Mooloolaba to Cotton Tree Coast Walk

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It’s 16 weeks today until I leave for Queenstown- that makes it just over 16 weeks until I tackle Milford Track.

I’ve been doing a reasonable amount of walking, but now really need to get the kilometres and the hills happening- on track we’ll be literally walking all day.

In Mooloolaba the other week it was disgustingly easy to get the steps up. A sunrise walk to and from the Headland, and an early evening walk in the opposite direction to the lighthouse to watch the sunset was an absolute pleasure.

With paths available all up and down the coast, covering a little extra distance than usual was also not difficult. Like this one: the coastal path from Mooloolaba to Cotton Tree. I started at sunrise and was back at the surf club at Mooloolaba for morning coffee with hubby.

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On a nicer day…

Despite the amazing weather we’d had, the rain pelted down at the halfway point, so I was soaked through by the time I got back, but hey, it was only rain- the possibility of there being so much more on track was enough to keep me walking through it.

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How far?

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From where we were staying on The Spit, it was just over 10kms return.

How hard?

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Aside from the headland between Alex and Mooloolaba, this is a flat, very easy walk.

Why do it?

For the scenery. On a nice day, the beaches are fabulous- and on a moody Monday morning in the middle of winter, it can feel like you have them to yourself.

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Coffee?

Absolutely- each of the surf clubs has a coffee cart or kiosk.

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Toilets?

Available at each surf club.

Accessibility?

The path is wide and paved the whole way- making it accessible for wheelchairs and prams.

Dogs?

Leashed only. Don’t forget to pick a plastic bag up from the dispensers along the way…

Want more?

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Each Sunday the main street in Cotton Tree is closed to traffic and a well worth a look at market moves in.

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Alternatively, why not break your walk at the halfway point and stop for breakfast? Cotton Tree has plenty of great coffee shops to choose from.

Cotton Tree on a nicer day
Cotton Tree on a nicer day