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Published August 2nd 2020
Beerburrum is a quiet village north of Caboolture, nearer to Bribie Island than Brisbane or Caloundra, and was the setting for a fun hike in a quest to climb its popular bushwalking hill. Named Mount Beerburrum, this hill is part of the Glasshouse Mountains. The village itself is also a really fun place to have a stroll, with a pleasant set of stores near the foot of the hill offering last-minute bottles of water or a coffee for the energy to bushwalk. Yes, the hill is within comfortable walking distance from the train station.
I caught a train from Brisbane there which is fairly elementary on the Sunshine Coast line as it is only two stations beyond Caboolture. The Beerburrum Station is quite a lonely station with lovely bird and plant life around it. It was an ideal place to wait amongst a tranquil setting, observing freight trains and photographing the flowers to occupy time. Sometimes the village's residents walk nearby with their pets but that aside it is very tranquil indeed.
Bush Flora, outside Beerburrum Station, Beerburrum, Qld, on 29-07-2020
The hill itself is quite hard to climb, it's a bushwalk of about just over one kilometre uphill to get to a special concrete path that leads up to the summit. This path is so steep (yet also long, considering the steepness) it may as well be stairs, and I came agonisingly close to the summit. The sun was starting to shine through the lush sub-tropical forest, yet it was to no avail as I realised I couldn't summon the final surge of energy needed. There was, in fact, another person taking a rest on my way up and that was a blessing in disguise - it was a sign to improve my fitness before the next climb and a sign to start descending.
Hilltop watchtower, top of Mount Beerburrum, seen from Beerburrum Station, Beerburrum Qld, on 29-07-2020.
I think the hilltop is an issue for people with poor fitness, as it can cause quite a shock to suddenly have such a lengthy amount of steep walking to do. That is why I think it is good just to walk the village itself. I really appreciated the local coffee shop staff's advice and hospitable attitude. Taps and adequate facilities are near the base of the hill and the basic first part of the walk was very popular with quite a few walkers seen given the village itself is very quiet. There was quite a lot of walking involved overall, yet I was pleased with what I saw yet happy to caution others on their hilltop lookout aspirations.