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Glass House Mountains - A Guide

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
Published September 19th 2020
Up and down and all around
The Glass House Mountains are located in the traditional lands of the Jinibara and Gubbi Gubbi people. They are an exceptional area in a volcanic plain consisting of volcanic plugs, which have pushed up from the ground some 27 million years ago. It is situated in the area which bears their name some 75 kms from Brisbane.

The photo below is a good representation of the area. The other place where you can have a holistic view of the area is the Glass House Mountains Lookout, which is definitely worth visiting. There are two built up lookouts of the whole area and you can survey the mountains and their heights. There is a short bushwalk as well. A couple of lovely cafes, just below the Lookout, serve good brunches and lunches and morning coffees. Click here for more details.

The Panorama of the area by Coolbeans 123
The Panorama of the area by Coolbeans 123

These mountains are on the National Heritage List and here they are with their heights:

The National Heritage List of mountains in the area of the Glass House Mountains National Park is Beerwah (556 metres); Coonowrin (Crookneck) (377 metres); Tibrogargan and Cooee (364 metres and 177 metres); Ngungun (253 metres); the Coochin Hills (235 and 230 metres); Miketeebumulgrai 199.5m; and Elimbah (Saddleback) 109m. In addition, there are a further three areas Beerburrum (278 metres); Tunbubudla (the twins) (294 and 338 metres); and Tibberoowuccum (220 metres).

This is just to give you an idea of how many there are but also to pick a few that you can explore in a lot more detail.

Beerwah at 556 metres is one of the more challenging climbs up but also has a boundary walk. The route to the summit is 4.3kms and is a Grade 4 walk and you need a fair amount of fitness. Click here for more details.

Coonowrin or Crookneck is wonderful to look at but Since March 1999, the Mount Coonorwin section of Glass House Mountains National Park has been a Restricted Access Area under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. This effectively closes the area to public access in the interests of public safety.

Mount Coonowrin
Mount Coonowrin

Tibrogargan is an impressive mountain or plug and there are many options here. Try the two base walks which are through Eucalypt forest and are quite varied -The Tibrogargan circuit and the Trachyte Circuit. They are between 3-5 kms each. The walks are fairly flat with small inclines and you are rewarded with majestic views of the area and some of the other mountains. Click here for details.

Mount Tibrogargan
Mount Tibrogargan

If you are feeling active, you can attempt the climb up which will take approx 3 hours and is a 3.3 kms walk. This is also a Grade 4 walk. Click here for details.

Ngungun at 253m is the most popular mountain to walk up and well worth the walk. It is an easy path, though it is labelled a Grade 4, because once you get to the top you will encounter open cliff faces where care and attention are paramount. The walk takes approx one hour up and slightly less coming down. It is a shorter walk too of approx 3 kms. Click here for details.

The Top of Mount Ngungun
The Top of Mount Ngungun

And finally, Beerburrum which is the mountain that Matthew Flinders climbed up in 1798 - the climb starts at the park and be warned after a gentle kilometre through the eucalypt forest the path becomes concrete and heads up quite steeply. Though not difficult you will find that you might become a little breathless and the answer is to stop frequently and look out at the views. Click here for details.

The concrete path

Views from the top
Views from the top

There are some flatter walks you can do around the base of the mountain - one is called the Soldiers Settlers walk which goes past the cemetery and was for returning soldiers - it is worth looking in there briefly. If you want more about the history of why it was called a soldier settlement, click on this link.

The area offers a plethora of walks and trails for all with varying degrees of difficulty or ease. There are majestic old trees, pretty flowers, flowering Wattles and Waratahs, bird calls and much more. Please make sure you check individual walks before setting out and the weather conditions and stick to all the paths and rules of the National Parks.
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Why? Beautiful area with a lot of hikes and walks.
When: Anytime but especially winter and spring.
Where: Glass House Mountains. Sunshine Coast
Cost: Free.
Your Comment
Wonderful descriptive article Marina, although I will give climbing them a miss.
by Neil Follett (score: 2|939) 39 days ago
You fail to mention the indigenous heritage of the Glasshouse area. We would prefer that everyone respects this by NOT climbing these mountains.
by Suebe (score: 0|4) 37 days ago
lovely Marina
by May Cross (score: 3|7239) 37 days ago
My new business, Glasshouse Country Tours, kicks off on 4th October with the launch of the web site and booking service. For those wanting to get an insight into the region, I will give you a tour in a comfortable small bus that seats only 6 passengers. Ideal for Covid safe travel.
Lots of history, and the option of meeting local farmers and artists. Be prepared to travel the back roads that this local can show you.
by joinu (score: 0|0) 32 days ago
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