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Mount Coolum Summit Track is a 0.3km, grade 2 null hike located in Mount Coolum National Park, Queensland. The hike should take approximately 40 mins to complete.
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.
About the region
Mount Coolum is a mountain in a national park in a suburb of the same name in Queensland, Australia. Mount Coolum is located on the Sunshine Coast, 101 km north of Brisbane. It lies between the Sunshine Motorway to the west, the shoreline to the east, Coolum Beach township to the north and Marcoola township to the south.
Created about 26 million years ago, Mount Coolum is a laccolith, formed when a dome-shaped bulge of magma cooled below the Earths surface, roughly circular in plan with tall cliffs on the eastern and southern side. It rises abruptly from the coastal plain to a 208 m peak, resembling the Glasshouse Mountains to the south. Mount Coolum is largely formed from 26 million year old rhyolite which forms regular columns and jointing patterns. A disused quarry occupies the eastern foothills of the mountain. After heavy rain there are a number of waterfalls on the cliffs.
For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Queensland.com