After a year of being confined to our homes and experiencing the deprivation of not being among mother-nature herself, it’s about time we get back out under the sun and between the lush green trees. Beaming with preserved habitats and glorious natural rainforests, the best place to connect with nature and breathe in that much-needed, lung-purifying fresh air is through an abundance of Sunshine Coast walking trails.
These are some of the best hiking trails Sunshine Coast locals can experience in the region. With native wildlife, rich history, and even walking along the coastline itself, nothing spells nature like experiencing everything the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
Noosa National Park
Boiling Pot: 300m one-way & Dolphin Point: 1.2km one-way
For a day spent with the sun soaking into your skin and your hair brushing through the salty sea air, these Noosa National Park walks are the perfect hiking trails Sunshine Coast locals can
appreciate. Enjoy a stunning and scenic walk along the glistening shoreline while peering into the treetops for sleepy koalas and whistling birds. There are several easy to moderate walking trails, from rainforests to open woodlands and along the coastline itself. Bringing a sufficient amount of water and sturdy shoes are sure to create a more enjoyable experience, with the day-use area perfect for a sit-down and a much-needed coffee break.
Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Walk
This beautiful walk is filled with the rich history of the Buderim Village and is one of the best hikes Sunshine Coast locals and tourists can enjoy. Those conducting this walk can learn about the engineering involved in the construction of the tracks while spotting 100-year-old evidence of sleepers that builders have left, and you may even spot the native moss growing beautifully along the trail. This walk is designed to lead you along the original tracks while covering the story of the Buderim community’s efforts in the 1900s to have these tracks constructed. If you enjoy guided walks with a bit of local history to learn along the way, this tramway walk is perfect for you.
Mount Ninderry Trail
Enjoying a walk with your dog is a feeling like no other, but with a view at the end of the trail, it could be much better. For dog friendly mountain hikes Sunshine Coast pooch lovers can enjoy together, Mount Ninderry has you covered. Pop your furry friend on a secure leash and enjoy the pleasant walk along the stepped tracks to your final destination that offers exhilarating views you do not want to miss. Two large plateaus offer viewing platforms that overlook the stunning Yandina landscape and Blackall Range, with the other boasting lush Mt Coolum views. If going on a walk gets your dog full of energy, this walk is sure to make their day.
Mapleton Falls National Park
Mapleton Falls: 50m return & Wompoo Circuit: 1.3km return
If rainforest environments are your favourite type of Sunshine Coast walking trails, the Mapleton Falls National Park is calling your name. Take the 50m return Mapleton Falls lookout trail and relish in the marvelous views over the Obi Obi Valley and the rainforest canopy resting below or expand your horizons with the 1.3km return trail of Wompoo circuit, a track that winds through eucalypt forest and rainforest surrounds, with beautiful Mapleton Falls views and the Obi Obi Valley. If you listen carefully, you will be able to hear the infamous Wompoo Fruit-Dove singing from the treetops. Being one of the best hiking trails Sunshine Coast locals can appreciate, a picnic and day-use area are also in the vicinity, allowing you to relax and recall moments of your amazing walk through the rainforest.
Ready to enjoy everything that nature to offer?
After enjoying a full day filled with the best hikes Sunshine Coast wide, treat yourself, family and friends to a luxurious stay at one of our holiday houses on the Sunshine Coast locals love. There is nothing that beats waking up to a postcard perfect view of the ocean or the lush green hinterland, courtesy of the beautiful Sunshine Coast region.