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.

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:



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

Enjoyed this walk, plenty of stair's and the track is well constructed. Good for all levels of fitness & children as well. Great view but wear mosquito repellent

El Duko on 9 Mar, 2019

First hike i ever did wasnt hatd but wasnt easy eather perfect for beginners.

Steele on 17 Feb, 2019

So crowded now of a morning but still a great view from the top

MattyM on 12 Feb, 2019

Great walk up, rather steep in the second half but clear and an easy track all the way through. Lots of little trails from the top of you explore around

Angus Small on 9 Feb, 2019

Our 6th and final mountain for the day good clear well maintained paths.
23min 38sec up, 20min 06sec down

Juanita on 3 Feb, 2019

6/6 in the mountain challenge. 22:38 up. 20:06 down.

Steve on 3 Feb, 2019

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


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