You don’t need to head for the hills into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for a challenging uphill walk. There’s one right here near the coast at Mount Coolum. If you enjoy a challenging walk with spectacular views, then the Mount Coolum summit walk is a must do whilst you are visiting the Sunshine Coast.
Geographically Mount Coolum is an isolated volcanic dome, 208 metres in height and roughly circular in outline. The 1.6 km return walk to the summit involves a lot of steep rocky stairs and is categorized as a class 4 walk, suitable for fit walkers only. The last part of the walk is a rock scramble to the summit.
It goes without saying that the view from the summit is truly magnificent; a 360 degree overview of the Sunshine Coast, Point Cartwright and the Glass House Mountains to the south, the Blackall Range to the west, and Noosa Heads to the north.
Mount Coolum is located on David Low Way 6 km south of Coolum Beach township or 3 km north of Marcoola township and 19 km from Alexandra Headland.