Mt Coolum National Park

The special attraction in this park is Mount Coolum itself. It is 280m above the lowlands of the sunshine coast. From research we’ve done, we’ve learned that it is quite a sight after rain with waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.

I have to add though that we would NOT attempt to climb this mount in wet weather. The way up the mountain is not only steep but also quite rough. Don’t let the distance (a mere 800m to the top) fool you. Allow roughly two hours for the return journey and take enough water with you. We also threw in a few snacks to enjoy while being rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views at the top.

At closer inspection you’ll see just how special this park really is. It is one of only two coastal planes where montane heath grows. The park also contains threatened plant species and about 40 percent of all known fern families is found here – how spectacular is that?!

But still it is not the end of all its marvels … do take your binoculars with for peregrine falcons nest along the cliff faces. 

Location: 5km south of Coolum via David Low Way.

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