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Mount Cooroora

Sunshine Coast

Tuchekoi National Park


Distance (kms):

2.6 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

220 m

Max. elevation (m):

453 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Hard (Grade 4)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A short, but steep and unforgiving hike to a summit with 360 degree views of the coast, hinterland and surrounding peaks.

This heavily trafficked hike starts from the car park on Mountain Road in Pomona.

The track begins with a gradual ascent through bushland before the gradient increases dramatically.

The trek up the face of the mountain involves metal steps, large rocky steps and chains to assist with pulling yourself up.

The summit, which stands 446m above sea level, plateaus and offers incredible 360 degree views from a number of rock outcrops.

The views extend to Noosa, across Pomona township, Lake McDonald and Lake Cootharaba to the east, as well as across the Bruce Highway to Amamoor State Forest to the west.

A number of surrounding peaks can also be seen, including Mount Cooran and Mount Pinbarren to the north, Mount Tinbeerwah to the east, and Mount Cooroy, Mount Eerwah and Point Glorious to the south.

The mountain is home to the annual ‘King of the Mountain’ race, where contestants race from Pomona township to the summit.

Track: The track involves graded paths, with some steps, as well as large rocky steps, chains for assistance and a number of sets of metal steps. The track is well-signed and easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is steep and unforgiving, with no flat sections once on the face of the mountain. The rocky steps are large and chains may be required at times to assist in pulling yourself up. The track is not suitable for those with issues with balance or bad joints.

The walk requires a moderate level of fitness to complete. From the summit, and various locations along the track, there are sheer drops, so caution must be exercised.

Direction: This is an out-and back track that returns the way it came.

getting there

The trail starts from the car park on Mountain Road in Pomona, 1.75 hours drive north of Brisbane. There is a small car park directly across from the trailhead, or a larger car park a couple hundred metres prior.

Parking can become busy, particularly on weekends, so it is advised to go early or weekdays if possible.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round, however is quite exposed to the sun, so would be more difficult and uncomfortable during warmer months.

The metal stairs and rock face can become extremely slippery when wet. The walk should not be completed after recent rain, or if rain is forecast.

Always check the Queensland Parks website for updates on track closures.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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