Glass House Mountains National Park
The Glass House Mountains, a group of 13 volcanic peaks, are a prominent feature of the Sunshine Coast landscape. Gradual weathering by wind and water has produced these spectacular remains of volcanic activity which occurred more than 20 million years ago.
Glass House Mountains National Park protects seven of the thirteen distinctive mountains - Beerwah, Tibrogargan, Ngungun, Coonowrin (Crookneck), Miketeebumulgrai, Elimbah (Saddleback) and Coochin Hills - along with Blue Gum Creek Section. Within the park, rare plants, vegetation, and their dependent animals are conserved.
Remnants of a complex pattern of native vegetation are preserved in the park. Open eucalypt forest surrounds the mountains, while rare and threatened heath species occur on the summits. Each vegetation type provides habitat for native animals. Koalas, peregrine falcons, parrots, honeyeaters, lizards, echidnas and wallabies are among species found in the area.
Natural vegetation linking the national park's separate sections is vital for the survival of these and other native animals. Nearby landholders can help conserve native fauna by retaining or replanting native vegetation.
Camping is not permitted inside the national park because of the park's small size and the potential for damage to delicate vegetation. Those wanting to camp near the park should instead consider the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) camping ground on the banks of Coochin Creek, 9km east of Beerwah township. Contact the DNR, Beerwah Office on (07) 5494 0150. Inexpensive accommodation is also available in caravan parks located along Glass House Mountains Road.
Bushwalking and Climbing
Blue Gum Creek, Mt Elimbah, Mt Miketeebumulgrai and Coochin Hills are reserved primarily for conservation of their natural and cultural features. There are no facilities located on these parks.
Mt Ngungun summit is the most accessible of the peaks in Glass House Mountains National Park. The 700m long trail, while rough and steep, can be undertaken by most people who have a reasonable degree of fitness. Inexperienced climbers and family groups should be careful, as the upper sections of the trail pass close to the cliffline. Children should be guided by adults past these narrow sections. Allow 1-2 hours to complete a return walk. There are excellent views of the Glass House Mountains and surrounding ranges from this vantage point.
At Mt Tibrogargan and Mt Beerwah, lookout points offering views of the surrounding mountains are located near the base of the cliff lines and can be accessed by 350m long walking trails. The summits can be accessed by rough trails continuing past these lookout points. Summit access can take 2-3 hours return and is recommended only for those who are physically fit and have bushwalking and climbing experience.
Mt Coonowrin is closed to public access due to the danger of rockfalls. Excellent roadside views of Mt Coonowrin are possible along Beerwah Road.
Near by state forest parks and council reserves such as Mt Beerburrum, Wild Horse Mountain, Glass House Mountains Lookout, Jowarra State Forest and Mary Cairncross Park provide formed walking tracks for those who are not experienced bushwalkers or climbers.
>> Caution is required when climbing or approaching these peaks. To prevent serious injury to yourself and others, please follow these guidelines.
>> Do not climb during or immediately after rain. Wet rocks become slippery and make climbing extremely dangerous.
>> Take care not to dislodge rocks onto fellow climbers.
>> Be aware that rockfalls can occur through natural processes.
>> Do not rely on tree roots or loose rocks for support; they may dislodge.
>> Allow plenty of time to finish your climb in daylight.
>> Only attempt climbs suited to your climbing experience and have good knowledge of the climbing route.
>> Observe and comply with all safety-related signs on the park.
>> Do not climb or walk in restricted area or areas identified as dangerous for climbing.
>> Advise a family member or friend of your intended destination and estimated return time.
>> Ensure children are accompanied by an adult.
>> Carry water on your climb
>> Do not leave valuables in vehicles unattended.
Caring for the Park
>> The natural environment, living and non-living, is protected in national parks. When visiting, a simple rule applies - 'take nothing but photographs - leave nothing but footprints'. Please follow these simple guidelines.
>> Do not take or interfere with plants or animals.
>> Stay on designated walking tracks.
>> Leave dogs, cats and other domestic animals at home - they must not be taken into national parks.
>> Take your rubbish when your leave. Anything you can carry in full, you can take out empty.
>> Light fires only in designated fireplaces. Collecting firewood is not allowed in national parks. Bring your own firewood, or preferably use a gas or liquid fuel stove.
Following these guidelines will help protect the natural environment for the future enjoyment of others, and help ensure the survival of native plants and animals living there.
For Further Information contact:
61 Bunya Street MALENY QLD 4552
Sunshine Coast District Office
PO Box 168 COTTON TREE QLD 4558 (07) 5443 8944