To be totally honest – I’m not a major fan of exercising, but I know it’s something I need to do. I get bored at the gym, and cannot stand walking or running around the block as it makes my skin crawl. I don’t know why…
Because of this, Harry and I usually head to the mountains on weekends to get our exercise in (my exercise, more like it) and I absolutely love it. Besides being great for your bod, it’s also the perfect way to get a little couple time in when you both kinda spend your lives working.
Last weekend we decided to try a new hike, and having read a little about Mount Ninderry, decided it would be perfect. It’s not too far from our house, so it’s not like we had to dedicate half a day to it, and it’s one of the lesser talked about Sunshine Coast mountains – which meant it wasn’t super busy. (I’m looking at you, Mount Coolum).
The directions provided online are BEYOND incorrect, so I’m not even going to provide a link to any website. To get there, you basically need to get onto Ninderry Road. You can do this two ways: by turning onto Collins Road from the Yandina-Coolum Road, following it to the end and turning right onto Ninderry, OR turning directly off the Bruce Highway onto Ninderry Road. Your choice.
Once you’re on Ninderry, you need to follow it allllll the way to the end, in which you have the option to turn onto Eucalyptus Crescent. Do that. You’ll find a sign saying ‘Mount Ninderry National Park’ and a cement driveway leading to the carpark. While there were some cars there when we arrived, we managed to get a park super easy.
The initial part of the walk is fairly easy (for someone with a low-to-moderate level of fitness), with a rocky path that rises up and drops back down a few times.
After a bit of a walk, you’ll come across a narrower path, which you need to take, and then it’s all uphill from there! I had to stop a number of times because I got so out of breath – but there were families with children doing the walk as well so it’s definitely not hard.
One of the attractions you’ll come across is this huge rock formation that we (carefully) climbed for the most amazing views. The higher you climb up the mountain, the more you’ll be able to see.
Once you get to the top, the track kind of runs around the circumference of the mountain. There are a number of rocky outlooks as well as some built-in lookouts with amazing views of both the coast and hinterland (as well as everything in between).
The entire walk will take you around 1.5-2 hours if you are of reasonable fitness, and stop to take in the views a few times. Make sure you wear sturdy footwear and keep your eyes out for snakes and loose rocks. Harry and I tripped a few times.
I think the best thing about Mount Ninderry is how quiet it is. We only passed a few groups of people on our walk, which made the experience more serene and peaceful. Sometimes it’s nice to be away from other people, you know?
I’d love it if you could let me know your favourite hikes or walks around the Sunshine Coast! Maybe I’ll make this a regular thing…? Let me know!