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Climbing Mount Beerburrum

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published October 11th 2012
A Short But Steep Climb But Beautiful Views Await At The Top
Looks can be deceiving when it comes to Mount Beerburrum. It may look like a short and sweet stroll to the top but don't be fooled - it's quite challenging but also completely worth the effort.

The view from the fire tower on top of Mount Beerburrum
The view from the fire tower on top of Mount Beerburrum


Seriously, Mount Beerburrum is one of the steepest climbs you can do when it comes to the Glass House Mountains. You'll need to be fit for this one - it's a 1.4km return trip which may not sound like much but take into account that the mountain is also 280 metres high.

A luscious rainforest close to the start of your climb - it won't last though
A luscious rainforest close to the start of your climb - it won't last though


Starting off from the car park, you'll walk through an open eucalypt forest before passing through a small patch of rainforest. Take it all in - because the landscape gets a bit drier, and the paved track gets a lot steeper after this. Don't let those first few steps discourage you though, it will all be worth it once you make the top. Remember, there's no shame is stopping to catch your breath along the day, they've even got a couple of benches off to the side of the path. These are also some good places to get some photos of the distance.

Looking south from the top of Mount Beerburrum
Looking south from the top of Mount Beerburrum


The climb up should take you about 40 minutes - once you spot the fire tower you'll know you've made it. Use that last bit of energy you've got to pull yourself up those first lot of steps of the tower and get onto the platform - you'll get your best photos of the trip from here.

Short but steep
Short but steep


To the north you'll have Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Ngungun, Mount Beerwah and the Glass House Mountains Lookout. If your eyesight is good and the day is clear you may even be able to make out Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore off in the distance north, maybe even a bit of Caboolture, Tunbubudula and Mount Miketeebumulgrai to the south and Bribie Island out to the east.

The fire tower on top of Mount Beerburrum
The fire tower on top of Mount Beerburrum


The walk down can be quite the challenge as well. Make sure you wear some good walking shoes or even bring a stick to lean on, it's that steep you don't want to risk tripping on the way down. Gravity can be quite cruel here.

A few of the other Glass House Mountains - here you can see Mount Beerwah, Mount Coonowrin, Mount Ngungun and Mount Tibrogargan
A few of the other Glass House Mountains - here you can see Mount Beerwah, Mount Coonowrin, Mount Ngungun and Mount Tibrogargan


The history behind the Mountain is quite fascinating. There are some information boards at the base detailing exactly how it came to be discovered. In 1799 navigator Matthew Flinders became the first European to visit the Glass House Mountains. He and three companions left the shift Norfolk in Pumicestone Passage and walked towards the Glass House Mountain peaks. They crossed "low, swampy and brushy" country and climbed Beerburrum. The name Beerburrum comes from an Aboriginal word believed to mean 'rainbow lorikeet'. Like the other Glass House mountains, this place is held sacred by Aboriginal people.

Looking down on the Beerburrum township
Looking down on the Beerburrum township


It can be quite easy to make a weekend out of Mount Beerburrum. There are a couple of places around town where you can stay close by to make the most of your time away. The Beerburrum Motel actually offers great views of Mount Beerburrum while the Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Park is only down the road.

The walk is a natural wonderland - plenty to see here
The walk is a natural wonderland - plenty to see here


Mount Beerburrum is a great challenge for any bush walker. Your calves will burn, your quads will be sore but you'll have some amazing views to brag about to all your friends once you get home.
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Why? For a short but challenging climb up one of the Glass House Mountains.
When: Any time of year (recommended you only climb in daylight)
Where: Mount Beerburrum
Cost: Free
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