Wonderful Winter Walks

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Erin Yarwood encourages you to walk your way through winter amidst our lesser known, yet wonder-filled walkable hinterland wonderland.

How lucky are we to live on the Sunshine Coast?

The weather is pretty much always spot on, even during winter. And everything is in close proximity, usually an easy drive from A-to-B.

Let’s face it, Noosa is perfect in many ways and for many reasons. But shhh let’s keep it hush-hush, our little secret!

I’m sure you’ve all walked our magnificent Noosa National Park or taken a stroll up Mount Coolum many times. Maybe even braved the more challenging and ever-fun Mount Cooroora?

But are there moments when you wonder “where else can I explore around the area?”

There are so many hidden, unheard of and lesser-known gems around this beautiful place we call home.

Here are a few ideas to help get you inspired and warm during the next couple of months!

So, tie up those shoe laces, grab your plastic-free water bottle and let’s get moving!

Doonella Lake Walk
5km / allow 1.5 hours

If you’re after a nice and cruisy, yet beautiful, walk without too many kms, this walk is for you.

Meander your way through the beautiful wetlands, past creeks and majestic mangroves. This lovely, shaded walk is right behind a residential area, yet extremely tranquil. This is a lovely area to explore, and pretty much flat the entire way. 

Imbil Rail Trail
9km return / allow 2 hours

This trail is another not-so-challenging walk yet still beautiful, with history thrown in along the way.

Being an old railway, the entire walk is flat, but the scenery is amazing. From walking past working properties, to lush areas of rainforest to experiencing the unmistakable magical sounds of a Bellbird colony, it’s rather special. 

You walk your way to the cute and tiny township of Brooloo before turning around to head back for a coffee or lunch in Imbil. Win-win. 

Yurol Forest Loop
12km / allow 3 hours

If you prefer venturing a little further on foot, this shaded forest walk might be right up your alley! Starting in Lake MacDonald, follow the Noosa Trail Network Track 7 signs, taking you through some beautiful rainforests and amazing secluded creeks and streams. You will experience some stunning views of the surrounding areas while getting in a great workout at the same time. 

Elanda Circuit to Kinaba Info Hut
12km / allow 3.5 hours

Another relatively easy and flat journey, this lovely walk will take you through beautiful Cabbage Palm and Paperbark plantations with lots of interesting sights and plenty of bird watching along the way. 

Great photo opportunities will present themselves the whole way along. There is also an option to camp overnight if you’re keen. Just don’t forget your winter woolies! 

So next time you’re wondering what fun activity you could get up to during your weekend, why not try one of these wonderful walks. It’s the perfect way to see new scenery, stay active and have fun out in the fresh air and sunshine during the cooler months.

About the Author /


For over a decade, Erin has been putting people through their paces and encouraging them to be the best they can be, while keeping a healthy and active lifestyle – and having fun! She specialises in personal training and teaches a vast range of fitness classes out of E-Fitness – her vibrant, fun and welcoming personalised fitness studio in Cooroy where her one-year-old daughter, Aluna provides a welcome distraction.

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