- Last updated:
- 15 Aug 2020
The Coastal Pathway is the Sunshine Coast’s most popular shared pathway. It extends 73 kilometres from Bells Creek in the south, to Coolum in the north.
The vision is for the Coastal Pathway to be 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.
Already completed are two links:
- Wurley Drive and Blue Haven Court
- Bokarina Beach development. The developer has constructed the Coastal Pathway as part of the parkland infrastructure. This enables continuous public access through the site avoiding the current route along Nicklin Way.
Construction of the latest stage of the pathway in now complete. The path now connects from beach access 238 (just North of Wyanda Drive, Bokarina) to Caloundra. Work at Wyanda Park Beach Access includes a new larger shelter, boardwalk and beach access upgrade. Weed control and bush regeneration is ongoing within the extent of the project. Removal and treatment of weed species has commenced north of beach access 238 to facilitate detail design of the next section of pathway.
The new sections of coastal pathway will make it possible to walk, run, or cycle from Bells Creek at Golden Beach to Wyanda Park at Bokarina.
The proposed alignments of the pathways considered community feedback. This was received during the Coastal Pathway Master Plan community engagement process.
A fauna and flora assessment has been completed. 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. These will 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. This will enable the community easy access along the coast with 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.