The rapidly-growing township of Mooloolah is set in a bushclad valley on the headwaters of the Mooloolah River behind the Sunshine Coast. Much of the surrounding countryside is conserved in national parks. Although there are plans to open up some of the parkland to the public, there are few signed or defined walking tracks, and rangers warn that only experienced bushwalkers should venture into the natural forests.
But, if adventure is your game, then the Omaru Archery Park might be just your bag. Field archery now has as many American followers as golf and the sport is gathering pace in Australia. The valley park has an expansive field range on which archers can unleash their arrows at 25 three-dimensional foam pig targets.
Twenty km inland from Caloundra, Mooloolah is the northernmost village in a Blackall Range chain of hinterland towns that also includes Glass House Mountains, Lansborough, Beerwah, Beerburrum and Maleny. Mooloolah is a multiple winner in the state's annual Tidy Towns contest.