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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: Queensland Government.

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

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. It is located at Settler's Rotary Park on Bruce Parade, corner of Reed Street, Glass House Mountains.

Within the national park, there are separate entrance points to each of the recreation nodes around the mountain peaks—Beerburrum trailhead (Glass House Mountains and surrounds map ref 3), Mount Beerwah (map ref 4), Mount Ngungun (map ref 5), Tibrogargan trailhead (map ref 6).

Refer to the Glass House Mountains and surrounds map (PDF, 274K) for access routes to each recreation node.

The Glass House Mountains lookout is close by, in Beerburrum State Forest.

Wheelchair accessibility

The toilets and a number of picnic tables at the Tibrogargan trailhead are wheelchair accessible—the access surface is gravel and grass. There are no wheelchair accessible walking tracks in the Glass House Mountains National Park.

Park features

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

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

Looking towards the heath covered bluff feature on the Yul-yan-man track. Photo: Kate McGuinness, Queensland Government.

Looking towards the heath covered bluff feature on the Yul-yan-man track. Photo: Kate McGuinness, Queensland Government.

Craggy 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 20 plant species of conservation significance. Discover more about the park’s plants by purchasing a copy of the 'Ranger field guide: Native plants of Glass House Mountains National Park'.

The Glass House Mountains area was a special meeting place where many Aboriginal people gathered for ceremonies and trading. It 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, QPWS volunteer.

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

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

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

Montane heath grows around the Mount Ngungun summit. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Montane heath grows around the Mount Ngungun summit. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Expect challenging and rocky uphill sections on the Yul-yan-man track. Photo: Kate McGuinness, Queensland Government.

Expect challenging and rocky uphill sections on the Yul-yan-man track. Photo: Kate McGuinness, Queensland Government.

Mountain bike riders on the Soldier Settlers' section of the shared trail between Beerburrum trailhead and Tibrogargan trailhead. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Mountain bike riders on the Soldier Settlers' section of the shared trail between Beerburrum trailhead and Tibrogargan trailhead. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

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 Tibrogargan trailhead (beside the car park) and Mount Beerwah (a short 100m walk from the car park).

Wheelchair accessible toilets and some picnic tables are provided at Tibrogargan trailhead. The access surface is gravel and grass.

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

Walks

A variety of walking tracks are provided from several locations in Glass House Mountains National Park. Some are steep and require a moderate level of fitness.

Learn more about the plants you will see on your walks—obtain a copy of the 'Ranger field guide: Native plants of Glass House Mountains National Park'.

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 walking trackGrade 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.

Grade 4 walking track Grade 4 track: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep.

Grade 5 walking trackGrade 5 track: Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked.

Walking tracks:

Grade 3 walking trackMount Beerburrum summit walk (Grade 3)

Access: From Beerburrum trailhead, adjacent to the Beerburrum State School car park.
Alternatively, access it from the Yul-yan-man trailhead for a shorter walk: Travel south on Beerburrum Road and take the turnoff 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 car park.
Caution: 750m of steep, concrete track that can be slippery. Wear ankle-supporting shoes with good grip. Reasonable fitness required—pace yourself.
Distance: 3.5km return
Time: Allow 1hr
Details: The track from Beerburrum trailhead winds through wet eucalypt forest, up into drier open forest. Near the Yul-yan-man trailhead the track becomes a very steep, paved pathway, leading to a fire tower that offers good 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.

Grade 5 walking trackYul-yan-man track (Grade 5)

Access: Choose from three access points—Mount Beerburrum trailhead; Tibrogargan trailhead; or Yul-yan-man trailhead. See Glass House Mountains walking tracks and shared trail information and maps (PDF, 485K) page 2 map.
Caution: Do not begin this hike when: rain is predicted; you can see a fire; or the weather is extremely hot.
From Beerburrum trailhead:
Distance: 9km return
Time: Allow 3–4hr
Also recommended as a one-way 6.7km walk to Tibrogargan trailhead—organise transport back to your car. Or return via Soldier Settlers' trail (8.8km).
From Tibrogargan trailhead:
Distance: 11.4km return
Time: Allow 4–5hr
Also recommended as a one-way 6.7km walk to Beerburrum trailhead—organise transport back to your car.
From Yul-yan-man trailhead:
Distance: 7km return
Time: Allow 2–3hr
Details: Yul-yan-man, from the Kabi Kabi language, means ‘walk slowly’. Take your time to enjoy the spectacular country that has breathtaking views, rock scrambling challenges and diverse plant communities. Marvel at the feeling of remoteness as you trek along the Trachyte Ridge, taking in 360 degree views without a sign of civilisation. Observe the change in plant communities as you ascend and descend through the forest. Practise your rock scrambling skills on the exposed rock faces and car-sized boulders balanced on the side of Mount Beerburrum.

