Emu Mountain Summit Walk
Marvel at uninterrupted coastal views from the summit of Emu Mountain, on this short hill climb through coastal heath.
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.
At a glance
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.
Parking is limited so visitors are encouraged to walk, ride or catch the bus (see TransLink) during peak periods.
Fuel and supplies
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities on this walk.
When to visit
Emu Mountain Summit Walk is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
Noosa National Park has a mild, subtropical climate. The daily average temperature range is 21–29°C in summer and 10–21°C in winter.
Permits and fees
- If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Generally available. Save the app that can save your life. The free-to-download Emergency+ app uses GPS functionality built into smart phones for the caller to provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services. Check with your service provider for more information.
- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
- Ensure you lock your vehicle and remove all valuables, including garage remote controls. Do not leave valuables unattended.
- Please report details of unusual activity or illegal camp sites to the police.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
- Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- There is no drinking water along this walk. Bring your own water.
- Always walk with a group or in sight of another group and walk in daylight hours only. There have been serious assaults in this park.
- The track is steep in places so take care and ensure you have sturdy footing and balance.
- Consider others by not throwing rocks from the summit.
- Everyone moves at different paces—leave greater space around elderly, disabled and young people.
- Informal roads and trails are for emergency and management use only.
- You can't use bicycles, scooters, skateboards or rollerblades on the walking tracks or roads in the park.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.