Coastal Pathway
  • Last updated:
  • 16 Sep 2021

The Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway is 73km long and stretches from Bells Creek in the south to Coolum in the north. It takes advantage of the spectacular coastline that is hugely enjoyed by residents and visitors. The pathway is split into nine segments, called connections, and runs beside beaches, parks and leisure areas. People can explore the coastline by walking, jogging or cycling on a combination of on and off road networks. Whether you're looking for a half day cycling adventure or just a beachside stroll, there is something for everyone.

Check out the Coastal Pathway Guide online[1827KB] or get a copy from your local bike shop, visitor information centre or council office.

Plan your journey

Coolum is a hilly but scenic section of the coastal pathway and is a tourist hotspot with beachside fun right across the road from shopping and dining. Pick up some lunch and take a short ride to the lookouts at Point Perry or Point Arkwright. Don't forget your binoculars - you might even spot some turtles or whales.

Rides and walks to try

Marcoola to Mudjimba is a family favourite - flat and shady and suitable for inexperienced riders. Dive into nature as you explore this peaceful stretch of coastline on the wide shady path, or take a diversion to hike Mount Coolum.

Rides and walks to try

The pathway moves away from the coast from Mudjimba before reaching the vast Maroochy River, where you an enjoy river views all the way to Picnic Point. Explore the natural beauty of Chambers Island or stop at Ocean Street for your choice of cafes and restaurants.

Rides and walks to try

Cotton Tree is famous for its vast treelined park, playground, calm waters, and relaxed dining. This family friendly pathway hugs the water all the way to Mooloolaba with plenty of spots to relax among the way. Stroll to Mooloolaba Spit and take in the spectacular view while you enjoy some local fish and chips.

Rides and walks to try

This section includes a separated cycleway from Mooloolaba to Tuckers Creek Bridge, with some great spots along the way for a picnic or some fishing. There are some traffic lights and driveway crossings on this inland connection that are best suited to more confident riders. Buddina Beach is the gateway to a scenic loop to discover the natural wonders of Point Cartwright.

Perfect for families, this pathway hugs the coastline through tree-lined dunes with the sound of the ocean at every turn. Pause to take in the views, try the new playground at Bokarina Beach or explore the calm waters of Currimundi Lake. Mostly flat with some driveway crossings around Warana.

Rides and walks to try

The peaceful natural beauty of this section of pathway will bring you back time and time again. After relaxing at Currimundi Lake, explore the shady coastal bushland reserve and boardwalk heading south, great on a hot day. Dicky Beach is a perfect stop for a casual bite to eat and a swim.

Rides and walks to try

Caloundra is famous for its beautiful beaches, amenities, cafes and events. Stop for coffee at one of the many beachside cafes or a swim. The pathway follows the cliffs so you can spot turtles, whales or just enjoy the ocean views.

Rides and walks to try

Sheltered from the ocean swell by Bribie Island, the calm Pumicestone Passage is perfect for a family ride with lots of places to relax. The Golden Beach foreshore boasts picnic areas, playgrounds and is a popular fishing and boating spot.

Rides and walks to try

Events

During September to December 2021, council will be out in the community showcasing the beautiful coastal pathway by hosting cycling workshops, guided rides, community information stalls and a community bike ride. This initiative is proudly supported by the Queensland Government's Cycle Network Local Government Grants program. Visit SC Events for more information.

Infrastructure updates

The Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway supports the Sunshine Coast community to achieve a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle. Council will continue to upgrade the Coastal Pathway to improve access to our iconic coastline, beaches and parks. Recent upgrades include:

  • 2013–2021 Tripcony Caravan Park Easement Link, Caloundra
  • 2015–2016 Wurtulla to Buddina Coastal Pathway
  • 2015–2016 Minyama to Mooloolaba Cycleway Stage 3
  • 2018–2019 Bradman Avenue Foreshore, Maroochydore
  • 2018–2019 Mooloolaba Spit Boardwalk
  • 2019–2020 Minyama to Mooloolaba (including Mayes Canal Bridge)
  • 2019–2020 Point Perry, Coolum
  • 2019–2020 Tay/Maloja Avenue Link, Caloundra

For more information on future development of the network, visit Coastal Pathway Linear Open Space Master Plan.

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