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Mount Ngungun Summit Trail

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Published July 12th 2021
Feeling on top of the world
The spectacular landscape of the Glass House Mountains features 11 volcanic peaks, an abundance of hiking trails and stunning views. Located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, this destination is approximately one hour of driving from Brisbane.

Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, bushwalk, hike
Mount Ngungun is the sixth tallest of these peaks, with an elevation of 259m


The Glass House Mountains are embedded deeply within the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Selected peaks / routes are considered to be sacred and should not be climbed as a sign of respect.

The 2.8km Mount Ngungun Summit Trail is listed as a grade 4 track with several steep sections and exposed cliff edges. Despite this rating, it is widely considered to be one of the easier Glass House Mountain hikes. The path is clearly defined, well maintained and accessible without climbing gear.

If you are wondering if this hike may be suitable for you, we came across hikers of all ages and abilities. In particular, there were many families with younger children (including adults with infants in carriers). My nine-year-old son completed the trail with ease, supportive footwear and close supervision are obviously essential.

The track leads through an open forest and begins with intermittent sections of stone steps. As the track progresses up the mountain, visitors will delight in the dense fern understory and magnificently tall trees. The sections of steps are replaced by a steeper gradient of uneven rocks, resembling more of a "rock scramble" than a simple hike.

Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, bushwalk, hike
Stone steps through fern understory


Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, bushwalk, hike
Steeper gradient of uneven rocks


Approximately halfway through the trail, visitors can stop and admire Dayman's Cave, a large opening in a rocky outcrop. This section has been fenced off but a small landing provides the opportunity to appreciate its sheer size.

Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, bushwalk, hike, cave
Dayman's Cave


Upon reaching the summit, expect breath-taking 360-degree views. On a clear day, there are spectacular close-up views of nearby Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Tibberoowuccum, Mt Coonowrin and Mt Beerwah.

Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, bushwalk, hike
View from the top


If you are seeking more of an adventure, many hikers continue along the ridge to rest on the highest boulders. This provides opportunities for amazing photographs, however extra care needs to be taken.

Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, bushwalk, hike
Walking along the ridge


Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, bushwalk, hike
Feeling on top of the world


Exposure to the sun is quite extreme on the summit, so ensure that you have adequate water, sunscreen and a hat.

Allow up to 2 hours for the return hike (trust me, the view from the top is difficult to leave!).
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Why? To enjoy a mountain adventure with stunning views
When: From sunrise to sunset
Where: Mount Ngungun Summit Trail
Cost: Free
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