Grade 3 walking trackMount Beerwah view (Grade 3)

Access: This walk begins at the Mount Beerwah car park. The car park is 9.8km from Glass House Mountains township via Coonowrin Road and Mount Beerwah Road.
Distance: 200m return
Time: Allow 15min
Details: A short stroll in a eucalypt forest that takes you to an open grassed area with views of Mount Beerwah and its remarkable geological formations.

Grade 4 walking trackMount Ngungun summit walk (Grade 4)

Access: Mount Ngungun is about 3km from Glass House Mountains township via Coonowrin Road and Fullertons Road.
Caution: Track passes close to sheer cliff edges—stay on track and supervise children closely. In wet conditions rocks become very slippery.
Distance: 2.8km return
Time: Allow 2hr
Details: The track begins in open forest with a fern understorey. 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. Please stay on track for your safety and to avoid trampling the unique plant communities growing here.

Grade 3 walking trackTibrogargan trailhead, Tibrogargan circuit (Grade 3)

Access: The walk begins from the Tibrogargan trailhead located between Beerburrum and Glass House Mountains townships, via Marshs Road and Barrs Road.
Distance: 4.1km return (1km to the Mountain View lookout)
Time: Allow 1hr 30min (20min to walk to the Mountain View lookout)
Details: 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. A great walk for families.

Grade 3 walking trackTibrogargan trailhead, Trachyte walking circuit (Grade 3)

Access: The walk begins from the Tibrogargan trailhead located between Beerburrum and Glass House Mountains townships, via Marshs Road and Barrs Road.
Distance: 5.7km return
Time: Allow 2–3hr
Details: This circuit leads through open woodland and heathland linking Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Tibberoowuccum. 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.

Shared trails

One shared trail for mountain bike touring, walking and running is provided in Glass House Mountains National Park.

More shared trail opportunities for mountain-bikers, runners, and walkers, as well as horses, are provided nearby in Glass House Mountains Conservation Park in the Basin section and Flats logging area. Other nearby locations with shared trails include Dularcha National Park, Parklands Regional Park and Eumundi Regional Park.

Note: Horses and mountain bikes are not permitted on walking tracks in Glass House Mountains National Park.

Beerburrum trailhead to Tibrogargan trailhead (including Soldier Settlers' trail)

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate mountain bike trail: moderate gradient, obstacles and some steep sections. For skilled mountain-bike riders.

Grade 3 walking track 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.

Access: from either the Beerburrum trailhead or the Tibrogargan trailhead.
Distance: 5.4km (recommended as a one-way walk)
Time: Allow 2–3hr
Details: Enjoy mountain-bike touring, trail running and bushwalking on this trail that passes through a variety of woodlands—scribbly gum Eucalyptus racemosa; blackbutt Eucalyptus pilularis; and paperbark Melaleuca quinquenervia with a heath understorey. There are some alternative walking track sections just for walkers and trail runners. The Soldier Settlers' trail section is named for the returned soldiers who began settling the area near Beerburrum in 1916. Pause at the Beerburrum Cemetery and reflect on the area’s history.

Glass House Mountains Conservation Park

Access: is just off the D’Aguilar Highway between Wamuran and D’Aguilar townships. There are several entrance points:

  • McConnell Road entrance—best access for the running trails. Travel for 4km along Raaen Road (off the D’Aguilar Highway) and turn right into McConnell Road. There is a car park located near the entrance.
  • O’Shea Road entrance—best access for horse floats. Travel along Newlands Road from Wamuran, and turn left onto O’Shea Road. There is ample parking for horse floats.
Bracalba running trails

Three running trails are purpose built circuits for runners. Horseriders, mountain-bike riders and walkers can use these trails, unless otherwise signed, but they need to look out for runners approaching quickly from either direction.
Access: From McConnell Road entrance. Walk and jog along the access route to the Mango Tree trailhead (1.2km)—the starting point for three running trails.
Distance: from the Mango Tree trailhead to the McConnell Road car park:
Running trail 1—4km one-way
Running trail 2—7.5km one-way
Running trail 3—11km one-way

Shared trail for runners, walkers, horseriders and mountain-bike riders

This trail follows parts of the old railway route.
Access: From the O’Shea Road entrance.
Distance: 7km one-way

Read more about trails in SEQ horse riding trail network.

