There are a number of mountains and walking tracks nearby to Brisbane which make for a great day of outdoor activity. One such area is the Glass House Mountains National Park, which is about an hour drive from Brisbane. From there, you'll need to travel north on the Bruce Highway, towards the Sunshine Coast, then take the Glass House Mountains tourist drive turn-off and follow the signs to the Glass House Mountains. However, you may be travelling from a different direction, and in any case, it's a good idea to consult a map.
You may have heard of some of the mountains in the park, such as Mt Beerwah or Mt Tibrogargon which are frequented by climbers, but the area is also home to a number of others, such as Mt Ngungan. I spent a lovely Sunday walking Mt Ngungan last weekend.
Mt Ngungan is about a 2.2km walk return and could take two hours to complete, however, my friends and I took about an hour. The mountain was relatively easy to find; there are lots of signs and there is a car park at the base to leave the car, where the track begins.
We began walking at around midday. Given winter temperatures, this was quite a suitable time, particularly as you are shaded well by trees and ferns. If it were summer however, perhaps walking earlier in the morning would be a good idea, as it would be quite hot by midday.
Regardless of the time of year, it's best to choose a day with good weather. The walk was moderate - mostly, we were able to walk uphill, but there were certain areas we had to climb using our hands as well, which could be dangerous in wet weather. Runners or trekking boots are therefore a good idea, as well as a hat and sunscreen.
If you do a bit of research, you'll find that Mt Ngungan is described as an easy track by some sources and a more difficult track by others. The Queensland Government Environment and Resource Management website states Mt Ngungan has a "distinct track usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps" with some loose gravel surfaces. Based on experience, this is a fitting description. Nevertheless, there were many families climbing Mt Ngungan on Sunday, with young children - so it appears to be a well known and safe climb.
Mt Ngungan doesn't have a platform lookout, but once you reach the top, there are many places to sit and enjoy the great view. You might like to bring a camera, and you should definitely bring some food and water too.
The Queensland Government Environment and Resource Management website also provides information on a range of other picnic spots, walking tracks and mountains in the area, which may be quite helpful when planning a trip.
Mountain walking is a great outdoor activity that can be done all year round with friends or family. It's a nice change from the usual Sunday sleep-in, and for some, it might be a welcome challenge. Reaching the top of a mountain means a rewarding outlook too, not to mention a feeling of accomplishment.
Thank you for the information you have provided. It seems that Mt. Ngungan is a great place to visit. I will be visiting Brisbane next month and I I'd like to climb this mountain aswell. If you don't mind I have few questions. I am from the Philippines.
Do you need to pay anything to climb the mountain?
is it accessible by public transportation.