2010/TrudgeNewsletter_May_10.pdf


Comments

This wasn't to hard. At the summit, we had to bush bash our way across the ridge without many markers. We eventually made our way down the other side which was much faster. The track joins back up at the picnic table.

Lachlan Pickering on 25 Aug, 2019

An exhausting but ultimately great walk. After trekking up the first set of stairs we mistakenly walked to the right of the picnic table (there were red arrows and pink tape). Maybe this used to be the track but not any more! Instead, go straight on, past the picnic table, following the barbed wire fence.

Nicole Y on 4 Aug, 2019

We walked this track around 0800 the track was slightly overgrown and without the pink tape and arrows it would have been more difficult. We managed to get up and down in around 4 hours.

wade on 12 Jul, 2019

Must be very fit people out there. Over grown but we kept moving steadily. Only spent half an hour up the top and round trip was five and a half hours. Find it a bit hard to believe that it's only a bit over 5 klms. Ps we do Mt Coolum in under 40 minutes so it's not like we dawdle.

Len on 2 Apr, 2018

We did our research before this walk, but found that it was very inaccurate as regards time and distance (a lot longer!), so have edited the walk accordingly. The weather was not our friend today with heavy rain at times, so we had to abandon the walk at the bottom of the final climb up the cliff to the plateau for safety reasons.
We will be back later in the year when it is cooler and drier, at which point we will complete the GPS track as well as the final part of the route/trail notes.

F.A.B. on 19 Mar, 2017

Probably the least used trail on the Sunshine Coast. Please be careful and respectful as there is a lot of Aboriginal cultural significant history here.

Sue C on 10 Jun, 2016

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