- Monday 22 January 2018
Whether you’re fitter than a circus flea or more inclined to recline, there’s a walk to suit you on the Sunshine Coast
No bushwalking experience? No problem! There are many tracks with flat, even surfaces suitable for wheelchair or pram users and most are less than 5km.
If you’re looking for an idyllic walk, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, features over 2km of tranquil walking tracks, boardwalks and viewing platforms and included wheelchair accessible tracks.
Kondalilla Falls in Flaxton is another must-do family adventure. This 2.4km return walk boasts a scenic swimming hole and is a great little summer getaway. Add the circuit walk to the bottom of the falls for a good half day adventure followed by lunch in Montville. Visitors will want to get in early as this spot is a popular and the car park is full by 9am most weekends.
For a slightly longer track suitable for most ages (10 years and over) and fitness levels, you can’t go past the Trachyte Circuit around Mt. Tibrogargan. This Glasshouse Mountains walk takes in some good views of the area and heads out to Jack Ferris lookout—a great view well worth earning.
This walk is well worth the adventure, it’s off the beaten path and beats the holiday crowds, but make sure you’re prepared and take water, sun protection and snacks. The best advice is to go early or late to avoid the heat and enjoy the changing light on the mountains around you.
For experienced bush walkers, a good track this time of year is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. It has a number of different sections that can be completed in a day or they can all be done over three or more days with a number of great walker camps along the way.
This is a great summer walk and has plenty of swimming options along the way but is recommended for those with bushwalking experience, as it can be challenging in places.
Hike like a pro by following these simple guidelines:
- Use a map or track guide for longer walks, don’t trust on having phone signal to get a map!
- Wear sunsafe clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy enclosed shoes.
- Carry drinking water, food and a first-aid kit.
- Plan to complete your walk well before dark, stay on marked tracks.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Obey all safety and warning signs.
- Let animals find their own food—our foods can be harmful to them.
In the event of an emergency telephone 000 for advice.