Summit routes—rock scrambling skills required

Critical skills and risk information:

  • People accessing the summit routes must be well-prepared climbers with a high level of fitness and rock-scrambling experience.
  • The summit routes have exposed, steep rocky sections and irregular surfaces with loose stones that require rock scrambling and climbing skills.
  • Serious injuries and deaths have occurred on summit routes.
  • Rock falls may occur at any time. If you access the summit routes you need to be aware of the risks. Your safety is your responsibility.
  • Summit routes are not walking tracks and are unsuitable for young children and inexperienced people who cannot climb unassisted.
  • If you feel unsure about your ability to climb or keep up with the rest of your group, then don’t attempt it.

Hazard - rockfall Hazard - steep slope Hazard - slippery rocks Know the hazards!

  • Falling rocks and loose rock debris—can fall anytime and in huge amounts.
  • Steep, exposed rock faces and slabs.
  • Very slippery rocks in wet conditions.
  • Strong winds.
  • Poor visibility in mist or fading daylight.
  • Heat exposure—can cause heat exhaustion and dehydration.
  • Sheer cliff edges—people can become trapped on cliff edges when they deviate from the route.
  • Inexperience, poor preparation and inappropriate gear—can result in slips and falls.
  • Rescues are risky, even for the rescue team.

Mount Beerwah summit route

Allow: 3–4hr. Allow enough time to complete your climb in daylight. Start early in the day to avoid the heat.

Mount Beerwah is the highest of the Glass House Mountain peaks at 556m above sea level. This is a steep climb, requiring high fitness levels and rock scrambling skills.

Mount Tibrogargan summit route

Allow: 3–4hr. Allow enough time to complete your climb in daylight. Start early in the day to avoid the heat.

This is a steep climb, requiring high fitness levels and rock scrambling skills. Follow the Tibrogargan circuit 1km to the beginning of this route, on the right just past the Mountain View lookout. The 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.
  • Do not plan to descend in the dark. You could become disorientated and end up off the route, stranded on a sheer cliff face.
  • 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.
  • Even small rocks can cause serious injury.
  • If you accidentally dislodge rocks, shout loud warnings.
  • Wear helmets and be alert for falling rocks from above.
  • Stay in pairs—never climb alone.
  • Don’t climb directly under others.
  • Turn back if conditions deteriorate.
  • Do not linger in high risk rockfall 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 and do not remain in the ‘No waiting zone’. Return to the day-use area and explore other walking tracks.

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 mountains.
  • 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—even small rocks can cause serious injury.
  • 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)
    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)
    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)
    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).

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: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

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: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

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 30°C in summer and 11°C to 20°C in winter. During summer you may encounter temperatures in excess of 35°C. Plan your visit to avoid the midday heat—begin your activity early in the day. Always check the current weather forecast before you visit.

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

Plan to walk in the cooler parts of the day. Enjoy resting along the way in shady places with scenic views. Photo: Kate McGuinness, Queensland Government.

Plan to walk in the cooler parts of the day. Enjoy resting along the way in shady places with scenic views. Photo: Kate McGuinness, Queensland Government.

  • Choose activities that suit the skills, experience and fitness of your group. Pace yourself to suit your ability and fitness levels.
  • Avoid exploring the park during wet weather. Tracks and rock surfaces can be slippery, especially after rain.
  • Do not venture into the forest if you can see a fire; or the weather is extremely hot.
  • Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days.
  • Plan to complete your activity before dark.
  • 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.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Carry sufficient drinking water, a mobile phone and insect repellent.
  • Carry a first aid-kit and know how to use it.
  • Wear suitable shoes.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy 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

View from Mount Beerwah summit walk. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

View from Mount Beerwah summit walk. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

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 Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages the park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Read more about Glass House Mountains Management Plan (PDF, 84K).

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

Tourism information links

Visit Sunshine Coast:

The Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre is a great place to visit first for an orientation to the area. It is located at Settler's Rotary Park, Bruce Parade, corner of Reed Street, Glass House Mountains.

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
26 September 2019