New bike trails for the Sunshine Coast

There’s good news for Sunshine Coast bike riders. A plan has been announced for a series of paths to link the Sunshine Coast hinterland with the beach.

The 48 kilometres of walking, cycling and running paths would connect Nambour and Coolum, passing through Rosemount, Bli Bli and the Maroochy Wetlands.

The draft plan has been approved and would be delivered in stages, but the Sunshine Coast Daily reported the project could take 20 years to be completed. The first phase includes three or four legs of the overall plan.

Division nine councillor Steve Robinson said it would attract more visitors to the region and motivate locals to get out and about.

“I’m sure it’ll encourage local residents to enjoy and explore the Sunshine Coast’s spectacular natural environment and will contribute to our vision of being Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative,” he said.

Sunshine Coast Council has assured residents it would further engage with the community and impacted private landholders as the paths were developed.