17 Jul Interesting facts about Mount Coolum
When it comes to the Sunshine Coast, there is so much to see and do, and explore.
One favourite pastime for both exploring, fitness and sightseeing is a climb to the top of Mount Coolum, just south of Coolum Beach.
Mount Coolum is enjoyed by thousands of visitors and locals alike all year round, offering a slightly challenging walk to the top that will be sure to get your heart pumping, not just from the trip up but also from the breathtaking views stretching beyond Noosa in the north, to the Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast hinterland and beyond, once you reach the summit.
But Mount Coolum is more than just a great spot to explore and climb. It holds many very interesting facts that even many locals do not know about.
We have dozens of facts we have compiled about Mount Coolum and the Coolum region, but here are a few that might amaze you….
Mount Coolum is 26 million years old.
Yes, Mount Coolum certainly has a few years under its belt, and was formed as part of the numerous volcanos that dotted the Sunshine Coast region many millions of years ago. What is left of Coolum is was once a dome-shaped mass of molten magma which pushed through a soft layer of Myrtle Creek Sandstone, and over time as the sand eroded away the magma was left exposed, producing the easily recognised dome-shaped peak that rises 208 metres, known today as Mount Coolum.
Coolum has a number of caves
While most visitors to Coolum follow the public walking track that has been set out, and more recently refurbished by the local council, there are a couple of additional rarely used tracks that are for the more adventurous and experienced climber.
One of these tracks will lead you to two of Coolum’s caves. The trip to the caves starts at he same main track, however by vearing off to the left will take you to the first larger cave which is more of an overhang, and regularly used by rock climbers. In the wet seasons this makes for a spectacular waterfall, and well work a visit.
Following the track further up the mountain and as the track becomes less defined you will find your self at a second ‘man-made’ cave. When I mention man-made, it is because back many years the region was a military training ground, where warships would use Mount Coolum for target practice, forming a few small caves around the mountain. This second cave is small but large enough for a small group, and the signatures from a local scout trip back in the 1960’s is a reminder that it was previously used for camping. While camping on the mountain today is forbidden, the tracks are still available for the adventurous climber.
Mount Coolum is part of a Dreamtime legend
before the region was overrun by white settlers, Coolum was home to a number of aboriginal tribes, and Mount Coolum was part of the Dreamtime. Legend has it that Coolum was an aboriginal warrior that was in love with Maroochy, a young beautiful tribal girl. One day a warrior from another tribe, Ninderry, kidnapped Maroochy while Coolum was away from her and out hunting.
The two warriors began a battle over Maroochy, and in the struggle Ninderry hit Coolum with his sharp weapon, taking his head clean off. Coolum’s body died and turned to stone, forming Mount Coolum. and his head was flung out to sea, to become what is now known as Mudjimba Island.
On hearing what had happened, Maroochy wept tears of sadness, which formed the Maroochy River.
Mount Coolum is home to unique plants only found here.
Coolum is filled with a variety of plants, including the endangered Mt Coolum she-oak, only found in this area.
There are also a number of other endangered plants found in the area, and currently being preserved to ensure they remain for many years and lifetimes to come.