If there’s one thing we’ve learned since the colder weather kicked in, it’s that exercise is far less painful when it’s not in 98 per cent humidity. With outside temperatures now sitting at far more comfortable levels, there’s no better time of year to take advantage of the many walks and hikes the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
We’ve searched far and wide to find you some tracks that aren’t the same old spots you’ve seen in your Instagram feed every second day and we’ve found a few gems.
Here are five walks or hikes to take around the Sunshine Coast, for all fitness levels.
Buderim Forest Park
Most of you have probably heard of Buderim Forest Park, but have you ever actually been there? Starting at either Harry’s Lane or Quorn Close, both paths will take you on a spectacular journey through Buderim Mountain’s tranquil bushland, with a soundtrack of birdsong and babbling brooks. All roads lead to the falls, and if you don’t have your togs on underneath your clothes, we warn you now: you will have serious FOMO. This is one of the easiest and prettiest walks on the Sunshine Coast to do this winter.
If hikes were products, this one would have “BEST VALUE” stamped all over it. Just between Coolum and Peregian Beach, the Emu Mountain Summit Walk is a short hike with huge rewards. It goes without saying that you’ll get great views from most mountains around here, but the stunning sights of the region’s mountain peaks, such as our majestic Mount Coolum, are just another perk. Make sure you also stop and smell the roses, literally…Emu Mountain is home to some beautiful flora. Perfect for a sunny winter Sunday.
Bribie Island Beach Walk
This one isn’t as challenging as the others, but it sure is pretty. Scoot down the Bruce and over the bridge to Bribie Island, parking around Bongaree Jetty. With the beach on one side and bush on the other, this 8km walk is the perfect compromise between a leisurely stroll and an intense hike. Stop for a swim at Woorim (that’s the divine surf beach) and then follow the tree-lined path back to Bongaree for a milkshake or a trip to the pub. Runners aren’t necessary, but you’ll need shoes of some description. Don’t forget a hat, togs, sunscreen and plenty of water.
How do you get the best views of the Glasshouse Mountains? Climb one of them, of course. While they’ve all got their pros, if there’s one to add to the to-do list this season, it’s Mount Ngungun. With uninterrupted views of the neighbouring mountains, your Ngungun experience is guaranteed to put a spring in your step for the rest of the day. Any time is a good time to climb, but we’re a sucker for a good sunrise. Phones charged and at the ready, after all we're not listing this as one of the best hikes on the Sunshine Coast for no reason.
This one requires a tad more commitment than the rest, but we assure you, it’s worth the extra effort. Tucked away in the Conondale National Park, the Booloumba Falls track is a hinterland oasis. Think lush open rainforest, crystal-clear rock pools and boulders bigger than you’ve ever laid eyes on. Head towards Maleny and follow the signs to Kenilworth, then pass through the town of Conondale and take the Booloumba Creek turn-off. Best to take a 4WD for those gravel roads, if possible. It also might be worth kicking it old school with a map, as phone reception can be a bit hit and miss. A sense of adventure is a must.
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Image credit: Amy Higg