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Published August 26th 2019
I'd wanted to do the Yul-yan-man track since I saw it in January this year. I had just climbed Mt Beerburrum as part of my bushwalking club's twelve mountains in twelve months program. I wrote about that trip here.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally got to go back to that area for some more bushwalking. We started off in the town of Beerburrum and walked to the car park for the start of the Mount Beerburrum track. We had decided to climb Mount Beerburrum before setting off on the Yul-yan-man track. The 750m concrete path to the fire tower was as steep as I remembered it in January. It was 3.5 kilometres return.
I had read some information about the Yul-yan-man track and it sounded really interesting. Most people really enjoyed the walk, so I was looking forward to it. In Kabi Kabi Aboriginal language, Yul-yan-man means 'walk slowly".
The trail lived up to my expectations. There were fantastic views at lookouts of the Glass House mountains, some exciting rock scrambling, and steep slippery descents leading to lovely flat walking along the Soldier Settlers' Track with lovely flowering wildflowers.
We stopped at several lookouts along the track to enjoy the views. It was great to see the Glass House Mountains from a different perspective. Some people remarked how good it was to see them without any signs of civilisation. We could hear voices below us where we stopped for lunch. We couldn't see them, but I assumed they were rock climbers, as I am sure there is good rock climbing in this area.
We were prepared to slide down on our bottoms if necessary, but the short steep section wasn't too bad at all and we all made it down safely. Our group included an 80-year-old man, who coped very well. Our youngest walker was 46 years old.
We did a short detour to the Jack Ferris lookout, then walked on the Soldier Settlers' track, back to our cars at Beerburrum. We passed the historic Beerburrum Cemetery on the way, but we didn't stop as we were all looking forward to coffee or a cold drink after our hot fourteen-kilometre walk.
The Yul-yan-man track is a Grade 5 track and has only opened recently. National Parks warn people not to attempt it in wet weather, very hot weather, or if there is any fire danger in the area. It is a 9-kilometre return walk, or 8.8-kilometres return walk via Soldier Settlers' trail.
If you didn't want to do the return trip, you could arrange to be picked up at the Tibrogargan trailhead. I loved the walk. It had lots of variety, which kept it interesting. I would definitely do it again.