The Mount Coolum National Park is dominated by an impressive dome-shaped mountain that rises 208 meters above the Sunshine Coast Lowlands. Mount Coolum has been dated at 26 million years old and was created when a dome-shaped bulge of magma cooled below the Earth’s surface. Aboriginal Dreamtime also has its own story on the origins of the mountain. In Dreamtime, the mountain was formed from the lifeless body of Coolum, a young warrior whose union with an Aboriginal girl Maroochy was approved by the elders. Maroochy was abducted by Ninderry, a rival from a fierce warlike tribe and even though Coolum succeeded in rescuing Maroochy, Ninderry exacted his revenge by throwing a club at Coolum, knocking off his head which later became Mudjimba Island. Mt Coolum National Park is rich in geological history and is also home to a rare and threatened plant species – the montane heath, which is only known to grow in two locations in the whole of the Sunshine Coast. Hikers, botanists and view-seekers alike will find the short trek up Mount Coolum a rewarding experience that you can easily do from your Mount Coolum holiday rentals.
What is there to do at Mount Coolum?
Mount Coolum is best known for the Mount Coolum National Park with many locals and tourists alike making the trek up its dome-shaped mountain. A short trek up the mountain will quickly reveal that Mount Coolum is perfectly located to take in the adventures and beaches of Mount Coolum’s neighboring suburbs. The nature lover can head west to some of the Hinterland’s national parks, the beach lover will be spoilt for choice with more pristine beaches than you can count, and the food lover can experience fresh, seasonal produce at dozens of well-regarded restaurants in the area. There are things to do in and around Mount Coolum that will have you coming back year after year.