Mt Ngungun, Photo by: Visit Sunshine Coast
Mt Ngungun: 2.8km return
The Glasshouse Mountains – with their craggy peaks, well-defined trails and jaw-dropping lookouts – deserve their place as a landscape of national significance.
The 13 volcanic peaks were named by Captain James Cook in 1770 after the glass furnaces in his home county of Yorkshire, England. But the area was first explored by a European in 1799, when Captain Matthew Flinders called into the region during his circumnavigation of the continent.
While the highest peak is Mount Beerwah at 556m above sea level, Mount Tibrogargan at 364m is perhaps most identifiable, closest to the Bruce Highway that connects the Sunshine Coast with Brisbane. The most popular summit walk is up Mt Ngungun, where the rewards are spectacular 360-degrees views taking in nearby Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Tibberoowuccum, Mt Coonowrin and Mt Beerwah. This well-defined track has some steep sections. The Glasshouse Mountains is ideal for hiking on the Sunshine Coast. But for more leisurely walks with that majestic mountain backdrop, head to:
• Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mountain View Rd, Maleny
• Wild Horse Mountain Lookout in Beerburrum State Forest, east of the Bruce Highway, above the service station.
• Glasshouse Mountains Lookout on Glasshouse-Woodford Rd, Beerburrum
• Bulcock Beach Esplanade.
Walking with purpose