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20 May 2024

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The Hillside Insider’s top 4 hikes you need to explore this Autumn

As the heat cools off and beach days become less enticing, the beauty of the Sunshine Coast’s nature trails have never been more apparent! Get ready to explore some of Queensland’s most beautiful scenery in the peaceful hinterland, while reaping the health benefits of a good hike.

Our latest Hillside Insider guide offers locals a shortlist of the best hikes across Mooloolah Valley and the surrounding region. All that’s left is to select a hike from the list below and invite a mate to tackle it together!

Maleny Trail

Distance: 6.7km circuit 

Time from Hillside: 30-minute drive

You can expect to complete this leisurely hike within 1.5 hours. Dog-friendly (on-leash) and open all year round, Maleny Trail is popular among visitors. An abundance of seating and picnic spots offer a relaxed environment for a gentle stroll, while the 18,000 trees and native plants make it an ideal place to reconnect with nature. Take your walk in the early morning or late afternoon for the best chance of spotting a platypus or two!

Visitors are encouraged to park at the Maleny Showgrounds and cross the Obi Obi Creek to begin their walk. 

Baroon Lookout

Distance: 5.4km return

Time from Hillside: 30-minute drive

This well-known walk is the beginning section of the 58km Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. This moderately challenging route usually takes just under 2 hours to complete.

Climb over 100m to Narrows Lookout for impressive views of the treetops and views of Narrows Gorge, before continuing to Baroon Lookout. Here you’ll overlook Baroon Pocket Dam, Obi Obi Creek and the dense forest. While somewhat difficult, the walk is suitable for most ages and abilities, making it a good option for families.

If energy levels are high, continue to the impressive Kondalilla Falls and enjoy a splash at the foot of the 90m waterfall.

Roses Circuit

Distance: 7.2km loop

Time from Hillside: 4-minute drive or 25-minute walk

You don’t have to venture outside Mooloolah Valley to enjoy this moderately challenging hike, with an elevation of 253m. 

Hiking poles are recommended for hikers to confidently tackle downhill stretches, where loose rocks make for a more challenging walk.

While dogs are prohibited, this track is suitable for horseback riding and mountain biking. The Roses Circuit walk takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete. 

Mount Coochin Trail Loop

Distance: 2.1km loop

Time from Hillside: 20-minute drive

Stray a little further from home for our final hike, which takes walkers through the twin peaks of Mount Coochin on a moderately difficult trail. Short and steep, the long first climb offers a good workout, before a slow steady descent. Repeat for the second peak before returning to the start.

Visitors are met with gorgeous views of the Glasshouse Mountains along the way, including Mount Beerwah, Mount Coonowrin, Mount Tibberoowuccum and Mount Tibrogargan. 

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