Mount Coolum Summit Track

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Did you know that Mount Coolum is the second largest rock in the world after Uluru? This impressive dome-shaped rock is 208 metres high and offers spectacular views of the coast and hinterland. There are several sets of stone steps to help you reach the summit. The walk takes about twenty minutes and is certain to get your blood pumping. Apart from the amazing view, you'll also find interesting plant species around the summit of the mountain including Xanthorrea, Casuarinas, Scribbly Gums and a variety of ferns.

The name of the mountain is said to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'headless', which is assumed to relate to the flat top of the rock. According to dreamtime stories, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean - creating Mudjimba Island.

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Duration
.33 Hours
Distance
.208 Kilometres

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Enjoy a steep trek to the summit of one of the Sunshine Coast's ancient volcanic domes. Created about 26 million years ago, Mount Coolum is a laccolith, formed when a dome-shaped bulge of magma cooled below the Earth's surface.

The walking track includes some of nature's own rock steps. Formed during the volcanic period, large hexagonal cooling columns lie almost horizontally in the track's path.

The walk begins in open forest and as the elevation increases and soils change, the forest becomes woodlands, shrublands, and then low montane heath on the summit.

Montane heath plants are dwarf species that rarely grow above one metre in height. This is due to the harsh conditions in which they grow, including exposure to high winds and sun.

Many rare and threatened species grow here, including the endangered Mount Coolum she-oak ALLOCASUARINA THALASSOSCOPICA, a plant found nowhere else.

It's essential that visitors keep to the walking track and defined viewing areas to avoid trampling and damaging plants.

This park is excellent for birdwatching-many honeyeaters can be seen in the heath and birds of prey, including resident peregrine falcons, soar above. During winter and spring migrating whales can be seen out at sea.

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