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Ten Self-Guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published July 25th 2020
A mosaic of brilliant Spring colour and foliage
Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Self-guided walks to explore at your own pace!


Take time out to explore the rich biodiversity of native wildflowers, in their natural habitat, with ten self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks. Annually, during the months of July, August and September, walkers and nature lovers will discover gorgeously coloured floral displays, in their natural terrain, throughout the Sunshine Coast region.

The Sunshine Coast Council have compiled a selection of self-guided walks to introduce walkers to a variety of wildflower trails. With more than forty different species of breathtaking wildflowers to see, walkers have the added benefit of exploring at their own pace.

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
See how many flowers you can find and identify!


#️⃣ Please plan ahead:

The reserves identified in this article are managed by Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please remember -
All flora and fauna are protected
Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses to provide protection from the sun
Please wear protective walking shoes and insect repellant
Many reserves do not have a fresh drinking water supply, so please carry an adequate supply of water
Litter may harm wildlife so please take rubbish home as no bins are provided

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Wallum Heath - Image: Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival FB


#️⃣ Key to track standards (Australian Standards):

Class 2 Track
Easy, level, well-graded track, suitable for all fitness levels

Class 3 Track
Gently-sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps
Caution is needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts
Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear is required

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Wallum Tea Tree - Image: Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival FB


Class 4 Track
Distinct track, usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps
Caution is needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts
Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear is required

#️⃣ From north to south of the Sunshine Coast:

1. Arthur Harrold Conservation Park
Esplanade, Noosa North Shore
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 2 - P17; P19
Class 3 Track

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 3 Track at Arthur Harrold Conservation Park


2. Headland Section (Noosa National Park)*
Parkedge Road, Sunshine Beach
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 9 - Q17
Class 3 Track
Self-guided walking access is permitted on management trails for the duration of the wildflower festival ie 15th to 30th August 2020. At all other times, visitors are advised to please stay on designated walking tracks.*

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 3 Track - Headland Section at Noosa National Park


3. Girraween Conservation Park
Bicentennial Hall, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 9 - M19
Class 3 Track

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 3 Track at Girraween Conservation Park


4. Marcus Dune (Noosa National Park)*
David Low Way, Marcus Beach
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 19 - N18; N16
Class 4 Track
Self-guided walking access is permitted on management trails for the duration of the wildflower festival ie 15th to 30th August 2020. At all other times, visitors are advised to please stay on designated walking tracks.*

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 4 Track, Marcus Dune (Noosa National Park)


5. Emu Mountain (Noosa National Park)
Havana Road East, Coolum Beach
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 39 - G2
Class 4 Track

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 4 Track, Emu Mountain


6. Peregian Section (Noosa National Park)
David Low Way, Coolum Beach
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 39 - H4
Class 2 Track

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 2 Track, Peregian Section


7. Mount Coolum National Park
Tanah Street West, Mount Coolum
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 49 - H8
Class 4 Track

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 4 Track at Mount Coolum


8. Mooloolah River National Park
Claymore Road, Sippy Downs
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 89 - G4
Class 3 Track

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 3 Track at Mooloolah River National Park in Sippy Downs


9. Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Regional Park
Coongarra Esplanade, Wurtulla
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 90 - G18
Class 2 Track

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 2 Track can be found at the Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park


10. Beerwah Scientific Area #1 (Glass House Mountains National Park)
Roys Road, Beerwah
UBD Sunshine Coast: Map 116 - N5
Class 2 Track

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Class 2 Track off Roys Road, Beerwah


Walkers, please ensure that you are appropriately dressed, with a hat, long sleeves and walking shoes. Don't forget the sunscreen, refreshments, cameras and binoculars for the birds.
Take a walk on the wild side, amongst a mosaic of brilliant Spring colour and foliage and be prepared for the magical explosion of colour!

Self-guided Sunshine Coast Wildflower Walks, native wildflowers, natural habitat, July, August, September, more than 40 different species, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, QLD Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur Harrold Conservation Park, Noosa North Shore, Headland Section, Noosa National Park, Girraween Conservation Park, Sunshine Beach, Marcus Dune, Emu Mountain, Peregian Section, Coolum Beach, Mount Coolum National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Sippy Downs, Currimundi Lake, Kathleen McArthur Regional Park, Wurtulla, Beerwah Scientific Area #1, Glass House Mountains National Park, Beerwah, hats, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen, refreshments, cameras, binoculars
Take a walk on the wild side! Image: Sunshine Coast Council FB


Images courtesy of www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au, unless otherwise indicated
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Why? To enjoy a magical explosion of Spring colour and foliage, at your own pace
When: Every year in July, August and September
Where: From Noosa North Shore to Glass House Mountains National Park
Cost: FREE walks
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Wow. That should keep us active for a long time
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