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.

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.


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.



GPS Tracks


Great short work out.

Lihz on 31 Jan, 2019

Good Easy walk. Sign says two hour return trek but even with moderate fitness we were up in 21 minutes had a look around and took in the spectacular views and then back down in under an hour.

Steve on 27 Jan, 2019

A comfortable walk with medium fitness, a great clear track to walk on with well laid out steps for easy navigation.
Beautiful views both on the way up and at the top!
Take the camera!

Juanita on 27 Jan, 2019

Nice short walk; amazing views up and down the coast and across to the west

Jason on 26 Jan, 2019

A easy one to warm up on. Biggest challenge are the crowds. Active wear central.

Nomadcam on 20 Jan, 2019

Tremendous walk.

Kim on 2019

Have done this a few times now. Last time a few months back with some like-minded hiking friends. Walked up the back way and in hindsight was the better choice. Encountered many (non-hiking) visitors on our way down.

Stephen M on 2019

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

Fantastic walk/hike ... done it a few times. Is quite steep however children still manage to get up and enjoy it.
Great location and view from the top, there is a beach opposite the mountain where you can go and rinse off after the walk.

Daniel & Stacey on 15 Oct, 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 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


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


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