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, bird life and geology feature here.

No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
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.


Mount Coolum

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.



Other References/Comments:



After a week of rain checked out the waterfall off the cliff

Kelly on 7 Feb, 2020

Probably my 6th time on this walk. Hadn't been for quite a while and really felt it this time. I managed to get to the summit before sunrise but sadly was an overcast day. Always a great view.

Darren on 18 Jan, 2020

Super busy and hot but as always spectacular views and a great walk.

Bobbe on 6 Jan, 2020

So many stairs. Good view at the top

Jeffrey Nuttall on 30 Dec, 2019

Steep but fairly easy walk. You can get to the top in under 20 minutes easily if you are reasonably fit. Stairs most of the way. Beautiful view of Coolum from the top.

K8 on 30 Dec, 2019

Great views from top, a bit hazy that day due to bushfire smoke but well worth it

Bribie 61 on 10 Dec, 2019

Easy steep climb with great views from the top. Ideal place for a quick fitness jaunt as well as great for sunrises and sunsets

Canuckaroo on 22 Nov, 2019

Nice easy walk left to walk up at 4am to get the sunrise

Korina Meagher on 14 Nov, 2019

Go early to beat the crowds.

Danny on 6 Oct, 2019

Do this one every time when I’m in coolum. It’s a steep but not dangerous walk. Lots of stairs. Only takes about 15-20 mins to get up there; but if you have bad knees like me, the descent takes longer because of all of the stairs

Kimberly Oberlin on 23 Sep, 2019

My GPS shows 209 m next to the installation on top.
Enjoyable walk but the view was mostly hindered by the aftermath of a dust storm.
Will be back.
Make sure you bring water with you and put on your hat and sunscreen.

Cris on 6 Sep, 2019

Some new vegetation and more rocks on track and keep off track ropes since closure
30min return

Kmxfitness on 9 Aug, 2019

More stairs than a track and quite steep, doesn't take as long as posted but fabulous views on the ways and at the top. Some of the rocks were a bit slippery so I wouldn't recommend it in the wet.

Annette A on 1 Aug, 2019

Tough little mountain with gorgeous views of the coast

Deon Krahe on 24 Jul, 2019

Quite a busy track - expected as it was the school holidays. Fantastic work being done to upgrade paths!

Naomi Bradley on 2 Jul, 2019

Stunning views. Busy track.

Adelaine Ingham on 1 Jun, 2019

Nice easy walk, though a bit too much foot traffic for my liking. Good to show newcomers to hiking.

JayWalker on 26 May, 2019

Great walk.

Allan on 15 Apr, 2019

Nice walk, stairs decently spaced even for little legs. Was disappointed in the “locals”. We went up late mid morning with the thought most regulars would have already been up and down by that time. Doing it with a 5 year old we weren’t in a hurry, but other people were. To the point of being quite rude on the trail. Even my 5 year old knows trail etiquette. The view was beautiful, but not sure it was worth it unfortunately.

AbbiG. on 31 Mar, 2019

I love Mount Coolum, excellent to run up and down a few times as an everyday run if you live locally. Well stepped all the way and beautiful views from the top. I took my 65 year old mum up and she did it no problems.

xxxNickyxxx on 9 Mar, 2019


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