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5 mountains to climb with kids on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is well known for its stunning beaches and coastal vibe. However, our little corner of Queensland is also spoilt for mountains, many of them easy enough for the kids to climb too.

We grabbed our backpacks to find some of the best mountains to climb with kids on the Sunshine Coast.

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Emu Mountain

Let’s start with the easiest mountain to climb on the Sunshine Coast – Emu Mountain. An easy 20-minute hike on a well-marked path, it’s not so much a climb as a gentle walk. Our three year old had no trouble running to the top. Despite the easy climb, the views from the top are impressive, along the coast north to Noosa and south to Coolum. 

Emu Mountain is also a popular spot to watch for whales passing by during their migration season – from June to September.

Mount Tinbeerwah

Just a 15-minute drive from Noosa Heads, Mount Tinbeerwah is another easy climb for the bambinos. The 1km round trip offers good views from the top and the first part of the track is paved, so it’s pram friendly too. 

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Mount Ninderry

A longer trail of about 3kms round trip, it’s still doable with the little ones if you have a couple of breaks along the way. A lot of the trail is shaded, and there’s no challenging parts. There are two lookouts at the top – one north, one facing south, both are spectacular.

Mount Coolum

Though it’s only a 2km round trip, the top part is a trickier climb, with steep rocks to scramble at the top, so you might need to carry the little ones at the very end.

It’s a very popular climb, so can get a bit busy with power climbers and joggers, so try it on quieter times. 

Also, there are steep cliff edges at the top, so make sure the kids are aware of the dangers and always supervised.

Mount Ngungun

With uninterrupted 360 degree views from the top, the 2.8km climb up Mount Ngungun is well worth it. It can be done by kids, though not the littler ones (we’d recommend over 7 years). Again, there are steep cliff edges at the top, so supervise kids and warn them of the dangers. 


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By Claire Gilligan
WITH A FIFO HUSBAND WHO WORKS AWAY WEEKS AT A TIME, CLAIRE ENJOYS FINDING FUN, LOCAL THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT TO OCCUPY HER AND HER TWO GIRLS' TIME. ORIGINALLY FROM SYDNEY, CLAIRE AND HER FAMILY LOVE ALL THE THINGS THE SUNSHINE COAST HAS TO OFFER AND ENJOY SHOWING IT OFF TO VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Kids on the Coast is a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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