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
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

Lots of stairs but so worth the view

Leigh James on 10 Sep, 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

18-25mins from base to summit at reasonable pace. Family friendly. Enjoy summit, take photos and get back to car in an hour.

Kelly Seery on 11 Jul, 2020

Jolly good fun. Wonderful views. Lots of people exercising by racing up and down.

wolfgang on 3 Jul, 2020

Great walk, fantastic views, but be prepared for a lot of people on the track & at the top. We went first thing in the morning during the week & it was very busy with people going to watch the sunrise. A good walk that gets the heart pumping though, but I wouldn't race to do it again.....too many people.

The Nutters on Jun, 2020

Good climb physical , busy no weekends or holidays

Gerald Emery on 26 May, 2020

Very popular walk, and on a beautiful autumn Sunday there was a constant stream of walkers, joggers and runners. Very well constructed rock steps all the way to the top, with plenty of spots to pull over to catch your breath and let the speedsters pass! Spectacular views from the top, and the viewing/sitting area can get very busy too. Might be a bit quieter on a weekday.

Bythebeach on 24 May, 2020

Amazing view, tested my conditioning or lack thereof but totally worth it. Trail in excellent condition and while there where load of people they were all friendly and courteous.

Andrew Morgan on 16 May, 2020

Good little video including drone footage of the hike up Mount Coolum - https://youtu.be/efDboQJhfeE

Jared M Stegman on 20 Feb, 2020

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

Kelly on 7 Feb, 2020

Beautiful sunrise walk. Don’t forget your insect repellent- I was eaten alive by huge mozzies! I found it quite difficult as I am fairly unfit but husband and kids (12&9) managed fine.

Scrase on 2 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

A fantastic view from the top, but don't fall into the trap of going on a weekend; it is like an amusement park.

This is a highly touristed location so the access is easy with stairs.

I recommend going at night, too.

basalamant on 2020

Do this one weekly. Its a great hike fairly easy but stsill gets the heart pumping. Very busy hike but worth the views.

MELG on 2020

So many stairs. Good view at the top

Jeffrey Nuttall on 30 Dec, 2019

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