Go on, go for a hike....
The days are getting warmer now, but it’s not like it is ever cold in the middle of winter here. Anyway we are now enjoying 26-degree days, which is the best! So why not go and explore nature? We have so many amazing mountains around Noosa. These are my family's favourite mountains to climb.
End of Mount Tinbeerwah Road (signposted with lookout)
Mt Tinbeerwah is perfect for anyone who has kids or just wants a short walk. I mean the drive up the mountain is just about longer than the walk! The kids and I once decided to race to the top and managed to do it in 10 mins. Of course, there is no need to race up! Enjoy the views of the two lakes, Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba, as you go on one side and then on the other side all the hinterland and mountains. Once you reach the top, you can sit and look out to Noosa Heads as well as go up the fire tower and take in 360-degree views.
Car Park at Tanah Street West
Mt Coolum is the giant volcanic dome rock that you can see dominating the sunshine coast landscape. So why not climb it and experience the spectacular views for yourself. Allow 45 minutes to reach the summit and 30 mins to get back down again. It’s an easy walk at first but then be prepared for those rock steps. It’s hard not to pause and take photos of the views as you go. Once you make it to the top, enjoy the 360-degree views all the way up the coastline to Double Island Point and all the way down south to Caloundra. Then, on the other side you can see the sunshine coast hinterland.
Car park, look out for the cement drive at Eucalyptus Circle
Mount Ninderry can be seen from the Bruce Highway. The car park is really small, so hopefully you get a spot. If not, park down the street. The walk starts off long and wide through the bush, which I found quite uninteresting at first. However, it gets much more interesting as you go on, and you need to watch your footing while climbing on the rock steps and the steep, narrow path. You will discover there are paths on different sides of the mountain which lead to openings to amazing views. But, of course the best one is still at the top with the lookout providing views of Mt Coolum, all the coastline and hinterland in between. The western lookout, which we never made it to, overlooks Yandina and Blackall Range. Note: dogs are welcome.
Emu Mountain also known as Mt Peregian
Park just before the Coolum High School on Havana Road East
This is another perfect short mountain walk to take kids. My kids love it as they get into scrambling on the rocks and narrow gravel track. It doesn’t take long; a slow stroll takes about 30 mins. There are great views at the top towards Coolum, Peregian Springs and Peregian Beach.
So, what are you waiting for? Go for that hike! Better yet, set off early and watch the sunrise from one the summits.