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


Quite an enjoyable quick climb, can definitely be completed in under an hour with a break at the top without pushing yourself to the limit.

Ryan on 16 Apr, 2018

Starts off quite nice and undulating then it quickly becomes pretty much a steep staircase with some light scrambling. I saw the record was 22 minutes so did it without a break to see how I went. Did it in 29 minutes and felt reasonably impressed until I learned the record included a run from the town!! Not a bad view from the top, good way to kill an hour or so.

Vonsnrub on 14 Apr, 2018

did this hike with my 6 year old

andre on 13 Apr, 2018

I have done this walk a few times and as long as you are reasonably fit it isn't too bad. This time I did it with my daughter, daughter-in-law, and 12yr old granddaughter as #4 of our 6 peaks in one day challenge which made it much more challenging. The track is very washed out after you start the steep ascent from the metal stairs so a lot of scrambling required. Spectacular views from the top even when there is some fog. Saw a couple of walkers doing it in rubber thongs which I would not recommend.

Lone Ranger on 8 Jan, 2018

Hiked Mt Cooroora with 5 other friends we call it Everest Warriors, enthusiast hikers from Brisbane. My second attempt. 4 am start and 5 pm at summit just before sunrise... what a great hike and whole body workout. on our way down by the end my feet were bit shaky. love to go back again.

Mark Aryal on 7 Jan, 2018

I found the walk very hard at times, as it just seems to go on forever!! Having said that, the amount of scrambling up the mountain made this one of the most enjoyable climbs I have done on the coast.

JBRECC on 7 Jan, 2018

This was a challenge but well worth it. We arrived quite early to beat the heat. This is one walk/climb that will prove to you that your fitness isn't exactly at the standard you think it is.

Glam78 on 4 Jan, 2018

I have found myself a little out of breath walking up stairs recently so I found this climb very challenging!!! There was no sign indicating the first lookout and the track seemed a little impassable at times but I pushed through and made it to the summit!!! I wouldn’t recommended it to everyone though.

Gidget371 on 20 Dec, 2017

Great scramble to the top. Short but steep. Great views.
25 min up and 25 down with a stop at the lookout midway down.

Juiced Pixels on 11 Nov, 2017

I felt like it was never ending! Rewarding

Bron GL on 4 Nov, 2017

Prepare to get sweaty and dusty from scrambling up the eastern-orientated side of this mountain. Go early in the morning if you can. There are a couple of different trail options...we took the right trail going up and the right trail going down. Lady on the trail said the one on the left was "shorter but more intense." That's all relative though. My partner and I like to run back down and this was a good mountain for it.
Only issue was the massive infestation of flying ants at the top during this October visit. Again, could probably be avoided with an earlier start.

K E Harasimowicz on 5 Oct, 2017

Linus Nyqvist on 1 Oct, 2017

If you're only of average fitness like me will find this a challenge. Keep going and you will get there!

luvwalking on 2 Sep, 2017

Fun, short hike with great views and a little scramble at the top.

Lia Skye - Vegan Hiking Chick on 2 Sep, 2017

Good step ascent, metal stairs in place nice view at peak

troy on Sep, 2017

Challenging walk/climb. My hat off for those that are racing this for the King of the mountain.

Hugues Debeyser on 13 Aug, 2017

One of my favs. Two hours return with a good 20 mins at the top.

Scott on 30 Jul, 2017

Super fun walk. Appreciated the stairs and the chain (chain especially so coming down!)
I would recommend it for people with a moderate + level of fitness.

J_Jenwren on 28 Jun, 2017

A fun way to get some exercise. The stairs and chain make it navigable pretty easily - it's just down to your fitness. Views at the top are nice, but not the best on the Sunshine Coast.

Rey Leon on Jun, 2017

Challenging on the way down recommend good footwear, great views

Pumpkin Peta on 14 May, 2017


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