Australia: The Land Where Time Began

A biography of the Australian continent 

Mt Coolum National Park

What's special?

Dome-shaped Mt Coolum rises 208m above the sugar cane fields and coastal resorts to dominate the skyline in the Sunshine Coast lowlands. Mt Coolum National Park contains most of the mountain with its craggy cliffs. After rain, waterfalls cascade over the sides.

Open eucalypt forest skirts Mt Coolum’s lower slopes while grasslands and montane heath grow towards the summit. This is one of only two coastal places where montane heath grows. The park extends south and west of Mt Coolum protecting coastal wallum, paperbark wetlands and rainforest remnants which have largely disappeared from this part of the Sunshine Coast lowlands.

The park contains rare and threatened plant species, Allocasuarina thalassoscopica and Bertya sharpeana. About 40 percent of known fern families grow in the park. Peregrine falcons nest along the cliff faces.

Mt Coolum is significant to the Gubbi Gubbi people and features in stories about the way the landscape was formed.

Exploring Mt Coolum

Have a picnic. Wood barbecues are provided. The rest of the park is undeveloped and suitable only for keen bushwalkers. Take your binoculars and go birdwatching.

Enjoy spectacular 360 degree views from the top. See wildflowers in winter and spring.

Camping is not allowed in the park but private camping areas are located at the nearby coastal resorts of Mudjimba and Coolum.


A rough 800m trail on the eastern side of the mountain leads from a carpark to the summit. Only fit walkers should attempt the climb. Wear a hat, sunscreen and sturdy shoes. Take drinking water. Allow about two hours for the return hike.

Getting there

Mt Coolum National Park is about 90 minutes’ drive north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Motorway. The park straddles the Sunshine Motorway and extends to the David Low Way near the township of Coolum. Turn off the David Low Way 5km north of Coolum or 2km south of Marcoola.


Sources & Further reading

Journey Back Through Time
Experience Australia
Aboriginal Australia
National Parks
Photo Galleries
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