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About Glass House Mountains

Getting there and getting around

A view of some of the Glass House Mountains, from the fire tower platform on Wild Horse Mountain (123m) in Beerburrum State Forest. Photo: NPRSR.

A view of some of the Glass House Mountains, from the fire tower platform on Wild Horse Mountain (123m) in Beerburrum State Forest. Photo: NPRSR.

From Brisbane, follow the Bruce Highway north, take the Glass House Mountains tourist drive turn-off and follow the signs to the Glass House Mountains.

The Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre is a great place to visit first for an orientation to the area. This accredited information centre is staffed by knowledgeable locals. It is located at Settler's Rotary Park, Reed Street, Glass House Mountains (open daily 9am to 5pm).

There are separate access routes to each of the recreation nodes around the mountain peaks—Mount Beerburrum (Glass House Mountains and surrounds map ref 3), Mount Beerwah (map ref 4), Mount Ngungun (map ref 5), Mount Tibrogargan (map ref 6).

Refer to the Glass House Mountains and surrounds map (PDF, 312K)* for access routes.

Wheelchair accessibility

The toilets and a picnic table at the Mount Tibrogargan day-use area are wheelchair accessible. Access surface is gravel and grass.

Park features

At 556m above sea level, Mount Beerwah is the highest peak of the Glass House Mountains. Photo: NPRSR.

At 556m above sea level, Mount Beerwah is the highest peak of the Glass House Mountains. Photo: NPRSR.

Craggy volcanic peaks tower over a scenic patchwork of pine plantations, bushland and cultivated fields. Many of the peaks are protected in Glass House Mountains National Park.

Named by Lieutenant James Cook during his epic voyage along Australia's east coast, the Glass House Mountains are intrusive plugs formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

Remnants of the open eucalypt woodland and heath vegetation provide a home for an interesting variety of animals and plants, including 26 plant species of conservation significance.

The Glass House Mountains area was a special meeting place where many Aboriginal people gathered for ceremonies and trading. This place is considered spiritually significant with many ceremonial sites still present and protected today.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

There are no camping areas within Glass House Mountains National Park.

Nearby Beerburrum State Forest has a camping area at Coochin Creek.

There are also private camping areas on the Glass House Mountains Road—see the tourism information links for further information.

Other accommodation

A range of holiday accommodation is available in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Fig tree, Mount Beerburrum walking track. Rainforest and open forest feature on this walk. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

Fig tree, Mount Beerburrum walking track. Rainforest and open forest feature on this walk. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

Bloodwoods and other gums are common in the open forests. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

Bloodwoods and other gums are common in the open forests. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

View of Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah from the summit of Mount Ngungun. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

View of Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah from the summit of Mount Ngungun. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

Montane shrubland grows around the Mount Ngungun summit. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

Montane shrubland grows around the Mount Ngungun summit. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

Banksias and scribbly gums feature on the Mount Tibrogargan walking circuit. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

Banksias and scribbly gums feature on the Mount Tibrogargan walking circuit. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

Glass House Mountains National Park offers many opportunities for the visitor to explore and enjoy the natural surrounds:

Day-use areas

There are picnic tables and toilets at Mount Tibrogargan (beside the car park) and Mount Beerwah (a short 100m walk from the car park).

The toilets and a picnic table at Mount Tibrogargan are wheelchair accessible. Access surface is gravel and grass.

Nearby in Beerburrum State Forest picnic tables, wheelchair-accessible toilets and gas barbecues are provided at Glass House Mountains lookout and Coochin Creek day-use area.

Walking tracks

A variety of walking tracks are provided here. Some are steep and require a high level of fitness.

Additional short walks with spectacular views over Glass House Mountains National Park are provided nearby in Beerburrum State Forest.

Walking tracks are classified using these standards:

 

 

Grade 3 track: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience required. Tracks may have short steep sections, a rough surface and many steps. Caution needed on loose gravel, muddy surfaces and exposed natural lookouts. Ankle-supporting footwear recommended.

