SUNSHINE COAST HIKES AND WATERFALLS

HIKES:

10153787_10152716481537773_1892625814753888895_nMt Coolum: Mt Coolum (phtoto on right) is an isolated volcanic dome, 208 metres high, located in Coolum, Queensland. This site has been intensely studied and over 700 types of plants have been been documented, 2 of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Mt Coolum is a fairly easy hike, about 20-30 minutes to the top at a fast pace. Bits are steep and rocky and is often filled with fitness enthusiasts doing a quick jog to the top and back. The peak brings a beautiful view over the ocean and the Hinterland off the West side.

Mt Tibrogargan: Mt Tibrogargan is one of the famous Glasshouse Mountains. It is 364m high and one of the most challenging hikes on the coast. The summit route is suitable only to people with high levels of fitness and rock climbing abilities as they have steep rocky sections with loose stones that require rock scrambling and climbing skills.

The climb starts from the mountain view and continues 300m up the Western slope. The beginning of the summit consists of large loose rocks, then continues up a near vertical rock face to the summit- 364m. This climb is equivalent to climbing 50 storeys of a high rise building!! The climb can take anywhere from 45mins to a few hours depending on your speed and fitness levels.

Mt Tibrogargan also has two walking tracks that do not reach the summit and are suitable to most fitness levels and age groups.

Mount Ngun-Ngun: Another one of the Glasshouse Mountains. This hike is much easier than Mt Tibrogargan and is only 253m high. The track passes along cliff edges and may be slippery in wet weather, but is suitable for all most ages and fitness levels. This hike is about 30mins at a fast pace.

Mt Beerburrum: Mt Beerburrum has a steep paved walking path that brings you 280m up to an old fire tower with great lookouts. The fire tower is used to detect fires over the surrounding areas.

Mt Cooroora: Located in Pomona, Northern Sunshine Coast, is a steep climbs that will take you up 439m to the summit. Be aware of loose rocks. This mountain is famous for it’s annual climb where competitors race to the top, attempting to climb up and back in 20 minutes.

Mt Tinbeerwah: Located in the Noosa Hinterland. This climb is a quick 30 minutes up 265m to the summit. It offers great views over the Noosa rivers and Tewantin State Forest.

Mt Cooroy: A moderate level of fitness is required to tackle Mt Cooroy as the summit reaches 427m high. Cooroy Mountain is also located in the Noosa Hinterland, and is protected by the Department of Environment and Heritage’s National Reserve Program.

Noosa National Park: This is a must-see on the Sunshine Coast. You will start off with the beautiful views of main beach filled with surfers, SUPers and swimmers. As short walk through the park you will come to Granite Bay and Tea Tree, also great for swimming, surfing and koala spotting. Next you will come to Dolphin Point, great for spotting dolphins and turtles and not long after you will come to a steep rocky point called Hell’s Gates, which then leads to Alexandra Bay a secluded nudist beach. The headland section continues all the way to Northern Sunshine Beach. There are three other sections of the National Park walk, Peregian, Emu Mountain and East Weyba and multiple walking tracks through each.

WATERFALLS:

Wappa Falls: Wappa Falls is located in Yandina, Sunshine Coast, just a short drive off the Bruce Highway. There are two sets of falls at Wappa, slide off the first one into a crater where you can relax jacuzzi style before jumping over into the swimming hole below. You can also relax in the river just above the falls or jump off a range of cliff heights into the water below.

Gardener’s Falls: Located in the beautiful Maleny, is a relaxing spot for all ages. Sun bake on the rocks, relax in the river or if you’re feeling brave, swing off the giant rope swing that hangs about 10m high. There is also a small rope swing and cliffs that range from 2-10m to jump from.

Kondalilla Falls: Located in Montville, not far from Maleny. A short, fairly easy hike through the forest will bring you to a swimming hole and falls. Great for a picnic and swim.

The hikes and waterfalls of the Sunshine Coast are not limited to the ones listed above, these are just some favourites!

 

Gardener's Falls

Gardener’s Falls

 

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Mt Tibrogargan Summit

 

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Mt Cooroy

 

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Tea Tree Bay- Noosa National Park

 

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Wappa Falls