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Your Guide to Climbing Mount Coolum

On the Sunshine Coast of QLD Australia is Mount Coolum. This is an isolated volcanic dome that is nestled in Mount Coolum National Park. Few sights are as breathtaking as the scenery along the walking trail and at the crown. After a person reaches the 208 metre summit, he or she will agree that it was worth the effort to view the spectacular overlook.

Where Do You Begin?


Visitors may enter Mount Coolum National Park at the corner of Tanah Street East and Jarnahill Drive.

Is the Walk Difficult?


Anyone can enjoy the walk along Mount Coolum. It is one of the simplest paths on the Sunshine Coast. Families with young children and elderly loved ones should have little trouble along the way.

What to Expect at the Top


When you reach the top of Mount Coolum, you will be greeted by a gorgeous 360 degree view of the Sunshine Coast. On one side, you will be treated to the sights of the coastline and sandy beaches that extend from Moreton Island to Double Island Point.

Also, you'll enjoy the picturesque beauty of the cane fields and wetlands encompassing the Maroochy River Valley. On the other side, you will feel as though you have been placed into a picture frame that is filled with hills and valleys.

You'll want to skip and frolic through the greenery. It will be hard to choose your favorite spot.

When is the Best Time to Go?


The best time to tackle the climb is in the early morning or late afternoon. These are the parts of the day when you'll be able to enjoy a glorious sunrise or sunset.

How Long Will it Take to Reach the Top?


The walk to the top of Mount Coolum is 800 metres long. Depending on how fast you travel, it should take no longer than one hour to reach the top and return to the bottom.

Runners may be capable of completing the trail in 20 minutes. However, remember to schedule time to appreciate the delightful views at the top.

Other Fun Coolum Attractions

Boardwalk Boulevard


Coolum houses a beautiful 200 metre boardwalk. It's the ideal place to walk or ride your bike. In the background, you'll catch a glimpse of the impressive Mount Coolum outline. It is one of the most stunning sights in the area.

Sand Beneath Your Feet


Coolum Beach is the perfect spot to relax in the sand and the sunshine. It's a wonderful location for swimming or enjoying the day in nature's playground. As you walk along the water's edge, it will seem like the coastline is infinite. Thanks to the play and skate parks, families love this area.

Wilkinson Park


Wilkinson Park, or Point Perry Coolum Beach Lookout, is a splendid place for taking pictures. From the platform, you will marvel at the beauty of the area. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a light lunch in the park. The best way to reach this location is from David Low Way in Coolum Beach.

Emu Mountain


If you have already climbed Mount Coolum, you may wish to visit Emu Mountain. Both sites offer simple walking paths with dazzling views. If you are visiting during whale season, remember to bring your binoculars. You will have a fun time spotting these splashing creatures.

Aqua Fun Park


A family favourite in Twin Water is the Aqua Fun Park. It is in close proximity to Coolum and offers a day filled with excitement. Considering the abundant sunshine in the area, it is a wonderful place to cool off. For more information, visit the attraction's website.

Enjoy the Snowy Slopes


A great alternative to the beach is the snowy slopes of the Oz Ski Resort. This world-class facility can be found on Coolum's freshwater lake. Travellers flock to this area and enjoy the fabulous outdoor scenery. Visit the website for details.

Spend an Afternoon Golfing


Golf enthusiasts will enjoy a round at the Palmer Coolum Resort and Championship Golf Course. The fairways weave through the native brush land and kiss the lakeside. Grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or play a game of tennis as well. No matter your preferences, you are sure to spend a beautiful day in the outdoors.

Asante by the Beach


If you want to be pampered on your holiday, the Asante Day Spa is a smart choice. There is no better luxury spot near Coolum than the Asante Day Spa to unwind and to be treated like royalty. For more details, visit the facility's website.

Accommodation Options Near Mount Coolum


When you want to plan an unforgettable trip to Mount Coolum, The Point Coolum Beach should be part of your itinerary. Our hotel overlooks Point Arkwright and Coolum Beach and offers luxurious accommodations and a convenient location that is nearby top golf courses and walking trails. 

The stunning sights from your private balcony will have you feeling as though you are part of a postcard. Since it is only a short stroll to Coolum Village, you will delight in a variety of dining and shopping possibilities as well.

For a relaxed day at the beach, sink your toes into the sand at Third Bay's secluded beach which is 100 metres away. Another option is Coolum's patrolled beach, which is merely 15 minutes by foot. The Point Coolum Beach is truly your portal into the magnificence of the Sunshine Coast.