 

Grade 4 track: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts. Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.

Walking tracks at a glance:

 Mount Beerburrum walking track

Distance: 1.4km return
Time: Allow about 1hr
Details: Access is close to Beerburrum township. Travelling south on Beerburrum Road, the turnoff is about 500m on the right after the railway line overpass. Travelling north the turnoff is the first road on the left after the Beerburrum—Woodford Road junction. Look for directional signs. Travel about 1km on a gravel road to the carpark. From the car park a steep paved walking track leads you to a fire tower which offers great views. Mount Beerburrum's fire tower is used to detect and manage fires throughout the surrounding parks and forests. Mount Beerburrum is 280m above sea level.

 Mount Ngungun summit walking track

Distance: 2.8km return
Time: Allow about 2hrs
Details: Mount Ngungun is about 3km from Glass House Mountains township via Coonowrin and Fullertons Roads. The track begins in open forest with a fern understory. Part way up the mountain there is a great view of Mount Tibrogargan and the track passes a small rock overhang. The summit provides spectacular close-up views of nearby Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah.
Caution: Track passes close to cliff edges—supervise children closely. Take extra care around the summit area in wet weather—rocks become very slippery. Walk carefully to avoid dislodging rocks—they might hit walkers or climbers below you.

 Mount Tibrogargan, Tibrogargan walking circuit

Distance: 800m to the Mountain View lookout; 3.2km for the complete circuit
Time: Allow about 10mins to walk to the Mountain View lookout; allow 1hr 30mins to complete the circuit
Details: Mount Tibrogargan is located between Beerburrum and Glass House Mountains townships, off Marshs and Barrs Roads. The walk begins from the northern end of the Mount Tibrogargan car park. A short walk leads up to the Mountain View lookout with views over Mount Beerwah, Mount Coonowrin, Mount Tibberoowuccum and Mount Tunbubudla. Keep following the walking track around the base of Mount Tibrogargan through casuarina groves, open eucalypt and melaleuca forests. The track provides some great views of Mount Tibrogargan. Peregrine falcons are often seen soaring above this area.

 Mount Tibrogargan, Trachyte walking circuit

Distance: 6km return
Time: Allow about 2-3hrs
Details: From the Mount Tibrogargan car park, this circuit leads through open woodland and heathland linking Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Tibberoowuccum. Interpretive signs along the track provide details of the area's special features. The Jack Ferris lookout, on Trachyte Ridge, allows for good views of the surrounding peaks. This ridge owes its name to a type of volcanic rock which forms many of the Glass House Mountains peaks.

Summit routes—rock scrambling skills required

  • Summit routes are suitable for people with a high level of fitness, experience and skills in rock scrambling.
  • They have steep rocky sections and irregular surfaces with loose stones that require rock scrambling and climbing skills.
  • Summit routes are not walking tracks and are unsuitable for inexperienced people who cannot climb unassisted, bushwalkers and young children.

Mount Beerwah summit route—CURRENTLY CLOSED.

Mount Tibrogargan summit route—map reference 6

Distance: 3km return Time: 3–4hrs
Climb equivalent to 50 storeys of a high-rise building
Details:
the climb starts from the Mountain View lookout and continues for 300m up the western slope of the mountain. This first section of summit route has very loose and unstable rock until you reach the ‘No waiting zone’. The route then continues up a near vertical rockface to the summit—364m above sea level.

For your safety

Plan ahead:

  • Never climb in wet conditions or if it is likely to rain—wet rocks are dangerously slippery.
  • Have an experienced group leader and set a suitable group pace—keep to the pace of the least experienced rock scrambler in your group. Pushing limits can lead to injury.
  • Make sure everyone in your group has suitable sturdy, flexible soled footwear with good grip, a helmet, suitable clothing and enough water.
  • Allow enough time to return in daylight. It can take twice as long to descend than it takes to get to the top.
  • Plan for emergencies. Pack a mobile phone and first aid kit.
  • Let a reliable person know your plans, and what to do if you do not return as expected. Remember to let them know if your plans change.
  • Be aware that the likelihood of rockfalls and landslides are heightened by rainfall and intense fire activity.

