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Published September 30th 2014
360 Degree Views
The nature lover in me had become restless recently, desperate for another outdoor adventure, so last weekend I grabbed a couple girlfriends and we set out for a day at the beach and a climb of a Mt Coolum.
We set off as early as possible to beat the heat but by the time we arrived at the base of the looming mountain, just after nine am, we found the heat had beaten us. We were certainly not deterred from climbing, but I would definitely recommend arriving much earlier if you wish to go during the hotter months.
The bottom of the Mt Coolum hike
The climb began easily enough but soon turned to a series of rocky and uneven steps up a very steep slope. Turns out I had chosen some extremely fit girlfriends to climb with, and the two of them shot up the side of the mountain leaving an out-of-breath me lagging behind.
I would say that the rocky paths, and the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing would agree with me, are "suitable for fit walkers only." However the young girls climbing in maxi skirts without any footwear, and the toddler who cried when his family took too long to start climbing after a rest, would suggest otherwise. There was also a mother carrying her child on her back and hoards of tourists in jeans, who all managed to surpass a tired and exhausted me. I even overheard one trekker say that people can run up the Mountain in 8 minutes. 8 MINUTES!
The path up the mountain
I was determined however to reach the top, I mean if toddlers could do it, so could I. Luckily however there are many sections of the track where the view can be seen through the bushes and I used these moments to rest, catch my breath and marvel at the tiny world beneath me.
After about 45 minutes I finally reached the top and joined my girls again. It was a spectacular view to behold. On the top of the mountain there are small tracks branching off the main one, which allows you to take in a 360-degree view of the Sunshine Coast. We sat in silence and awe, sipping from our water bottles and soaking in the magnificent view of the coastline.
The trip down was much easier, as luckily, gravity does so much of the work for you. On the way down it is easier to enjoy, not only the view peaking through the bushes, but also the other interesting natural phenomenon of the climb. The bees buzz around your head and I paused once to watch a gorgeous red spider scurry across my foot.
Upon return to flat ground all climbers feel a sense of achievement, and I watched as many families celebrated over freezing cold juice from a well-placed vendor at the bottom of the track.
The walk back down and some sneaky views
Walking Mt Coolum may only take a couple hours, but joined with a swim and some sunbaking you can really make a day of it.