Been considering hiking Mount Ngungun? Here’s everything you need to know before setting out on this beautiful climb. Firstly, Mount Ngungun, located in the Glass House Mountains National Park is a 2.8km track. It’s classed as a grade 4 return hike and takes anywhere between 1-2 hours to complete depending on fitness levels.
In theory the hike isn’t that hard compared to some of the others I’ve done around the world. However, because I was pretty unfit at the time of the climb I found it quite difficult. Although, it did only take us half an hour to reach the top so it’s not extremely strenuous. And as usual, the views are definitely worth it.
History of the Glass House Mountains
Captain James Cook was the first European to see the mountains. Matthew Flinders was the next European to visit the area in 1799. During his explorations he came ashore and climbed Mount Beerburrum from which he surveyed the whole of Moreton Bay.
There’s 10 mountains in total that make up the Glass House Mountains National Park. According to Aboriginal dreamtime stories Tibrogargan (364m high) which you can see while hiking Mount Ngungun, is the father. Beerwah (555m – highest peak) is the mother.
And they had a number of children. Coonowrin (377m high – narrowest and most dramatic of all the volcanic plugs) was the eldest, Tunbubudla were the twins (293m and 312m), Coochin (235m), Ngungun (253m), Tibberoowuccum (220m), Miketeebumulgrai (199m) and Elimbah (129m).
The legend tells of Tibrogargan noticing that the sea was rising and calling out to Coonowrin to help his pregnant mother gather the young children together so that the family could flee from the rising sea. Coonowrin ran away in fear. And Tibrogargan, incensed by his son’s cowardice, followed and hit him so hard with a club that his neck was dislocated. When the seas retreated the family returned to the plains.
Conowrin, teased about his crooked neck and ashamed of his behaviour, went to Tibrogargan and asked for forgiveness but the father just wept with shame. Conowrin then approached his brothers and sisters to ask forgiveness but they too could only weep with shame. Thus explaining the area’s many small streams. Tibrogargan then called Conowrin and asked why he had failed to help Beerwah.
He explained that he felt she was big enough to look after herself. Though he did not know she was pregnant. Tibrogargan then turned his back on his son and still gazes out to sea today, refusing to look at his son who forever hangs his crooked neck and cries. Beerwah, the mother, is still pregnant, as it takes time to give birth to a mountain.
I find the Dreamtime stories so fascinating. **info taken from Sunshine Coast Australia site.
You can also read more about the Glass House Mountains here.
Hiking Mount Ngungun
The track begins in open forest with a fern understory. Part way up the mountain there is a great view of Mount Tibrogargan and the track passes a small rock overhang. At this point there’s also a pretty cool cave to check out as well.
The great thing about this climb is the amount of trees. You’re pretty shaded for the entire climb. Which makes it a lot more bearable (unlike Coolum which I recently wrote about).
The top of Mount Ngungun it’s 253 metres above sea level. And as you can imagine, walkers are rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. There’s also lots of lovely butterflies and birds fluttering about which is really nice to watch.
When you reach the top there is a further peak you can climb. But a lot of people (including me) were skipping that part when we went due to the heat. That part isn’t shaded and is quite steep so I would only recommend it if you’re fit. My mum did the extra part and said it was great. But the views you get from the point I stopped at are just as good.
What to Bring
Make sure you pack your camera to capture the Insta-worthy views you’ll discover when you reach the top.
There is a tap at the start of the climb, but it’s just normal tap water and not the nicest on a hot day. So I’d recommend bringing your own bottled water if you prefer it to be nice and cold. Wear enclosed shoes with good grip as parts of the track can be quite steep and rocky. Insect repellent is also a good idea. Because of all the trees and moisture it’s a very nice breeding ground for mozzies and other things that bite!
You’ll probably want to spend some time at the top. So it’s also a good idea to pack some quick snacks to enjoy as you sit back and soak up the amazing 360 degree views from the summit.
Getting to Mount Ngungun
Follow Steve Irwin Way to the Glasshouse Mountains Township. Follow the road to the west over the railway lines and turn left into Coonowrin Road at the T junction.
Then turn right onto Fullertons Road just after the State School and along this road to the car park at the base of the mountain.
From there you’ll see the signs with the hikers and can easily follow that to the base of the climb and start hiking Mount Ngungun.
And of course I’m sure you’re dying to see the views. Here’s all the highlights from hiking Mount Ngungun.
**Please note, at times the hike may be closed for major upgrades. Please check this site for all updates on what’s going on.
Other things to do
Hiking Mount Ngungun will only take up about 1-2 hours so if you want to make a day of it there’s plenty of other things you can do. Since you’ve already made a trip out to the hinterland it’s worth checking out some of the other beautiful sites around that area.
If you need some other ideas of what to do you can read my post about Exploring the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Or, if you’re like mum and I you might want to head to the beach to freshen up after a strenuous hike. You can get from the mountains to the beach in less than an hour. That’s one of my favourite things about the Sunshine Coast. Everything is so close that you actually can do that.
We decided to head to Alexandra Headland for a swim and then some yummy lunch at Juan Fifty. A super cool and funky Mexican restaurant just across from the beach. Oh and to make our day last a little longer we also stopped for a yummy coffee at Milk & Beans Cafe before heading home.
Here’s all the yummy highlights.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to hearing about your own adventures hiking Mount Ngungun.
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