Beautiful nature walks on the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is a haven for hikers, but you don’t have to be a diehard to enjoy all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer. When you stay at Oceans Mooloolaba there are lots of great beach walks and walking tracks that are suitable for just about every level of fitness.
So here are a few beautiful walks on the Sunshine Coast which are close to Mooloolaba and Oceans Resort.
Coastal and beach walks
Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary – Just 17 km north of Mooloolaba are these fabulous wetlands. Take a lazy morning and explore the 1.2km boardwalk through the mangroves, casuarina woodlands and fabulous, natural rainforest.
Point Cartwright Reserve – 10 km north you will find this beautiful 1.2km beach walk which meanders along the riverfront. Take a refreshing dip in one of the swimming spots along the way and if you hike up to the lighthouse, you will be rewarded with some of the best views in Mooloolaba.
Coastal Pathway – This beach walk is not for the fainthearted – it runs for 40 km between Tewantin in the north and Bells Creek in the south. Don’t worry, you can just enjoy the 4.4 km walking track between Cotton Tree and The Esplanade in Mooloolaba, and watch the sunset over the beautiful, glistening beaches.
Forest walking tracks
Buderim Forest Park – 12 km west brings you to one of the best walking tracks in the area – that is if you love caves, rock pools, waterfalls and rainforest. This is a beautiful example of natural subtropical rainforest with massive Strangler Figs and lots of native birds.
Mooloolah River National Park – Just 17km south-west is this beautiful walking track along the Mooloolah River. The 1.3km walkway takes you through Melaleuca trees and eucalypts, but if you visit at dawn or dusk – you might be lucky enough catch a view of the resident platypuses – a very special experience.
Mount Coolum Summit Walk – For the more adventurous, just 20 km north to Coolum will find you hiking to the summit of Mt Coolum. The views from this ancient volcano are truly spectacular and well worth the effort if you love hiking.
Maroochy Botanical Gardens – Inland about 17 km, these Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit. Set in 112 hectares of lush forest, you can spend all day just wandering through the beautiful ferns and palm trees. A great spot for a picnic is at the lagoon which is filled with wildlife, then check out the art sculptures as you stroll along the walking tracks, and don’t forget to drop into the ecology centre.
The Sunshine Coast truly is a haven for hikers, and there are lots more beautiful nature walks on the Sunshine Coast that we haven’t even mentioned.