- Getting there and getting around
- Park features
- Camping and accommodation
- Things to do
- Things to know before you go
- Staying safe
- Looking after the park
- Park management
- Tourism information links
- Further information
A view of some of the Glass House Mountains, from the firetower platform on Wild Horse Mountain (123 m) 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 Visitor and Interpretive Centre is located in the Glass House Mountains township (open daily 9.00 am to 5.00 pm) is a great place to visit first for an orientation to the area.
The toilets at the base of Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Beerwah are wheelchair accessible.
At 556 m above sea level, Mount Beerwah is the highest peak of the Glass House Mountains. Photo: NPRSR.
Near the township of Glass house Mountains, the Glass House Mountains lookout in Beerburrum State Forest is a great location to look out over the Glass House Mountains National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, 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, while the pine plantations and a range of native vegetation types are managed in several State forests and conservation parks near the park.
Named by James Cook during his epic voyage along Australia's east coast, the Glass Houses are rhyolite plugs formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. Remnants of the open eucalypt woodland and heath vegetation, which once covered the coastal plains, 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.
Glass House Mountains Conservation Park
The Glass House Mountains Conservation Park was previously part of Beerburrum Forest Reserve and includes two sections—The Basin and Black Rock sections.
The Basin section is located between Wamuran and D’Aguilar on the former Caboolture—Kilcoy Rail Line. This area allows horseriding, mountain-bike riding and walking. Best access points are O’Shea 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.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of the Glass House Mountains area.
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 below for further information.
A range of holiday accommodation is available in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. For more information see the tourism information links.
Tracks at the Glass House Mountains range from paved to near-vertical. Photo courtesy of Ross Naumann.
Access to the Mount Beerwah summit is currently closed due to unstable boulders and rubble along and above the trail.
Access to the Mount Beerwah summit is currently closed due to unstable boulders and rubble along and above the trail.
Glass House Mountains National Park offers many opportunities for the visitor to explore and enjoy the natural surrounds:
- Picnic and day-use areas
- Walking tracks
- Roped sports (abseiling and rockclimbing)
- SEQ horse riding trail network
Glass House Mountains
There are picnic tables and toilets beside the walking track entrances at the bases of Mount Beerwah and Mount Tibrogargan. Nearby in Beerburrum State Forest four gas barbecues are provided at Glass House Mountains lookout.
A variety of walking tracks are provided here, some are steep and require a high level of fitness. Always walk with care and avoid dislodging rocks as they might hit walkers or climbers below you—serious injuries have occurred here.
Additional short walks with spectacular views over Glass House Mountains National Park are provided nearby in Beerburrum State Forest.
Key to track standards
The classification system is based on Australian Standards.
Class 2 track:
- easy level track, suitable for all fitness levels
Class 3 track:
- gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or some steps. Track may be uneven and partially overgrown
- caution needed on loose gravel, muddy surfaces and exposed natural lookouts
- reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.
Class 4 track:
- distinct track usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps
- caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts
- moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required
Note—mountain bikes are not permitted on walking tracks in Glass House Mountains National Park. Multi-use trails are provided in other locations.
|Walking track||Class||Distance (return)||Time||Platform lookout|
|(3) Mount Beerburrum track||4||1.4 km||1 hr||yes|
|(4) Mount Beerwah—western boundary walk||2||1.4 km||45 mins||no|
|(4) Mount Beerwah—summit climb CURRENTLY CLOSED||–||2.6 km||3–4 hrs||no|
|(5) Mount Ngungun||4||2.2 km||2 hr||no|
|(6) Mount Tibrogargan—mountain view lookout||800 m||45 mins||yes|
|(6) Mount Tibrogargan summit climb||–||3 km||3 km||no|
|(6) Mount Tibrogargan circuit||3||3.2 km||1.5 hrs||no|
|(6) Mount Tibrogargan—trachyte circuit||4||6 km||2–3 hrs||yes|
Distance: 1.4 km return
Time: Allow about 1 hr
Details: The car park is just outside Beerburrum township, in Mount Beerburrum section of Glass House Mountains NP. This steep, paved 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 280 m above sea level.
(4) Mount Beerwah
Mount Beerwah is about 9 km from Glass House Mountains township via Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah Roads.
Western boundary walk (Class 2)
Distance: 1.4 km return
Time: Allow about 45 mins
Details: This easy walk leads from the picnic area to the western park boundary gate through open eucalypt forest. It returns along the same track.
