Noosa National Park Sunshine Coast

Travel back in geological time along the Emu Mountain Summit Walk. The mountain is an unusual rocky knoll of volcanic origin. Photo credit: Trevor Hatfield © Queensland Government

Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

Emu Mountain Summit Walk

Marvel at uninterrupted coastal views from the summit of Emu Mountain, on this short hill climb through coastal heath.

Journey type
1.1km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 45min—1hr walking time.
Grade 4 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Walking

Meander through vivid wildflowers and endangered Mt. Emu she-oaks before climbing to the top of Emu Mountain.

The mountain, also known as Mount Peregian (the Aboriginal word for emu), is the remnant rhyolite rock from a once-larger volcanic mass.

Stand atop the summit and soak in sublime panoramic views of the coastline from Noosa to Maroochydore. Keen eyes will spot the Glass House Mountains to the south-west and Mount Tuchekoi to the north-west.

Between June and November you may spot majestic humpback whales migrating along the coastal waters.

Getting there and getting around

Emu Mountain Summit Walk is in the Emu Mountain section of Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast, 125km north of Brisbane.

Access is via sealed roads suitable for conventional 2WDs. Parking is limited so visitors are encouraged to walk, ride or catch the bus (see TransLink) during peak periods.

Access Emu Mountain Summit Walk and Hakea Walk from Havana Road East, in Coolum Beach:

  • From the bus stop on David Low Way (Coolum Beach State High School), walk down Havana Road East 400m to Emu Mountain Summit Walk or 600m to Hakea Walk. Walkers may exit the Hakea Walk at Tritonia Drive and walk an additional 600m to the Tritonia Drive bus stop on David Low Way.
  • Cycle along council shared pathways outside the national park. Note: No bike racks are available.
  • Drive 3.5km north of Coolum Beach township, or 2.5km south of Peregian Beach township, on the David Low Way. Turn onto Havana Road East.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities on this walk.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Emu Mountain Summit Walk is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Noosa safely and Walk with care.