by Sarah Vercoe

Take the road less travelled and discover a glorious view across the hinterland where you’ll fall in love with the Sunshine Coast all over again. 

If ever there was a lookout on the Sunshine Coast that flies under the radar, this is it. Hidden within the north-eastern pocket of Mapleton National Park, Point Glorious Lookout offers up  postcard perfect views. 

Capturing the rolling green hills of the hinterland all the way across to the coast, the expansive views from Point Glorious are enough to make you fall in love with the Sunshine Coast all over again. 

Unlike others around the coast, there’s nothing fancy about Point Glorious Lookout. There’s no epic mountain to climb for the view, no coastal scene and no ancient mountain range to gasp at. It’s as understated as they come. 

A no-frills lookout that’s stripped back to the essentials; a beautiful place to sit and relish in a glorious landscape.

To get here a 4WD vehicle is best. A bumpy track climbs through bushland strewn with towering Eucalyptus haemastoma trees, more commonly known as scribbly gum. It’s a pleasant drive that takes you all the way from Eerwah Vale to a remote part of Yandina, with Point Glorious Lookout a detour along the way. 

Once you’re done taking in the sweeping views at Point Glorious, continue on towards Yandina where you’ll find another under-the-radar gem of the hinterland: Cooloolabin Dam. 

Cooloolabin Dam sits to the west of Yandina and, like Point Glorious Lookout, it’s remote location has allowed it to remain crowd-free. With shoreline fishing, a lovely nature trail that loops alongside the dam, and a grassy expanse where you can spread a picnic blanket, it’s a delightful destination to while away the afternoon. 

A short but sweet nature trail weaves through bushland adjacent to the dam. A multi-use track, hikers can spot birdlife while enjoying intermittent glimpses of the dam, while mountain bikers will revel in the twists and turns along the way.  

Somewhat of a secret road trip, this is not an area of Mapleton National Park many would think to venture down. But if you do, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most glorious views in the hinterland and a beautiful sanctuary where you can stretch your legs en-route to the rest of the hinterland. 

How to get there: 

From Eumundi, take Eumundi Kenilworth Road towards Kenilworth turning left onto Buckby Road. Follow the dirt road until you see a sign for Point Glorious Lookout. To get to Cooloolabin Dam, continue down Buckby Road towards Yandina and turn right onto Cooloolabin Road where you can park at the dam’s Day Use Area. 

Point Glorious Lookout: Point Glorious Rd, Eerwah Vale QLD 4562

Cooloolabin Dam: Cooloolabin Road, Cooloolabin QLD 4560