By Richard Bruinsma
The bushwalk that is Emu Mountain is almost the lesser known but peaceful cousin of Mt Coolum.
The bushwalk, part of Noosa National Park, features rough rocky outcrops and low growing shrubs, including a wide variety of bottle brushes, that are in quite contrast to the topography and fauna of Mt Coolum.
Another thing that Emu Mountain doesn’t yet have is the notoriety and, therefore, the busy morning traffic that has at times caused uncomfortable congestion on Mt Coolum.
Several wide tracks lead to the top of Emu Mountain, some of them offering uninterrupted views of the ocean along most of the journey from the base to the top.
At this time of year, just on dawn, the walk is accompanied beautifully by birdlife, many of which seems to enjoy sitting on any vantage point to take in the 360 degree views of the surrounding neighbourhoods as they begin their day.
The views extend to Coolum Beach, toward Peregian and Peregian Springs, and also toward the southern inland of the coast towards Bli Bli and Nambour.
Again, the lack of trees means an ever present cool morning breeze and the golden light of the morning sun, which all adds to the unique beauty of the walk.
The walk begins in Havana Road East, on the northern outskirts of Coolum Beach, just opposite the Coolum Beach State High School campus.
The walk itself takes about 20 to 25 minutes each way.
There are several steep sections, and parts of the track have loose rocks so stay observant to ensure surefootedness.
It’s a great location for joggers also as there are several criss-crossing pathways that provide variety in steepness.
If you’re interested in trying something different to Mt Coolum, check out Emu Mountain, but don’t tell anyone else.