Mount Tibrogargan, named by Captain Cook during his epic voyage along Australia's east coast, is one of the many volcanic plugs left by volcanic activity millions of years ago. Around the Mountain is a variety of wildlife including rare and threatened plants.
There is a well graded track to three lookouts overlooking Mts Tunbubulla (The Twins), Tibberoowuccum, Coonowrin and Beerwah.
Past the third lookout, the track is very steep and exposed. It is mostly a rock climb....
should only be attempted by fit, experienced walkers.
The track goes up the western face of the mountain. Allow at least one day for the track to dry after rain.
* Take plenty of drinking water and wear a hat and sunscreen.
* Wear sturdy shoes and be careful walking on the loose scree.
* Be aware that walkers above you might dislodge rocks.
* Never attempt this walk during or after wet weather.
* Start the walk early morning and walk in the cooler months.
* Starting point is from the car park .
Mt Tibrogargan is 364 metres high, so the climb is the equivalent of going up the Eiffel Tower.
This area has special significance for the Gubbi Gubbi Aboriginal people.
Mount Tibrogargan, has claimed lives so do be very careful.
For more information on climbing Mt. Tibrogargan, see the website below.....
This was originally known as the Glasshouse Mountains tourist drive.
Take the Landsborough exit near the Caloundra turnoff on the Bruce Highway to reach the scenic drive and then head back south or vice - versa.
Continuing south, you will come across the popular 'AUSTRALIA ZOO' located on the left hand side. Beerwah is a thriving small country town and home to Australia Zoo.
Call into the new Visitor Information Centre at the town of Glass House Mountains on the Steve Irwin Way to pick up a local map and directions.
Further on, on the right hand side, is a pull-off with excellent views of Mount Tibrogargan.
Continue on to Beerburrum and follow the Forestry Lookout 589 signs for BBQs and more views of the Glass House Mountains, ranges, Brisbane, coastal beaches and Moreton Island sand dunes.
Head back via Old Gympie Road and Coonowrin Road to Glass House... or... Old Gympie Road and turn into Mt. Beerwah Road to drive to Mt. Beerwah National Park. The Glass House Mountains, are 16 ancient volcanic crags that emerge from the plains. Mt Beerwah is the name given to one of the eroded volcanic plugs.
There are several walking tracks and some lookouts in the Glass House Mountains that offer breathtaking views of the region, so be sure to take some time to explore this area.
Take the Peachester Road for a pretty drive through Peachester and home via the Peachester-Bald Knob Road to Landsborough.
More wonderful views from this road, a lovely area!
Mt Tunbubudla, also known as the Twins (west twin 294m, east twin 338m), is composed of something called "alkali rhyolite." Most of the mountain is covered in dry sclerophyll forest with some areas of exposed rock. The rare Bronze-barked Tea Tree, is found here in the Glasshouse Mountains. You will see the "Twins" from many different sides on your drive through the mountains, and understand why they are named "The Twins."
This mountain is also known as [crooked neck], take a look at the photo. Follow the brown signs to the lookout of the high, funny shaped mountain. The road is narrow, one laned bitumen. Views once again are fabulous, and it is worth doing this short detour. I did not do the walk, as I managed to get some very nice photo’s on the way there.
Remember, if you meet a car on one laned bitumen, each of you must get one wheel of your car off the edge of the road so that you can pass each other.
NO ROAD HOGS ALLOWED!
This turnoff is only a few hundred metres from the Mt. Beerburrum turn-off. The road is sealed all the way to the lookout. We passed by a couple of Cafes with great views of the Glass house mountains. There were some roadside stalls that were selling fruit & vegetables, and roasted macadamia nuts.
The lookout was extremely busy. The car park was full, so we ended up parking on the road side. Since my last visit, it has improved immensely. There are ladies & gents Toilets, electric bbq, shelter, and plenty of seating & tables in a lawned area.
From the lookout, there are more excellent views of the mountains, this time in a different direction.
One thing most people missed, was a large Kangaroo feeding on the young grass below the Toilets, so if you come, just keep you eyes open for wildlife!
We headed to Mt.Beerwah next, another of the Glass house Mountains. The road was dirt, and in very bad condition, had plenty of big potholes! There were some very good views of Mt. Coonowrin, worth a photo stop.
If you haven’t seen Custard trees growing, well, you will see orchards of them on this road, and also Macadamian nuts.
Mt. Beerwah, has a walking track to the summit, it did say very steep. Unfortunately, it was closed because of a rockside caused by the recent big rains in the area. Two shorter tracks around the base were open.
I did one which was easy walking, a good view of the mountain in a couple of places and not much else, a little disappointing. I didn’t see any of the red-backed wrens that I had hoped to see in this area.
There is Toilets, and picnic tables & chairs located in a lawned area, and a off road car park.
Wow! What a view you have when you reach the top of Mt. Beerburrum!
Follow the directions on the brown signpost, heading up a dirt road, to the car-park. This is where I started the hike up the mountain path. The path is wide, and concreted the whole way to the top. I saw lots of different pretty butterflies fluttering around, and also plenty of mosquitoes, so put on the repellant.
This trek IS NOT FOR THE UNFIT, it is EXTREMELY STEEP, hardly zig –zags up the mountain, tending to go straight up for most of the way.
There is one rock seat about half-way, but other rocks can be used as rest points. At the start, you head through a small section of rainforest, then it is open forest. Glimpes through the trees give you an idea of what you will see on reaching the top. At the summit is a Fire tower which I climbed to the 1st level, the higher levels are closed to the public.
The views are incredible, seeing as far as the main Brisbane CBD. The Glasshouse mountains are all clearly viewed from here, what a sight, especially on a lovely clear morning like when I was here.
The hike is only 700metres, but as said, make sure you are fit, do not have a Heart problem, remember to take your Asthma spray before attempting it, take water with you, wear proper shoes, and be extremely careful, especially when wet. Coming down, it is so steep, that my knees hurt, and I was nearly running, so I came down much of the way side on, for me, this was much easier!
There are no facilities here.
This is a MUST DO IF YOU CAN!
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