Mount Cooroora, Tuchekoi National Park

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

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  1. July 4, 2017 / 5:57 am

    Simply breathtaking 😫😫😫😫. I just want to lay on a hammock overlooking that sunset and dozing offf and on. 😍😍😍

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:15 am

      Haha, thank you Asaake. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›
      I couldn’t really doze off – just thinking of the scramble down had me wide eyed and buzzing! 😳 Haha.

  2. July 4, 2017 / 6:06 am

    Absolutely stunning and majestic pictures, what beautiful landscapes. I’m sure I’ve passed through Pamona en route to The Sunny Coast, however I feel I need to make a refresher journey there to drink in the beauty once again. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with the world. Blessings, Onyx.Natasha🌸

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:16 am

      Thanking you so much Natasha πŸ’œπŸ˜Š
      It’s been absolutely my pleasure.
      And I would highly recommend that refresher trip! Even if it’s only to have a few days off work. 😜😜

  3. July 4, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Such beautiful landscape! Love your outfits too. 🌴❀️

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:17 am

      As always – thanks so much John πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

  4. July 4, 2017 / 6:32 am

    That view is stunning!! I’m so proud of you for climbing yet another mountain!! Go Linda!! Your asparagus arms came through and helped in the end πŸ˜›
    By the way, just wondering, how do you guys get your all your camera equipment and outfits up there. Backpack? Wouldn’t that be heavy?

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:18 am

      Hahaha! πŸ˜‚ Thanks lovely Ang πŸ’œπŸ’œ
      Good question! Rhett carries all the camera equipment and my outfit for the ‘shoot’ in a backpack. He will be the first to tell you that it’s bloody heavy. But he’s been a pretty good sport so far. Not a single complaint to be had yet! 😊😊😊

      • July 5, 2017 / 7:20 am

        Ahhh I thought so. You’ve got a lovely husband-to-be there, Linda! πŸ˜€

  5. July 4, 2017 / 6:38 am

    Beautiful photos! You always make me chuckle with the way you describe all your ascents and descents, I imagine any kind of hiking with you would be funny, that kind of funny where you’re exhausted but highly amused none-the-less πŸ˜‰ x

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:21 am

      Owe! Thank you beautiful Sar! πŸ’›πŸ’›
      Not going to lie – there is a fair bit of complaining LOL. But luckily enough, my poor fiancΓ© has since developed a thick skin for my whining. Haha. I would love to go on a hike with you one day! 😊😊 One to add to our bucket lists!

      • July 5, 2017 / 7:44 am

        Definitely πŸ˜‰ I’m enough of an adrenaline junkie that the fear of failing off a cliff seems like a fun day πŸ™‚ x

        • July 5, 2017 / 7:48 am

          Falling* – this is why I always spell check my posts, apparently I need to spell check my comments now too πŸ™‚

          • July 6, 2017 / 7:05 am

            Hahah! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
            Me too. Don’t worry.
            I’m a mess 85% of the time in the comments section. 😜😜

  6. July 4, 2017 / 6:39 am

    Great pictures and narrative. I felt like I was right there toiling to climb that mountain πŸ˜‰

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:23 am

      Thank you so much! That’s probably the best compliment I’ve received yet! 😊😊

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:24 am

      Thank you so much Kris! πŸ’›πŸ’›
      And I hope you have an incredible day as well! 😊😊

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:29 am

      Haha πŸ˜‚ Thanks Keri πŸ’›
      I thought so as well every time I dared to look down! 😳😳

  7. July 5, 2017 / 4:39 am

    Beautiful! Every time I read one of your posts I’m getting itchy feet. There is so much to see out there <3

    • July 5, 2017 / 8:19 am

      Thank you beautiful Nina! πŸ’œβ˜ΊοΈ
      And I would definitely recommend getting started! Because you are so right. Ridiculous amounts to see and do! 😘😘

  8. July 5, 2017 / 11:08 am

    What an incredible view as usual. Rhett and you do manage to scramble your way to the most gorgeous locations. From the sounds of it, it must have been quite the adventure xx

    • July 6, 2017 / 7:08 am

      Oh thank you gorgeous girl! ❀️😊
      It most definitely was! Something I think that you would thoroughly enjoy once you get your bottom over here! 😍

    • July 6, 2017 / 7:11 am

      Thank you so much lovely Valentina 😍❀️
      It IS incredible. Really recommend. 😊

  9. July 6, 2017 / 5:18 am

    This view is amazing!!! Why do you always get to see amazing views! #greeneyedmonster hahaha. Unfortunately, we still haven’t gone for a weekend trip. Still saving up for a car. Lol

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Haha. Thank you V! ☺️☺️
      Ohhh. But you will soon! Especially with that new car! 😍❀️

      • July 7, 2017 / 12:46 am

        It might not be for another 2 years, though. Cars here in the PH are so freaking expensive! πŸ™

        • July 7, 2017 / 12:57 pm

          They are here too! I’ve had mine for 12 years. And refuse to buy another until its well and truly done! πŸ™

  10. July 12, 2017 / 7:38 am

    So stunning! You would never know it was so treacherous. I guess my question about hiking in the dress was answered, haha! I was wondering because based on my footing, a dress would probably be an epic disaster!!

    • July 13, 2017 / 7:42 am

      Haha. Correct. This hike was done in Nikes, long skins and a sports bra! Safety first – am I right? 😘😘

    • August 2, 2017 / 7:20 am

      Thank you lovely! ❀️☺️

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