- Last updated:
- 20 Sep 2019
The Coastal Pathway is the Sunshine Coast’s most popular shared pathway extending 73 kilometres from Bells Creek in the south, to Coolum in the north.
The vision for the Coastal Pathway is a world class scenic coastal pathway, connecting beaches, parks and open space areas. The pathway provides people with the opportunity to explore the coast’s natural beauty, services and businesses.
The Coastal Pathway Linear Open Space Master Plan was endorsed by council in 2017 following significant community support for the project. The master plan identifies the Bokarina to Warana section as a ‘high priority missing link’. Stage 1 of the Coastal Pathway at Bokarina includes a new pathway between the existing path at Driftwood Court through the coastal reserve to Wyanda Park.
The two missing links are completed between the existing coastal pathways at Wurley Drive and Blue Haven Court, and the Bokarina Beach development. Within the Bokarina Beach site, the developer has constructed the Coastal Pathway as part of the parkland infrastructure enabling continuous public access through the site and avoiding the current route along Nicklin Way.
Construction of the latest stage of the pathway commenced in March 2019. Work at Wyanda Park Beach Access include a new larger shelter, boardwalk and beach access upgrade. This section commenced in late July 2019 and is expected to take approximately 8 weeks, weather permitting. Removal and treatment of weed species has been undertaken in the lead-up to the project.
The new sections of coastal pathway will make it possible to walk, run, or cycle continuously from Bells Creek at Golden Beach to Wyanda Park at Bokarina.
The proposed alignments of the pathways has taken into consideration community feedback received during the Coastal Pathway Master Plan community engagement process.
A fauna and flora assessment has been completed and the alignments of the new paths are located to avoid impacts on native vegetation and habitat areas. A fauna spotter will be present on site during clearing operations.
Council has received Operational Works Approval from the State Government for construction of the new paths.
Revegetation and weed removal will be undertaken as part of the work. Following completion, long-term bush revegetation will continue within the reserve.
A new viewing deck and shelter are proposed at Wyanda Park to replace the existing shelter and provide improved access to the beach and link with the Coastal Pathway.
Concept plans have been prepared showing the approximate alignments of the proposed pathways.
The project will build on the existing Coastal Pathway network, enabling the community easy access along the coast and the ability to enjoy more of the Sunshine Coast’s spectacular beaches and bushland scenery.
For further information, please contact council’s Project Officer at LandscapeDesignandPlanning@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or (07) 5475 7272.