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How to see the Glass House Mountains without climbing

14 Oct 2019

Hiking to a mountain summit can give you a sense of achievement but sometimes the best views are of the mountains themselves from a different vantage point.

Here are the best hikes and walks around the Glass House Mountains so you can explore without reaching the top.

Mt Tibrogargan Circuit

If the thought of summiting this mountain sends a shiver down your spine, why not take the scenic route around the base?

The Mount Tibrogargan circuit is a 3.2km, 1.5 hour long walk around the mountain. The track follows the base of Mt Tibrogargan through casuarina groves, open eucalypt and melaleuca forest - each supporting a changing variety of native plants and wildlife.

The best part is that you won’t have to wait long to get a view. About 400 metres from the start, you will be able to spot Mount Beerwah, Mount Coonowrin, Mount Tibberoowuccum and Mount Tunnbubudla!

Yul-yan-man track

This is the newest walk on the block. The Yul-yan-man track opened earlier this year and the name means ‘walk slowly’ in the Kabi Kabi language. Expect rock scrambling, steep ascents and some loose gravel underfoot, so going slowly isn’t a bad idea!

This adventurous walk is not for the faint of heart, but it will reward you with some of the best views of the Glass House Mountains. The track skirts around Mt Beerburrum and then traverses the Trachyte Ridge and is about 9-km return. You can also so this as a one-way 6.7km walk to Tibrogargan trailhead if you can organise transport back to your car.

Trachyte circuit

This circuit leads through open woodland and heathland linking Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Tibberoowuccum. The Jack Ferris lookout, on Trachyte Ridge, allows for good views of the surrounding peaks.

The 5.7km walk should take somewhere between two and three hours to finish and goes through a variety of landscapes. Expect to hear and see a lot of birdlife on this family-friendly walk.

Glass House Mountain lookout

If walking really isn’t your thing but you still want to see those epic Glass House Mountain views this is your must-do.

A short walking track – around 400 metres one-way – takes you through open scribby gum forest, down into a gull and then up to the lookout. From here, not only will you be able to spot the famous peaks, but there are also views out to Caloundra and Maroochydore.

Wild Horse Mountain scenic lookout

This mountain stands 123 metres above sea level - so is a relative 'baby' in comparison to the rest of the mountains in the Glass House Mountain range.

A steep 700-metre walk here will reward you will 360-degree views of the Glass House Mountains to the west and Bribie Island and the coastal strip to the east.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

There is also a way to get an amazing view without much walking at all! Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains National Landscape. 

Here you will find stunning views over all of the Glasshouse Mountains. While you are here, it is worth exploring the reserve itself. There is pristine tract of rain forest includes a 2km easy walking loop track that is flat and suitable for ‘off-road’ pushchairs and wheelchairs. 


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