Today I am coming to you from the top of Mount Cooroora where Rhett and I spent the afternoon watching the sky turn from a clear baby blue to a stunning gradient of pink and purple. The panoramic views, and quiet stillness, and clean, crisp air made for a wildly breathtaking experience. And one that I would highly recommend to anybody that gets within a 150 km radius of this mountain. Because, despite the life-endangering scramble up, the occasional heart-splintering rockfall and the debilitating muscle soreness that seemed to set-in days after, the views and sense of accomplishment made it all truly worthwhile.
In terms of getting to the base of Mount Cooroora … well, it’s a piece of cake. The mountain itself, standing at an impressive 446 metres in height, is located in the sleepy town of Pomona within the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland. It took Rhett and I just under an hour and 45 minutes to get there, driving from Brisbane CBD via the Bruce Highway. So in my humble opinion, it’s a pretty accessible destination for any locals who are thinking of making the climb.
Now, in regards to physically climbing Mount Cooroora … ha, I’m not going to lie, I did not find it easy. Not in the slightest bit. But I guess, I wouldn’t say that it was entirely undoable either. The fact that I, a woman of below-average fitness with two skinny asparagus stalks as arms, actually made it to the summit would lead me to believe that the majority of the population would be right to make this climb.
But, before you get too enthusiastic and go gun-ho on this mountain, I will warn that there was a fair bit of scrambling involved. As well as a great deal of hanging-off-a-metal-chain-for-dear-life and adhering to the 6-points-of-contact-rule where I was forced to keep 2 hands, 2 feet and 2 bum-cheeks firmly gripped to the ground. And that was just on the way up! The descent was another beast unto itself. I, very literally, had to crab-crawl my way down, whilst also praying to whoever unfortunate enough to be listening for a safe return passage home. Haha.
So, to summarise, if all the above doesn’t cause you to pause in any way, go forth and conquer my little grasshoppers.
On another note, for those of you who are wondering, the outfit that I wore for these photos is a current favourite of mine from Arnhem Clothing (haha, no surpises there!), the ‘Carolina Rose’ Kimono in ‘Porcelain Blue’ – which I believe is still available from their website for AUD $169.00 (for more, click here). And before anybody asks, I most definitely did not wear this dress on my walk/scramble/crab-crawl up. And although I believe hiking in a dress a highly doable activity, it wouldn’t be something that I’d actively recommend. LOL.
Anyway, that about sums it up from me today. As always, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are having an incredible start to the working week! Until we speak again later, stay safe.
Love Linda, xo