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Ninderry Bushland Conservation Reserve: Mount Ninderry Summit Walk

Ninderry
1.5km
Trail type
Skill Level
One-way Length
One-way

Get your heart pumping on this short walk up Mount Ninderry and enjoy fabulous views of canefields, the Maroochy River and other district views.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers with some stamina.

HIGHLIGHTS
The Mt Ninderry Bushland Conservation Reserve covers approx. 150 hectares, while its peak, Mt Ninderry, is 304 metes above sea level. On this summit trail you ascend just over 130 metres because – good news – the carpark start is high up on a ridge.

From the car park follow the rolling fireroad to a steep single track with a lot of calf-burning steps, and occasional tantalising views, before it finally opens out onto the prominent bluff as a reward for your efforts. It’s a great complement to Mt Coolum’s summit, visible to the east, which you can see from one of two lookouts at the summit. Get up early and climb the trail as the day is breaking and watch the sun rise.

AFTERWARDS
While you are here why not do the Walking Trail to Wedgetail Court. And just south of the Maroochy River is Dunethin Rock, which offers much closer views over the river. Yandina township is the closest for conveniences and attractions including the ginger and macadamia factories, the famous Thai Spirit House restaurant, wonderful organic cafes and a delightful country pub.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Travelling on the M1 take the Yandina Coolum exit towards the coast. After you cross the Maroochy River turn left into Collins Road.

Travelling on the Sunshine Coast Motorway take the Yandina Coolum exit towards Yandina and turn right into Collins Road just before the river.

Follow Collins Road to the end at the T-junction with Ninderry Road turn right and follow it to about 500 metres before the end where the road forks. Take the right hand road to the car park for Mount Ninderry.

Additionally from the North of Nambour on the West side of the M1 you can take School Road out of town heading north and this will take you directly onto Ninderry Road over the highway.

To the end point: This is an up-and-back route. Go for it!

Get your heart pumping on this short walk up Mount Ninderry and enjoy fabulous views of canefields, the Maroochy River and other district views.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers with some stamina.

HIGHLIGHTS
The Mt Ninderry Bushland Conservation Reserve covers approx. 150 hectares, while its peak, Mt Ninderry, is 304 metes above sea level. On this summit trail you ascend just over 130 metres because – good news – the carpark start is high up on a ridge.

From the car park follow the rolling fireroad to a steep single track with a lot of calf-burning steps, and occasional tantalising views, before it finally opens out onto the prominent bluff as a reward for your efforts. It’s a great complement to Mt Coolum’s summit, visible to the east, which you can see from one of two lookouts at the summit. Get up early and climb the trail as the day is breaking and watch the sun rise.

AFTERWARDS
While you are here why not do the Walking Trail to Wedgetail Court. And just south of the Maroochy River is Dunethin Rock, which offers much closer views over the river. Yandina township is the closest for conveniences and attractions including the ginger and macadamia factories, the famous Thai Spirit House restaurant, wonderful organic cafes and a delightful country pub.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Travelling on the M1 take the Yandina Coolum exit towards the coast. After you cross the Maroochy River turn left into Collins Road.

Travelling on the Sunshine Coast Motorway take the Yandina Coolum exit towards Yandina and turn right into Collins Road just before the river.

Follow Collins Road to the end at the T-junction with Ninderry Road turn right and follow it to about 500 metres before the end where the road forks. Take the right hand road to the car park for Mount Ninderry.

Additionally from the North of Nambour on the West side of the M1 you can take School Road out of town heading north and this will take you directly onto Ninderry Road over the highway.

To the end point: This is an up-and-back route. Go for it!

Activities and facilities
Glossary
  • Suitable for wheelchairs
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for recreational cycling
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • Suitable for kayaking
  • Drinking water available
  • No drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires permitted
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping permitted
  • Camping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking
  • No drinking water available
  • Picnic table on site
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
Map
Reviews

Review Date: 28/05/2019

It was fabulous to take 3 and 5 year old up Mt Ninderry. Plenty of places to stop. Wide paths in sections. Twisted trees to climb over. No complaints from the kids. Beautiful view with morning tea at the top.

Reviewed By: Kj

Review Date: 28/05/2019

Verdant views west to Mt Coolum, south over Maroochy River and Dunethin Rock to Buderim, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba, and east to the ranges, if you do a loop around the top. On a sunny day, it's glorious. And for now you still have a chance of having Ninderry to yourself, unlike Coolum, Ngungun and even Cooroora. The track has had steps installed, and the lookout platform is fairly recent, so this is set to become more popular.

Reviewed By: Dan

Review Date: 16/05/2019

Perfect starter for the day. My little family and i (with dogs) thoroughly enjoyed this scenic climb before a delicous in breakfast in Coolum.

Reviewed By: B

Review Date: 28/11/2018

Nice easy walk with good views at the end. Easy grade and usually very quiet. Does not take long. Definitely check it out if you are in that area.

Reviewed By: Mickey

Review Date: 14/11/2018

This is great walk if you're looking to avoid the crowds. The views from the top are spectacular!

Reviewed By: Michael

Review Date: 13/11/2018

Directions and outline description is good. The thing that it doesn't say is that there is just one picnic table which is at the base - near the car park. Signs on the top of the mountain can be confusing, as it indicates a shelter - which is all the way at the bottom, not near the lookout. Just an observation (it was raining the day I was there). Lovely easy walk though.

Reviewed By: Elspeth

Review Date: 11/11/2018

This is one of my all-time favourite hikes on the Coast, I prefer to hike up Mount Ninderry over Mount Coolum. It’s challenging at times, due to the loose gravel track. However, there are steps along the way. It is a really nice hike up to the summit, with great views of Mount Coolum on the East side and the Hinterland on the West. It’s not as busy as some of the other Mountain hikes on the Coast, but definitely one worth completing. If you have a dog, you can also bring your pooch along for the adventure!

Reviewed By: Brooke

Review Date: 02/11/2018

The perfect mountain for the intermediate hiker, whilst it still provides a physical challenge, it's not to difficult and does not require any climbing. There are 2 alternate paths, however i'd recommend sticking to the left side on the way up as the other side is quite steep. At the top you'll have great hinterland and coastal views, perfect for a sunrise hike. You can also marvel at the sheer size of Councils solar farm which is the first of its kind for any Council in Australia, offsetting 100% of its energy use.

Reviewed By: Adam

Review Date: 02/10/2018

I love this walk and do it regularly with my dog (on a lead!). Gets the heart pumping, and you are rewarded with plenty of lookout vantage points on different sides of Mt Ninderry.

Reviewed By: Bronwyn

Safety

IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL '000'.

Always Adventure Safely!

  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Maintenance and Enquiries

Sunshine Coast Council

For any issues with this experience please contact:

Sunshine Coast Council via 07 5475 7272 or via e-mail: adventure@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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