Sunshine Coast


Popular Walks

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Popular Walks

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What are the standout bushwalking features?


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Walks in Sunshine Coast

1.6 km return
30 mins

Emu Mountain (aka Mt. Peregian)

An easy family walk up this hill with great views of the Sunshine Coast.

13.4 km return
4 hrs

Ewen Maddock Dam - Trail 1

This is a great family walk. The first part follows the edge of the lake, while the remainder moves out into the surrounding woodland, where you will see a mixture of Rough, Scribbly and Paperbark trees. There is plenty of bird life both on the dam and in the woodland. The path is generally shady and can be muddy after rain, with parts of it shared with bikes and horse riders.

8.5 km return
3.5 hrs

Ewen Maddock Dam. Tallow-wood walk

The first part of this walk follows the edge of the lake while the second half moves away from the water's edge. You will see a mixture of Rough, Scribbly and Paperbark trees. There are also lots of birds. The path is generally shady and can be muddy after rain. Parts of it are also used by bike and horse riders. There are quite a few side tracks, though some of these get quite muddy as they get close to the water.

1 km return
30 mins

Foote Sanctuary

The Foote Sanctuary of Buderim covers a huge area of 9 hectares (that’s 23 acres!) on the eastern slopes. This land was given to the community association now known as the Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA) in 1948, by the local farming community’s Foote family. In 1948 the land was dedicated to the memory of their dear son Eric, killed in the fighting at the Somme during the First World War. They had been farming various crops there since 1903. Later it was put into the hands of the local council for administration, where after some time it was suggested the land should be sold due to lack of public interest. Fortunately the community outcry resulted in the formation of a voluntary committee in 1963, who took on the task to clear the overgrowth and create real public asset for all Buderim.

1 km return
15 mins

Forest Lakeside Ewen Maddock Dam

Peaceful, flat and easy walk on smooth track through forest used by the occasional mountain biker and galloping dog. After about 5 minutes you reach the lake. Beautiful view

Very Easy
800 m return
30 mins

Gardner's Falls

Short stroll along a section of the Obi Obi Creek to a couple of small waterfalls and a swimming hole.

Very Easy
700 m one-way
10 mins

Heath Track

A short walk through coastal Heath. Follow the bitumen track until it takes a sharp right hand turn and stops at the lake. At the turn, instead of taking the bitumen track right to the end proceed straight ahead following the sand track which takes you through the Coastal Heath. At the end of the track you can follow the signs for an extra 300m to arrive at the beach near the inlet to Currimundi Lake.

5.4 km return
90 mins

Hells Gates

Coastal track on the northern side of Noosa National Park with great ocean views before returning over the hill on the Tanglewood track.

5.1 km return
5.5 hrs

Kenilworth Bluff - Wilcox Family Park Trail

A seldom used trail through a mixture of woodland and rainforest to the top of the bluff. Make your way up and across to numerous lookout points with spectacular views..

1.6 km return
1 hr

Lagoon Walk

A circular walk in the Maroochy Botanic Garden, this popular natural terrain bush track follows the banks of the lagoon. The open forest ecosystem has remnants Bloodwood, Blue Gum and Tallowwood in the canopy, while Piccabeen Palm and Tree Ferns fringe the rocky gullies and bridges along the track.