On the way up:

  • Always walk with care and avoid dislodging rocks as they might hit walkers or climbers below you—serious injuries have occurred here.
  • Wear helmets and be alert for falling rocks from above.
  • Stay in pairs—never alone.
  • Don’t climb directly under others.
  • If you accidentally dislodge rocks, shout loud warnings.
  • Even small rocks can cause serious injury.
  • Do not deviate off the summit route—people who deviate become trapped in dead ends or on sheer cliffs. Turn back if conditions deteriorate.
  • Do not linger in high risk rock fall zones.
  • Take your time and enjoy the climb—take rest breaks.
  • Keep track of the time—return in daylight.
  • Look back regularly—sometimes people freeze in fright at the steepness on the way back down. If you feel uncomfortable, turn around.
  • If you decide to not continue with your group, don’t wait in the high risk zones, go back to the lookout or explore on a walking tracks around the base of the mountain.

At the top:

  • Never throw rocks—you can injure or kill people below and could trigger a larger rockfall. Remember that rock climbers are below on cliffs around the mountain.
  • Enjoy the views—they’re fantastic!

On the way down:

  • Do not deviate off the summit route—people who deviate become trapped in dead ends or on sheer cliffs.
  • Go carefully and slowly. Go home safe.

Roped sports—abseiling and rockclimbing

  • Rockclimbing and abseiling opportunities are suitable for experienced and well equipped climbers only.
  • Take care to avoid dislodging rocks as they might hit climbers below you—serious injuries have occurred here.
  • Never attempt climbs in wet weather as smooth surfaces can be slippery and dangerous. The likelihood of rockfalls and landslides are heightened by rainfall and intense fire activity. Flexible soled shoes with good grip should be worn.
  • Consider visiting with a tour guide or club, especially if you are new to this area.

Locations for roped sports:

  • Mount Ngungun (253m) roped sports
    This mountain provides opportunities for moderately challenging rock face climbing and abseiling for 20m to 40m roped sports. Equipment and expertise are essential.
  • Mount Tibrogargan (364m) roped sports
    A challenging and potentially dangerous rock face climbing site that requires a high level of expertise and equipment. There is a risk that severe injury or even death could result from accidents whilst climbing Mount Tibrogargan. If you do not have the required fitness or experience and/or are not willing to assume the risk—do not attempt to climb the mountain.
  • Mount Beerwah (556m) roped sports
    Rockclimbing and abseiling only in areas outside the currently closed Mount Beerwah summit route. This mountain provides opportunities for challenging and potentially dangerous rock face climbing. A high level of expertise and equipment is required. There is a risk that severe injury or even death could result from accidents whilst climbing Mount Beerwah. If you do not have the required fitness or experience and/or are not willing to assume the risk—do not attempt to climb the mountain.

Your safety is our concern but your responsibility.

  • Never attempt to climb or abseil any mountain unless you are confident you can complete the activity.
  • Always use appropriate equipment. Helmets are strongly recommended.
  • Allow enough time to complete your climb in daylight hours.
  • Carry enough water and food for your climb.
  • Carry a mobile phone and keep emergency phone numbers.
  • Never climb alone.
  • Be aware of those below—be careful not to dislodge rocks when climbing.
  • Watch the weather—if it looks like it will rain do not attempt the climb. Rocks will become slippery and dangerous.
  • Carry a first-aid kit.

For more information on roped sports in this region visit Australian Climbing Association (QLD).

Shared trails—horse and mountain-bike riding

Horses and mountain bikes are not permitted on walking tracks in Glass House Mountains National Park. Mountain bikes are permitted on fire management trails.

