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5 Epic Mountain Hikes Near The Sunshine Coast

By Claire Plush - 31 Mar 2018

Apparently, there are other things to do in life beyond eating, drinking, bingeing on Netflix while eating and drinking. I know, right, crazy!

To help balance out all those indulgent extra curricular activities that tend to involve hot chips, couches or hangovers, we’re pulling out the health guns with this epic list of mountains to hike near the Sunshine Coast.

So, kick off the pluggers, put on your runners (or whatever you classify as “mountain-worthy”), and get exploring. YOLO!

Mount Walsh

If you like the idea of navigating your own way through a rugged landscape, and don’t mind a bit of scrambling towards the summit, Mount Walsh could be your soul mountain. The beginning of this 3km walk might seem easy enough, but don’t let that fool you. With boulders and crevices to navigate, this mountain “walk” turns into a sort of mountain “climb” as you near the top. But, like all good things, the sweat pays off with breathtaking vistas.
How far? About two and a half hours drive, north-west of the Sunshine Coast.

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Mount Maroon

It might not be the biggest mound in Mount Barney National Park (this goes to Barney himself), but Mount Maroon is still a tough nut to crack. Steep and rarely offering up flat spots for a dawdle in between, it’s a constant hard slog with a gold-star reward of uninterrupted views of Mount Barney and the surrounding Scenic Rim when you reach the end (or halfway, depends on how full your cup is).
How far? About two and a half hours drive, south of the Sunshine Coast.

Mount Warning

It’s almost like this mountain is named to steer the weak away from conquering its craggy summit. But for every person it frightens with its mammoth presence, another excitable weekend adventurer comes along to climb it. This mountain walk is no secret, especially for a sunrise mish, and it’s all because of the spectacular 360-degree views from the peak. With chains to help maneuver your way up the rock face at the top, this is a hike that’ll push you to your limits. (Or at least the buttons of your bf, as you hold him up for yet another photo op—code word for “can’t breathe, need break”.)
How far? About three hours drive, south of the Sunshine Coast.

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Mount Greville

For the more experienced mountain mavens, Mount Greville in Moogerah Peaks National Park will lead you on a stunning five-hour round trip to the summit, past incredible palm-filled narrow gorges and through open forest. This undeveloped mountain walk means it’s void of any signs, so you’ll have to use your inner compass to follow the right tracks. Tough and underrated, this one needs to go straight to the “next-level hikes” bucket list.
How are? About two and a half hours drive, south of the Sunshine Coast.

Mount Mitchell

A mix of super lush rainforest and dry shrub, Mount Mitchell is a pretty easy hike, considering it’s a hefty 1000 metres above sea level. Jutting out of Main Range National Park, this volcanic mountain is totally worth the drive from the Sunshine Coast. Pack a picnic and lug it to the summit, with incredible views, you’re going to want to perch there for a while. Just keep an eye out for leeches. Eeek!
How far? About two and a half hours drive, south of the Sunshine Coast.

Looking for more things to do on the Sunshine Coast? Check out the best waterfalls you can swim under. You should also check out our 5 Sunshine Coast Nature Adventures You Have To Do At Least Once

Image Credit: @girlscout__ , Amy Higg and Brooke Darling for The Urban List 

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