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Sunshine Coast Great Walks

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The Sunshine Coast, located in Queensland, Australia, offers a variety of stunning walks and hiking trails that cater to different levels of fitness and outdoor interests. Whether you prefer coastal walks, rainforest adventures, or mountain hikes, the Sunshine Coast has something to offer. Here are some great walks to explore:

  1. Noosa National Park Coastal Walk: This iconic coastal walk takes you through Noosa National Park, offering breathtaking views of the coastline, pristine beaches, and the chance to spot local wildlife. The trail ranges from easy to moderate, and you can choose how far you want to go. It’s known for its stunning vistas and opportunities for whale watching during the migration season.
  2. Glass House Mountains National Park: The Glass House Mountains are a group of volcanic peaks with numerous walking trails that suit different fitness levels. The Mount Ngungun Summit Walk is a popular choice, providing panoramic views from the summit. More experienced hikers can tackle Mount Tibrogargan for a challenging ascent.
  3. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve: Located near Maleny, this reserve offers a tranquil rainforest walk with elevated boardwalks. It’s a great place to explore the subtropical rainforest, learn about local flora and fauna, and enjoy sweeping views of the Glass House Mountains.
  4. Kondalilla Falls Circuit: This beautiful circuit walk in Kondalilla National Park takes you through lush rainforest, past rock pools, and ultimately to the stunning Kondalilla Falls. The walk is moderate in difficulty and offers a refreshing swimming spot at the falls.
  5. Buderim Forest Park: Explore the Buderim Forest Park’s subtropical rainforest on several interconnected walking tracks. The Serenity Falls walk is a highlight, leading to a picturesque waterfall.
  6. Mapleton Falls National Park: Take a short walk to the Mapleton Falls lookout to witness panoramic views of the Obi Obi Valley and the waterfall. This is an easy, family-friendly option.
  7. Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary: Located near Maroochydore, this sanctuary features a network of elevated boardwalks and trails that wind through mangroves, wallum heathland, and wetlands. It’s an excellent spot for birdwatching and wildlife observation.
  8. Cooloola Great Walk: For experienced hikers seeking a multi-day adventure, the Cooloola Great Walk offers a 102-kilometer trek through diverse landscapes, including coastal dunes, rainforests, and tall eucalypt forests. It’s a challenging but rewarding experience.
  9. Mount Coolum: Located near Coolum Beach, this steep but relatively short hike leads to the summit of Mount Coolum, offering sweeping views of the coast. It’s a popular sunrise or sunset spot.
  10. Pumicestone Passage: Enjoy a leisurely coastal walk along the Pumicestone Passage in Caloundra. This flat and easy path provides stunning views of the waterway, Bribie Island, and abundant birdlife.

Before embarking on any of these walks, be sure to check the current trail conditions, wear appropriate footwear, carry water and sun protection, and let someone know your plans, especially for longer or more remote hikes. Respect the natural environment and follow any park regulations to help preserve the beauty of the Sunshine Coast.

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Merryn Tuck - Owner

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