Mount Coolum

Sunshine Coast

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, birdlife and geology feature here.

Lookouts
No Dogs 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. Roads to the car park are suitable for all vehicles.

Maps:

http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/mount-coolum/about.html#things_to_do

Route/Trail notes:

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

Permits/Costs:

None

Comments

This is not a bad little walk. Not so great on the knees going down. Went on a weekday, so I didn’t spot to many people which was nice. Have heard it’s highly populated on the weekend.

Alana on 3 Dec, 2018

Easy Hike..steps most of the way to the top..and will be very slippery when wet..many mini trails to explore the top of the mountain and heaps of fantastic photo opportunities..watch out for the Falcons they are beautiful..keep in mind only open to the public on weekends till November due to work being done.Lovely hike to take kids on to get them into it

Ashwin on 6 Oct, 2018

Wonderful but wear a hat

Mattshan on 23 Sep, 2018

Great views

drewmac on 9 Sep, 2018

The view and landscape of this mountain was so beautiful! It was better than I was expecting. Very busy though- I suggest visiting during the week if possible to avoid big crowds.

AmyKT on 12 Aug, 2018

Awesome views. Very busy

Hillbilly Aussie on 12 Aug, 2018

Beautiful views feels longer than it is only because of how quickly the trail elevates Easy walk stairs the whole way.

Georgia Keogh on 4 Aug, 2018

Beautiful

Grace Lee on 2 Aug, 2018

There are a lot of people on the track, so a traffic up and down was quite busy. The walk is not too easy for small kids, but it is still possible to do it (I was on Mt Coolum with 3 & 6 yo kids)

Alex on Aug, 2018

Beautiful views

DesmOgirl on 1 Jul, 2018

Even though the sign said a 2hr return, it only takes about 20-30mins to reach the top, depending on your fitness. The views are beautiful. The track itself is made in such a way that it blends in well with the environment. Would definitely recommend for anyone who has a spare hour or two around Coolum.

EJ on 30 Jun, 2018

A local mountain, basically 'in town'. It is known to locals as "Jehovah's Holy Mountain'; apparently as it sits atop the local congregation and resembles some other mountain in the Jerusalem area. (the latter not verified) Anyhow it seems to be always very busy and the car park full to overflowing at almost every hour.
At the top there is little shade--and all the tourists hogging that, so take--as you always should, ensure sunscreen and water. ( Locals are more inclined to be trying to do the walk quicker so have long since got past stopping to smell the roses--or enjoy the views.)
It is rare that you do not see people of all ages and ethnicity and so, yes, little children and us Oldies (Pensioners).
A continuous stream of people use this as cardiovascular fitness exercise training so be prepared to keep 'giving way'. At the base car park camp there is a juice and coffee van. You will not see this on any other mountain-so if you like your caffein hit--go for it. (Do note dear fellow geriatrics--- get your fix after the walk as no toilets on these mountains)
This particular mountain has become so popular that steps have been considerately places all the way with many rest areas to enjoy the scenic spectacular coastal views. One can even see planes arriving and leaving at the Sunshine Coast airport at Marcoola (Mudjimba.)
Having now done this walk three times I can recommend it as quickly accessible, relatively easy for all age groups, enjoyable refreshing photographic views with the only problem being the difficulty often in getting a park on site.
The car park access is near or actually on the junction of Tanah Street (West) and Jarnahill Drive. (One can park on the roads nearby)
One can take an hour or two to return, depending on ages, health and desire to see and appreciate the many views all the way.
My motto is "If your'e gonna do it (Anything) do it well and thoroughly. One never knows if this might be your only chance to have this experience.

Paul on 27 Jun, 2018

Loved climbing Mt Coolum, I am not fit but managed to get all the way to the top. Beautiful views from up there. Lots of people coming and going, so be mindful of the steep climb and traffic. Well worth the climb!

Marisa on 21 Jun, 2018

Well marked, very popular track. Plenty of formed steps made by surrounding rocks. Great panoramic views. Recommend it to everyone, not hard, take your time.

Maxine K Stringer on 14 Jun, 2018

First time doing this on a weekend, car park was packed and a steady stream of people heading up. Pretty easy walk, can ascend in around 15 minutes if you walk at a steady rate. Good view for the level of effort required to walk it, can watch all the planes on approach to Runway 18.

Vonsnrub on 28 Apr, 2018

Loved this walk. The view was spectacular. Loved how we could watch the planes take off from Sunny Coast airport.
It is a little rocky closer to the Summit so be careful with younger kids. Does get busy !

Smitho on 12 Apr, 2018

Simple walk. My 3 and 5yo both did it easily. If you stand vertical and walk up a couple of flights of stairs then you could climb this. View from the top nice, wouldn’t say spectacular. Good way to wear your kids out.

iano on 11 Apr, 2018

A popular walk, not too challenging to hike up. It is currently Easter holidays so understandably popular, but still easy to escape the crowds at the top to get a good view point and your all essential ‘I made it’ photos! Incredible views in all directions (though more challenging to get to the western views) make the sweat well worth it. Wish more people would say thanks for you giving way to them...a little courteous behaviour goes a long way.

SparkySparkler on 9 Apr, 2018

EASY
3/5

A hike that I would do once if I was in the area, but probably not again. Mostly walking up stairs. Not fun for the knees. Minus 1 point for the stairs (I do not enjoy stairs).

Basically the same view of the ocean and beach the whole way up. Even at the summit, your view is restricted to the coastline. Due to the abundance of foliage at the summit, the inland view is mostly blocked. Coastline view is also ruined a little in my opinion by the housing scattered up and down the coast. Minus 1 point for lack of variety of scenery in terms of both the track and the surrounding landscape.

Doable for most ages including kids. Good activity for young families I guess? Might be interesting to go again for sunrise or sunset.

Sam on Apr, 2018

Beautifully curated walk with handbuilt stairs most of the way. Popular busy track, exposed at top so bring sunscreen. Fairly steep gradient, good for training.

Museum of Jus on 4 Mar, 2018

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