Mt Cooroora

Sunshine Coast
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Become your own 'King of the Mountain'.

Mt Cooroora at 446m (Tuchekoi National Park), is probably the most famous of the Sunshine Coast climbs, due to the King of the Mountain race held annually in July since 1979. The fact that it is a race from the pub in town, and the best time is 22:43, gives you the false impression that this might be quite an easy climb, but you would be wrong!

Take time out as you climb to enjoy the stunning views south across the Sunshine Coast and the 360° vista from the top.

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
446m
Maximum Elevation
302m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From the Bruce Highway follow the signs to Pomona. Once in Pomona turn into School Street and then turn into Mountain Street. Park near the sign at the beginning of the walk.

Maps:

Mount Cooroora

Route/Trail notes:

Follow the well worn track up through a wooded area, before a short descent and across a creek bridge. Easy!

Now the hard part as you start to climb along the path and up a series of concrete, rock chiselled and metal stairways. Watch your step, as in places the ground has been eroded.

About halfway up is a side trail with good views and a resting point. From here continue up three more sets of stairs and follow the chains. About 30m from the summit the chain ends and it is a scramble to the top. When the path levels out turn right and follow the track to the rocks at the true summit and fantastic views.

To return, just retrace your steps. It is recommended to 'abseil' the chains going down.

Permits/Costs:

None

Other References/Comments:

Take a picnic and plenty of water.

King of the Mountain

Comments

First time up for my friend and I. It was a little more steep than we expected (tried to judge it from the photos), but certainly an amazing climb!
We took plenty of small rests along the way. There were quite a few people which forces you to stop on the more narrow parts.
School holidays so lots of families, and even some Mums baby wearing.
Would recommend for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness!

MandaPanda on 1 Jul, 2020

Great climb and views. Really enjoyable short walk

Hannah on 21 Jun, 2020

Loved it. Wear gloves for the scrambling. Hard on the legs and knees. Good cardio. It’s national park don’t take your dogs please.

Ivy on 7 Jun, 2020

Great walk, steep & a challenging path in places. Not for the faint hearted. Great views at the top, but very, very busy. We did this on a Sunday morning & unless you love the crowds, I would definitely avoid doing this on a weekend. Glad we did it & enjoyed the challenge, but not the people!

The Nutters on Jun, 2020

An amazing but challenging climb. Allow plenty of rests. Reasonable fitness required.

Jazzy on 29 May, 2020

Very nice climbing. Well maintained. Stunning view!

Remi (Frog n Roo) on 28 May, 2020

g'day friends. looking to do this hike with my one year old son on my back.... am I going to make it?? maybe I go first solo then assess!!

Cara on 25 May, 2020

Nice enough walk. Steepness will get your blood pumping. Would like to do this mid-week so I don't have to wait for people to pass. Reckon I would like to get up and back in under an hour next time.
I clocked the round trip distance from the car park as 3.2km.

Rod Hewins on 24 May, 2020

Good hike, the stairs and chain make it physically challenging but the views were very nice

Ines on 24 May, 2020

Third time doing this track. Must admit after being stuck inside for a while this time took the longest. Lots of people out today enjoying the sunshine and freedom but not enough to warrant and social distancing issues.

Looks like a few large rocks have been dislodged since I was here last. Track still good but makes these bits a little ‘taller’ to try to navigate.

I wear hiking boots for ankle support and don’t use poles for this one. Lots of people wearing sneakers so personal preference really.

Minnie on 16 May, 2020

Video of the climb! https://youtu.be/efDboQJhfeE

Such and underrated/little known climb for people living in Brisbane.

Jared M Stegman on 15 May, 2020

My new favourite hike on the Sunshine Coast. The climb is steep but worth it for the beautiful views of the Sunshine Coast. I got up in about 35 minutes, stopping multiple times on the way up to catch my breath and take in the stunning view. I would love to do it again in the late afternoon while the sun is setting. 10/10.

K8 on 25 Apr, 2020

Nice walk better company

Stoz on 25 Apr, 2020

First time up here and went up at dawn with a couple of ladies I met in the car park.
Really lovely climb. The steps and chains are a great help and going down, for me, is the more challenging part. 35mins to the top with photo stops and the ladies caught up 10 mins later. Such a magical experience and one to be undertaken with a level of reverence in my opinion. But mountains should always have our love and respect shouldn’t they ❤️

Jan Saunders on 5 Mar, 2020

My first time up this mountain and the photos of the steepness don't do it justice. Certainly the hardest climb I have done so far but well worth it for the view.

Darren on 22 Feb, 2020

Me, my wife and our kids (3 and 1) did the climb today. It was hot but we managed! 😊 My 3 year old daughter did it all by herself! Her most difficult climb so far. Not a lot of shade, neither during the climb or at the summit but the view is excellent!

Thomas M on 18 Feb, 2020

This is one of the best mountains the Sunshine Coast/Noosa Region has to offer, with spectacular views north, east, south, and west.

The ascent is immediate so be sure to do some stretches before you hike it if you drove over one hour to get here, as it will quickly catch up with you as you go up the mountain. Some stairs provided and a chain make this climb much easier before hitting some scrambler walls before the summit.

A highly recommended mountain and, in my opinion, the flora here is not entirely degenerated.

basalamant on 2020

Hold on to the chains and bring good shoes!

sam on 11 Oct, 2019

Great loved it

- 1:54
- 2.28km
- 312m

Anthony on 5 Oct, 2019

Lots of steps, scrambling isn’t too bad with the chains. Great area to explore at the top.

Linda on 1 Sep, 2019

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