Sunshine Coast Bushwalking
Bushwalking on the Sunshine Coast is very accessible and offers a variety of terrain, ranging from unspoiled beaches and coastal areas to the majestic beauty of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. There's a variety of national parks which offer well maintained walking trails along with camping and picnic facilities.
The Glass House Mountains are a prominent geological feature of the Sunshine Coast, with the largest of the 13 distinctive mountain peaks visible from most places. Distributed among farmland and pine forests are large tracts of National Park with a variety of facilities - picnic and BBQ areas, rockpools and waterfalls, graded walking tracks and climbs and of course amazing views and beautiful surroundings.
Sunshine Coast Bushwalking Areas
Here is a short listing of some of the most majestic and beautiful places to go bushwalking on the Sunshine Coast:
Mapleton Falls National Park
This park protects remnants of rainforest and wet eucalypt forest that once occurred throughout the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Popular for picnicking, bird watching and bushwalking. To reach this area, travel 13km west of Nambour to Mapleton. Turn north off the Mapleton-Kenilworth Road.
Kondalilla National Park
The highlight of the National Park is the gushing waters of Kondalilla Falls, which cascade down 80m and form a series of crystal clear pools of water. The pools are popular spots for swimming in the summer months. Travel west of Nambour to Mapleton, continue toward Montville. Kondalilla National Park is signposted on the right.
Glass House Mountains National Park
The Glass House Mountains are a group of 13 volcanic peaks that dominate the landscape of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. All offering bushwalking, rock climbing and picnicking. This area may be accessed through the township of Glass House on the Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive. From town, travel along the Glass House Mountain - Coonowrin Road.
Find more National Parks on the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Bushwalking Clubs
There are many bushwalking clubs throughout Australia that collectively have access to intimate knowledge of "wild places" in their regions for their members.
Membership with most clubs also means guidance for new members, opportunities to learn new skills, refine existing ones and of course great "camaraderie" based in a common love and respect for the "Bush".
Glass House Bushwalkers Club Inc
PO Box 1113 Caboolture 4510
Maryborough Bushwalking Club
PO Box 836 Maryborough 4650
The Sunshine Coast Bushwalking Club
PO Box 287, Buderim, 4556
More Sunshine Coast Bushwalking Links
- National Parks Association of Queensland
- More information on Bushwalking in Queensland can be found at the Bushwalking Queensland website
- View a complete guide to bushwalking on the Sunshine Coast at Sunshine Coast bushwalks, made by 3 locals that describes over 50 walks throughout the Sunshine Coast and surrounding hinterland in Queensland Australia