Top five walking trails near Stockland Caloundra.
Now that the temperature has dropped it’s the perfect time to rug up and get outdoors. Staying active is so important in the cooler months for your physical wellbeing and one of the easiest ways to get moving is by walking. Out amongst nature you can reset, recharge and reconnect and we've discovered the best walking tracks in and around Stockland Caloundra for you to discover on your next outdoor adventure.
Coastal Pathway: Bulcock Beach to Kings Beach – Link to further information here
Start your journey in Bulcock Beach where you can grab a coffee to go. As you start your walk/cycle along the coastal pathway, you will see breathtaking views of the Pumicestone Passage and the Glass House Mountains to the south west. Getting closer to the end of the beach you will find a boardwalk that connects Bulcock to Kings Beach. This part of the trail meanders along the cliffs' edge offering expansive views of the passage entrance, Moreton Island and surfers catching waves. Finish the walk or cycle at Kings Beach where clear water and white sand makes this spot a perfect place for a swim.
Distance: 3.2km return
Trailhead: Bulcock Beach Caloundra, park on or near The Esplanade
Currimundi Lake ‘Loop the Lake’ Walk – Link to further information here
A great 3.8 km circuit alongside both sides of Currimundi Lake and the beach at the end.
Anyone who loves sand and water will enjoy this circuit. The majority of the track is lakeside with sections through coastal bushlands on the southern and northern sides of the lake. You cross over the lake via the pedestrian path on the bridge on the western end and walk across the beach on the eastern coast side where there is a beautiful open beach.
The great thing about this walk is that you can take your shoes off and get back to your car via a river crossing, while enjoying the sand in your toes. Watch for wildlife and birds such as Osprey. Vegetation varies throughout the catchment and includes melaleuca wetlands, eucalypt woodland and patches of littoral rainforest.
Distance: 3.8km return
Trailhead: There are numerous starting points east of Nicklin Way. On the southern side of the lake you can park on Westaway Parade, either near the surf beach or part way along at Frank McIvor Park.
Mount Coolum – Link to further information here
Another popular hike on the Sunshine Coast and one that is easily accessible, so expect crowds – especially on the weekend. Mount Coolum is an awe-inspiring volcanic dome that presides over the Sunshine Coast landscape. Climbing to the top of this 25million-year-old laccolith is a must-do while on the Sunshine Coast. We suggest only reasonably fit walkers should attempt this 208 metre summit that includes just over 1000 man-made and natural rock steps.
Distance: 1.6km return
Trailhead: Carpark at Tanah Street East, Coolum Beach
Mooloolah National Park – Link to further information here
The Jowarra section of Mooloolah River National Park is one of the few remaining coastal rainforest areas and if you’re lucky, you may see some platypus here at the right time of day.
Suitable for walkers – plenty of easy flat levels.
Although Google Maps says Beerwah Forest Reserve, the walks here are part of the Jowarra Section of the Mooloolah River National Park. The Jowarra section is an important home for wildlife including the Wompoo pigeon, eastern yellow robin, and the vulnerable Richmond birdwing butterfly.
There are two short walks you can do here: the Mooloolah River Circuit (500m return) and the Melaleuca walk (1.3 km return).
The Mooloolah River Circuit is a rainforest walk that winds along the river/creek. The fruiting fig trees here attract many birds, which makes it a great spot for birdwatching. Rainbow bee-eaters (bright turquoise, orange and green in colour) can sometime be seen in this Mooloolah River section.
The Melaleuca Walk is a longer rainforest walk through piccabeen palm groves, eucalypt forest and melaleuca swamp. The river here is home to platypus, which may be seen by quiet and observant visitors at dawn and dusk.
These walks are right by a major road junction and somewhat noisy depending on the time of day. Note: mosquitos can be prevalent in this area, so come prepared.
Distance: 500m and 1.3km return, respectively
Trailhead: Sippy Downs QLD 4556
Glass House Mountains National Park – Link to further information here
Climb Mount Ngungun, the best place to view the taller mountains of the scenic Glass House range. Suitable for walkers, easily accessible and manageable for young kids.
If you only do one of the famous Glass House Mountains walks, this is the one. It’s the closest one to Glasshouse township and also the most bang for buck.
The 2.8km return trek begins easily in open forest before starting to steepen and throw in some steps. About half way along you pass ‘lovers cave’ which is named after an Aboriginal legend.
From there it gets trickier but before you know it you pop out next to a large leaning monolith, and have a long rocky ridgeline to explore.
At the peak, there are 360 degree panoramic views of the entire region. And best of all, there are no manmade incursions, unlike some of the other Sunshine Coast peaks. Supervise kids carefully and be sure to take your camera.
Distance: 2.8km return
Trailhead: Glass House Woodford Road
How many walks have you ticked off? Stretch your legs and get a buddy on-board because walking with a friend is a social adventure! There is so much to see and do at each garden, reserve or park that your social calendar will be filled for weeks to come. Want to discover other activities to keep you busy while in isolation? Head straight to our Belong hub and get reading!