9 Stunning Walks on the Sunshine Coast
If you’re craving bright sunny skies, the sand between your toes, amazing views and even more amazing adventures, there’s no better coast than the Sunshine Coast. Even if you’re not a beach person, Queensland, Australia has some of the most stunning hiking trails on the western side of the world.
From Mount Coolum to Mapleton Falls and beyond, here are just some of our top favourite places to explore.
Only 12 kilometers from the coast stands Mount Coolum, one of the most hashtagged trails near Queensland (#MountCoolum). Although it can be one of the tougher incline trails to complete at 208 meters, every challenge has its rewards and this one comes in the form of fantastic vistas as far as the eye can see plus luxurious views of the lush lands surrounding the Maroochy River. Don’t forget to take a smiley, sweaty selfie when you reach the top, you earned it!
Noosa Heads to Alexandria Bay
With multiple path for multiple levels of fitness finesse, it’s hard to find a reason to not hit the trails of Noosa. Whether you’re working out in the sun or wandering with your family, this coastal trail 33 kilometers from Queenland will have your smile muscles working overtime. One of the top perks for those looking to cool off and shed their sweaty clothes after? Alexandria Bay is an infamous nude beach. Don’t be afraid to show some tone, tan skin!
Looking for an easy wander through a gorgeous forest? Look no further than Buderim, only 6 kilometers from the Sunshine Coast.. Featuring a 700 meter beautiful boardwalk, turn off the mobile devices and tune into the sights and sounds of natural nature, from the palms and vines to the trickling water below. For an even more rewarding adventure, try your hands at the rugged trail that continues on from the end of the boards. There you’ll discover even more beautiful bushland, babbling cascades, cute creeks and the picturesque Buderim Falls.
If you’re seeking something short but not too easy in trail ease, you’ve got an appointment at Mount Coorara. A 2 kilometer walk just 13 kilometers from Queensland, at least half of your Mount Coorara hike consists of a steep, inclined hike that will have your legs feeling the burn, (but hopefully not from the sun).
To make your trip to Mount Coorara even more special, be sure to attend the world famous Pomona King of the Mountain Festival in July, featuring the Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge. Bring the binoculars for spectacular views from the summit!
Love waterfalls? Us too! That’s why we couldn’t resist adding the captivating Kondalila Falls to our list. Offering 3 time-worthy trails, you’ll find a perfect match for your activity mood. For an easier pace for the whole family, we recommend the 2.4 kilometer Picnic Creek Circuit. Want to reach the rock pools? Try the moderate 3.2 kilometer track. For a full-on adventure leading to seclusion in the form of rock pools and subtropical rainforest surrounding chilled falls gorges, grab a friend and take a chance on the 4.6 kilometer Kondalilla Falls Circuit.
Kondalilla Falls is just 30 kilometers east of the Sunshine Coast.
Already conquered Mount Coolum? Come take it easy on the Golden Beach walk of the Coolum Boardwalk, only 11 kilometers north of Queensland. A suitable walk setting for anyone and everyone, take in the sunny waterfront views of the day or the refreshing, well-lit vibes of the night. At the end of your adventure, you’ll find rest and rejuvenation at Port Perry, a perfect hotspot for those interested in seeing waterlife, from whales to wicked surfers.
Maroochydore to Mooloolaba Esplanade Walk
A stunning exercise spot for the simplistic hiker and the advanced trainer, the Maroochydore to Mooloolaba Esplanade features circuit-worthy stairs, smooth beach and cafes for the pre-car, post-hike caffeine fix.
The Mooloolaba Beach Walk also features ravishing rock pools and panoramic views of Coolum, Mudjimba Island and Poiint Cartwright, a pleasing, picturesque experience only 5 kilometers from the Sunshine Coast. Be sure to keep an eye out for the pods of whales and dolphins who like to pop up and say hello!
Mapleton Falls Lookout and walk
Making a trip with the kids? Many would highly recommend the close knit coastal feat that comes with visiting Mapleton Falls. Make a quick trip to the lookout right next to the car park for a view of the falls or grab some picnic food and embark on the 1.2 kilometer Wompoo Circuit through the forest.
Fan of feathered flyers? Mapleton Falls is home to multiple species of birds including the Wompoo Fruit-Dove, the Eastern Whipbird and the Peregrine Falcon, all well-worth the 30 kilometer road trip from Queensland.
Bribie Island Beach Walk
And last, but certainly not least, we bid adieu to our list with the Bongaree to Woorim walk of Brible Island Beach. Surrounded by villages, takeaway shops and impressive pubs, feel fresh and free as you walk along the bushy 5 kilometer path or the 8 kilometers of pure beach bliss. With quiet waters perfect for swimming and shuttle buses happy to guide you along the passages, Brible Island Beach is the perfect combination of cardio and kicking off the shoes for coastal relaxation, sitting just 42 kilometers away from the Sunshine Coast.