Apparently, there are other things to do in life beyond eating, drinking and binging on Netflix.
To help balance out all those indulgent extra curricular activities you've grown used to, 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”), jump in the car and get exploring—the views will make it worth it.
TRAVEL TIME: About 2.5 hours, north-west of the Sunshine Coast
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.
Travel Time: About 3 hours, south of the Sunshine Coast
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).
TRAVEL TIME: About 2.5 hours, south of the Sunshine Coast
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.
TRAVEL TIME: About 2.5 hours drive, south of the Sunshine Coast
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!
Travel Time: About 2.5 hours drive, south-west of the Sunshine Coast
With a track that progresses through a variety of landscapes, Flinders Peak is one for the more experienced hikers that will get the adrenaline pumping, with exposed rock scrambling and a definite remote feel. Get to the track early to avoid the sun, otherwise pack your sunscreen, a water bottle and get ready for fantastic views from the top.
Looking for more things to do on the Sunshine Coast, minus the heights? Check out the best bush walks on the Sunshine Coast.
Image credit: Amy Higg for Urban List