Hikes to do in Coolum

Are you looking for hikes and walks to do in Coolum? We’ve got you covered! From beach strolls to challenging hikes and lots of opportunities to spot the incredible wildlife that the Sunshine Coast has to offer. You’ll want to bring your camera for these!

Mount Coolum Boardwalk

A stunning scenic boardwalk tucked behind the vegetation, the Mount Coolum Boardwalk is worth the visit. With views of Mount Coolum and Coolum Beach, it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset behind the mountain. 

To find it add 8 Breezeway St, Mount Coolum, to your navigation app and walk towards the shrubbery; there should be a beach shower there.

Hike Mount Coolum

With stunning 360-degree views from the top of Mount Coolum, this is a much-loved trail and should be on your to-do list if you love to hike. However, with a 208-metre climb, it should only be attempted by fit walkers and will take around one and a half hours to complete. Bring water with you and wear sturdy, closed-toe footwear for the climb.

Parking is available at the Mount Coolum Car Park, where you can follow signs for the walking track. 

Emu Mountain

Just 3km north of Coolum Beach, Emu Mountain (also known as Mount Peregian) has uninterrupted coastal views from the summit and is a family-friendly walk. Allow 45min to 1 hour for this walk, with extra time for taking in the view. If you visit between June and November, you might spot humpback whales migrating along the coast.

Coolum to Peregian Beach Walk

If you love the beach, this moderate walk is for you. Great for hiking, walking, and even running. This hike through the Noosa National Park is a beautiful coastal trail. A 7km trek north from Point Perry to Peregian Beach, look out for wildlife and experience what the Sunshine Coast coastline has to offer.

Coolum Beach Boardwalk

An easy and enjoyable walk for the whole family, the Coolum Beach Boardwalk is a 500m round trip open year-round and stroller and wheelchair friendly. Take in the stunning ocean views on this 20 min walk.

Sunshine Coastal Pathway

Running 73km from Bells Creek to Coolum, the coastal pathway has much to offer. It’s split into nine segments called pathways, with the Coolum Connection starting at Coolum Beach and leading to Point Arkwright. With excellent wildlife viewing and native plants and flowers, you’ll love the views.

Mt Cooroora

If you’re an experienced hiker looking for a challenge, consider hiking Mt Cooroora—home of the King of the Mountain race held in July each year. A 40min drive from the beach, this steep climb will get your heart pumping but pays off with stunning views of the Sunshine Coast and a 360-degree vista from the summit. However, with uneven ground, chains and a scramble to the top, consider your skill level before attempting this one.

No matter your skill level, there’s something for everyone in Coolum. Remember to pack your sunscreen, camera and a bottle of water before heading off on the hike of your choice.