(5) Mount Ngungun (Class 4)
Distance: 2.2 km return
Time: Allow about 2 hrs
Details: Mount Ngungun is about 3 km from Glass House Mountains township via Coonowrin and Fullertons Roads. This summit provides spectacular views of all four major mountain peaks. The track starts at the car park and is relatively short but steep in places and may be unstable in some sections. Family groups should be careful, as the track passes close to the cliff line. Adults should supervise children at all times. This track can become very slippery when wet.
(6) Mount Tibrogargan
Mount Tibrogargan is between Beerburrum and Glass House Mountains townships, off Marshs and Barrs roads.
Tibrogargan circuit (Class 3)
Distance: 800 m to the Mountain View lookout and 3.3 km return
Time: Allow about 45 mins to get to the Mountain View lookout or 1.5 hrs to complete circuit.
Details: Beginning from the northern end of the Mount Tibrogargan car park, this track 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 allows for great views of Mount Tibrogargan. Keep an eye out for circling peregrine falcons.
Distance: 6 km return
Time: Allow about 2-3 hrs
Details: 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.
Routes that lead to the summits are suitable for experienced and well equipped climbers only. They have steep rocky sections and irregular surfaces with loose stones that require rock scrambling and rockclimbing skills. Take care to avoid dislodging rocks as they might hit walkers or climbers below you—serious injuries have occurred here.
Never attempt these 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.
Anchor points at rockclimbing sites throughout the Glass House Mountains have not been approved for use by the Department of National Parks, Sports, Recreation and Racing.
Mount Ngungun (253 m)
This mountain provides opportunities for moderately challenging rock face climbing and abseiling for 20 m to 40 m roped sports. Equipment and expertise are essential.
Mount Tibrogargan (364 m)
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 Tibrogargan. If you do not have therequired fitness or experience and/or are not willing to assume the risk—do not attempt to climb the mountain.
Main summit route: 3 km return. Allow about 3-4 hours.
Mount Beerwah (556 m)—closed
|DANGER: For safety reasons, the Mount Beerwah summit trail, including access to the cliff face, is closed to all visitors until further notice.|
During January 2011, large amounts of rubble and large (up to 10 tonne) boulders fell, or were shifted, by heavy rain. Fallen rock material along and above the summit trail is extremely unstable and any access is considered unsafe.
QPWS regularly reviews the situation but re-opening to climbing in the foreseeable future is unlikely.
Please observe all signage—penalties apply.
Your safety is our concern but your responsibility.
- Never attempt to climb or abseil any mountain that you are not confident you can complete.
- Always use appropriate equipment. Helmets are strongly recommended.
- Allow enough time to 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.
The Mount Tibrogargan circuit walk leads around the base of the peak and allows for great views of the Glass House Mountains. Photo courtesy of Ross Naumann.
Essentials to bring
- Bring adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone.
- For walking, wear suitable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.
For your safety, walk in Glass House Mountains National Park in daylight hours only.
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.
- Avoid walking during wet weather. Tracks 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 enough 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 walk 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.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
The Glass House Mountains have always held great significance for Aboriginal people. Photo courtesy of Ross Naumann.
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 remain today. Because these mountains have high spiritual significance to the local indigenous people, visitors are asked to be considerate and use only the walking tracks and lookouts provided. By following the signs and safety notices within and around this area you can help protect these special places.
You can help protect the natural environment and help ensure the survival of native plants and animals living here, by following these guidelines.
- Everything within national parks and forests 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 rubbish home with you as no bins are provided. Film canisters are great for disposing of cigarette butts.
- Obey signs and safety notices.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (NPRSR) manages these parks and forests under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and Forestry Act 1959.
HQPlantations Pty Ltd. manage the exotic pine plantations within Beerburrum State Forest. Phone (07) 5438 6666.
For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in this region, contact:
Sunshine Coast Destinations Ltd
Has nine accredited Visitor Information Centres across the Sunshine Coast providing a range of local and regional tourist brochures and information, as well as a tour, attraction and accommodation booking service.
- 7 Caloundra Road, Caloundra
- 77 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
- Jessica Park, Nicklin Way, Minyama
- Settler's Rotary Park, Reed Street, Glass House Mountains
- 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
- ph 1800 644 969 (within Australia)
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see www.queenslandholidays.com.au
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