Shared trails for mountain bikes, walkers and horses are provided nearby in Glass House Mountains Regional Park in the Basin and Flats section and the Black Rock section.

The Basin and Flats section is located between Wamuran and D’Aguilar on the former Caboolture—Kilcoy Rail Line. Best access points are O’Shea Road, McDonnell Road and Raeen Road.

The Black Rock section is located north east of Woodford township. This area is named after the colour of the underlying rock and features pockets of tall open blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) forest with a wildflower understory.

Other nearby locations with shared trails include Dularcha National ParkParklands Regional Park and Eumundi Regional Park.

Read more about trails in SEQ horse riding trail network. 

Things to know before you go

The Mount Tibrogargan circuit walk is a great walk for families. It leads around the base of the peak and provides good views of the mountain. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

The Mount Tibrogargan circuit walk is a great walk for families. It leads around the base of the peak and provides good views of the mountain. Photo: Ross Naumann, NPRSR volunteer.

Essentials to bring

  • Adequate drinking water
  • First-aid kit and insect repellent
  • Mobile phone
  • For bushwalking: suitable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.

Opening hours

For your safety, it is recommended you visit Glass House Mountains National Park in daylight hours only.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Glass House Mountains National Park.

Climate and weather

The Glass House Mountains area has a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 18°C to 28°C in summer and 11°C to 20°C in winter. For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Beerwah and other towns in the region. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

The Mount Beerwah summit route is currently closed due to unstable boulders and rubble along and above the trail. Photo: NPRSR.

The Mount Beerwah summit route is currently closed due to unstable boulders and rubble along and above the trail. Photo: NPRSR.

  • Choose activities that suit the skills, experience and fitness of your group.
  • Avoid exploring the park during wet weather. Tracks and rock surfaces can be slippery, especially after rain.
  • Stay away from cliff edges.
  • Be aware of those walking and climbing below—be careful not to dislodge rocks.
  • Never walk alone—if something happens to you someone in your group can go for help.
  • Walk to your ability and fitness levels.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Carry sufficient drinking water, mobile phone and insect repellent.
  • Carry a first aid-kit and know how to use it.
  • Wear suitable shoes.
  • Plan to complete your activity before dark.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days.
  • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them.
  • Observe and comply with all regulatory signs.

Read safety information specifically for summit routes—rock scrambling skills required and roped sports—abseiling and rockclimbing.

For more general safety information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

For generations, the Glass House Mountains have held great spiritual significance for Aboriginal people. Their creation stories and beliefs are reflected in the strong links that continue today. Because these mountains have high spiritual significance for local indigenous people, visitors are asked to be considerate and use only the walking tracks and lookouts provided.

You can help protect these special places and ensure the survival of the plants and animals living here, by following these guidelines:

  • Everything within the national park is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Stay on the track. Do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Take your rubbish away with you for appropriate disposal. Rubbish bins are not provided in the park.
  • Obey signs and safety notices.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (NPRSR) manages the park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Read more about Glass House Mountains Management Plan.

Exotic pine plantations in the surrounding area are managed by HQPlantations Pty Ltd.

Tourism information links

For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in this region, contact Sunshine Coast Destinations Ltd:

Sunshine Coast Destinations Ltd manages nine accredited Visitor Information Centres across the Sunshine Coast that provide a range of local and regional tourist brochures and information, as well as a tour, attraction and accommodation booking service.

The Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre is a great place to visit first for an orientation to the area.

  • Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre, Settler's Rotary Park, Reed Street, Glass House Mountains (open daily 9am to 5pm).
  • 7 Caloundra Road, Caloundra
  • 77 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
  • Jessica Park, Nicklin Way, Minyama
  • 198 Main Road, Montville
  • Cnr Melrose Parade and Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree (Maroochydore)
  • Cnr First Ave and Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba
  • Tickle Park, David Low Way, Coolum Beach
  • Arrivals Terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport, Marcoola

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see www.queenslandholidays.com.au

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Last updated
20 November 2014