Mt Cooroora

Sunshine Coast

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.

Picnic Facilities
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
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.


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.



Other References/Comments:

Take a picnic and plenty of water.

King of the Mountain


4/6 in the mountain challenge. Was a great mountain to get under the belt and will definitely do it again. 43:27 up. 35:08 down.

Steve on 3 Feb, 2019

Took 2-3 hours, including some time at the summit. As we approached this mountain we thought it was too steep and too tall for us to reach the summit. We had an 8 year old with us. But we all did, and glad we did as it was an accomplishment that we thoroughly enjoyed! Wear. Good. Grip. Footwear!! :P. And avoid when it's rainy or you may slip all over the steep rocks. The views at the top are in different locations where trees arent obstructing, as there are many trees at the top. Still great photo spots. One of my favourite mountains I've done! One hiker we met brings her four year old up, although I wouldnt, as it was a challenge for the 8 year old with us. Stay by the chains when they are there. At one point we didnt because another way looked easier. That was a mistake as I got 'stuck'with genuine fear at that point. Pretty high mountain so if youre pretty scared of heights, might not be for you. I post photos of my hikes to and I am based in the Sunshine Coast :)

Hannah MC on Feb, 2019

A great short but challenging walk with some steep bits and some good views from the top

MattyM on 12 Jan, 2019

Loved being up with the clouds

Jessika on 3 Jan, 2019

Really enjoyed this hike - a bit of everything ranging from a bush walk, stairs, and a bit of scrambling. Great views from the top. Completed in 1.5 hours with a short break at the top.

Hannah on 27 Dec, 2018

Took my nine year old son up this afternoon - he loved it!
The summit became covered in cloud just as we arrived which was sublime.
Luckily no accompanying rain so the descent was fine.
It would be hard in the wet.

Juiced Pixels on 15 Dec, 2018

Was a little scared from reading the comments. “Challenging” “Tough” I was like oh boy! Didn’t find this walk to difficult in the end. Definitely had the heart pumping none the less. Completed it in 1 hour 20mins no competition for the king of the mountain. Personally found the first km harder than the rock scramble chained section. Lovely walk overall. Beautiful views.

Alana on 3 Dec, 2018

Great steep climb. Fantastic 360 views at the top.

Lihz on 30 Nov, 2018

Really nice walk, lots of scrambling sections but the chains and steps really helped
It's a tough climb but you can do it at your own pace and enjoy the amazing views as you go

SamSam on 24 Nov, 2018

Did this one Impromptu..did not regret it..its tough on the knees but well worth the effort..quite step but metal steps have been placed there and chains are there to help you up and is quite exposed towards the tops but no cliff edges ..views are amazing

Ashwin on 5 Oct, 2018

Beautiful clear day for the climb

drewmac on 9 Sep, 2018

A challenging but very rewarding and fulfilling climb!

Ravenburn on 8 Sep, 2018


Marcel on 26 Jul, 2018

I revisited this Mountain first time in two years after a serious leg injury, had forgotten what a challenge it was and had notices alot of erosion since last climbing it, however it was achievable and not so busy like Coolum, though I would definitely say a completely different grading to Coolum, this Mountain does require scrambling a fair bit where you have to mindfully choose both foot holes and hand holes to lever yourself up, I crab crawled on my back side some areas on the descent , I noticed some turn round facing the mountain doing it this way. but a sense of achievement when completed and the view at the top is definitely one of the better ones.

Kath v on 26 Jul, 2018

Easy climb with wife and two daughters 9 and 12. Scramble up rock steps and chain for about 100 metres to the summit. Well worth it with outstanding 360 views. Pomona is a great little town to relax in afterwards.

Coopsy on 2 Jul, 2018

I found this walk really fun and rewarding! It gets your heart rate going and the legs burning. The scramble is only short and is fun.

Alex on 11 Jun, 2018

Took my 60 year old parents on this hike, they haven't hiked in a long time but enjoyed it (and found it quite hard). The scramble wasn't too bad and made the uphill part not as strenuous. A great hike.

Leith on 26 May, 2018

This was fun with great views. Took it as a leisurely pace to wait for the oldies. Leave the walking poles at home as it makes the scramble more difficult.

Scott on 26 May, 2018

Good scramble/climb to the top, really enjoyed it myself, would give it a miss if you aren’t too confident with your fitness ability.

Caleb J. Stanton on 20 May, 2018

Awesome hike and views! lots of steps and little bit of scramble to the top! Good photo op at the first look out!

Celine on 20 May, 2018


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