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Noosa National Park: Emu Mountain

Coolum Beach
1.3km
Trail type
Skill Level
One-way Length
One-way

NOTE: This adventure is in Noosa National Park for current Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service parks information, maps and essential park alerts click here

Enjoy 360 degree views of Peregian and Coolumn surrounds from this 71 metre peak.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers. Easy to do with kids, even little ones, and also good route for people who want to have a run or a ride exploring multiple trails.

HIGHLIGHTS
You’ll find Emu Mountain just south of Peregian Beach. It’s more of a hill and sadly emus no longer roam the top. Still, at just over 70m elevation it provides a surprisingly a sensational view, mainly due to so few trees and the compact mountain top allowing 360 degree uninterrupted views of the coast and hinterland. Absorb the vista, and don’t overlook the interesting rock outcrops and vegetation on the mountain itself. The coastal heathland plants flower in spring. For the easiest route up, take the western track (Hakea) and use the linking trail.

Note. Some people refer to this hill as Mt Peregian. The mountain’s name is actually derived from the local Aboriginal word 'peregian', which means emu – because once there were emus on these slopes.

AFTERWARDS
You can make this a longer adventure by heading down the mountain via the Hakea route and following that south till its end where it hits Tritonia Drive. Follow that towards the coast. Once you hit David Low Way there is a cement cycle/walking path that runs beside it. Head north and it will bring you back to Havana Road East.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: There are various tracks that can you can take to the top of Emu Mountain.

If you are driving, cycling or walking you can access the route from side roads off David Low Way (namely Tritonia Drive, Kanooka Avenue or Havana Rd East.)

For the fastest ascent, climb from the end of Havana Road on the northside, which is what is marked with the accompany red trail.

There are two trails on this side: the Emu Mountain Summit Walk and the Hakea Walk, which has a side Summit Link Trail that takes you to the summit.

To the end point: The end point is the same as your starting point, however the red trail suggests you do a circuit route rather than an out and back.

Enjoy 360 degree views of Peregian and Coolumn surrounds from this 71 metre peak.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers. Easy to do with kids, even little ones, and also good route for people who want to have a run or a ride exploring multiple trails.

HIGHLIGHTS
You’ll find Emu Mountain just south of Peregian Beach. It’s more of a hill and sadly emus no longer roam the top. Still, at just over 70m elevation it provides a surprisingly a sensational view, mainly due to so few trees and the compact mountain top allowing 360 degree uninterrupted views of the coast and hinterland. Absorb the vista, and don’t overlook the interesting rock outcrops and vegetation on the mountain itself. The coastal heathland plants flower in spring. For the easiest route up, take the western track (Hakea) and use the linking trail.

Note. Some people refer to this hill as Mt Peregian. The mountain’s name is actually derived from the local Aboriginal word 'peregian', which means emu – because once there were emus on these slopes.

AFTERWARDS
You can make this a longer adventure by heading down the mountain via the Hakea route and following that south till its end where it hits Tritonia Drive. Follow that towards the coast. Once you hit David Low Way there is a cement cycle/walking path that runs beside it. Head north and it will bring you back to Havana Road East.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: There are various tracks that can you can take to the top of Emu Mountain.

If you are driving, cycling or walking you can access the route from side roads off David Low Way (namely Tritonia Drive, Kanooka Avenue or Havana Rd East.)

For the fastest ascent, climb from the end of Havana Road on the northside, which is what is marked with the accompany red trail.

There are two trails on this side: the Emu Mountain Summit Walk and the Hakea Walk, which has a side Summit Link Trail that takes you to the summit.

To the end point: The end point is the same as your starting point, however the red trail suggests you do a circuit route rather than an out and back.

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
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
Map
Reviews

Review Date: 18/04/2019

Nice short climb, lots of parking during the school holidays. Stunning view out to the ocean.

Reviewed By: Jasmine

Review Date: 14/01/2019

This is a nice little walk. There's not many people and the views are great. The path is a bit uneven especially up the top so not great for those who are a bit unsteady on their feet. There's also very little shade so I recommend doing the walk either early in the morning or late afternoon/early evening as the sun sets. There is some parking opposite the school and the path entry is at the end of the road.

Reviewed By: Phoebe

Review Date: 28/11/2018

This is a great little walk with a nice view from the top. I found this good for a short fitness walk. It wasn't too busy when I went which was a plus for me.

Reviewed By: Nicole

Review Date: 18/11/2018

My husband and I climbed Emu Mountain with our two kids (3.5 and 1.5) over the weekend. It's a fantastic track with an easy incline, suitable for almost everyone including beginner climbers and littlies. Mr 3.5 had a fantastic time and wanted to go straight back up when we got to the bottom. I took Mr 1.5 with me in a baby carrier on my back and the extra weight added a little bit of a challenge. Overall a great walk for families, not too long and a good first climb for young kids - I definitely recommend this one.

Reviewed By: Emily

Safety

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  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
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    • 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/
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Maintenance and Enquiries

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