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Glass House Mountains National Park: Mt. Ngungun Summit

Glass House Mountains
1.4km
Trail type
Skill Level
One-way Length
One-way

NOTE: This adventure is in Glass House Mountains National Park for current Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service parks information, maps and essential park alerts click here

Climb Mount Ngungun, the best place to view the taller mountains of the scenic Glass House range.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, easily accessible and manageable for young kids.

HIGHLIGHTS
If you do only one of the famous Glass House Mountains, this is the one. It’s the closest one to Glasshouse township and also the most bang for buck.

The 2.8km return trek begins easily in open forest before starting to steepen and throw in some steps. About half way you pass ‘lovers cave’ so named after an Aboriginal legend.

From there it gets trickier but before you know it you pop out next to a large leaning monolith, and have a long rocky ridgeline to explore.

At the peak there are 360 degree panoramic views of the entire region. And best of all there are no manmade incursions up there unlike some of the other Sunshine Coast peaks. Supervise kids carefully, take your camera.

AFTERWARDS
The smallest of the Glass House Mountains is Wild Horse Mountain, north of Ngungun. It’s well worth a visit because its east of the M1, providing a wonderful panorama of most of the Glass House peaks. There’s a large carpark near the base, providing an easy walk for most people.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Head to the township of Glass House Mountains off Steve Irwin Way (off M1). Turn into Reed Street. Follow it around to the left. It quickly runs into Bruce Parade and Burgess St which turns into Coonowrin Street. Turn right into Fullertons Road and the car park to Mt Ngungun will be along on your right (about 3km from the Info Centre). The walk starts from the carpark.

To the end point: The end point is the same as your starting point.

Climb Mount Ngungun, the best place to view the taller mountains of the scenic Glass House range.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, easily accessible and manageable for young kids.

HIGHLIGHTS
If you do only one of the famous Glass House Mountains, this is the one. It’s the closest one to Glasshouse township and also the most bang for buck.

The 2.8km return trek begins easily in open forest before starting to steepen and throw in some steps. About half way you pass ‘lovers cave’ so named after an Aboriginal legend.

From there it gets trickier but before you know it you pop out next to a large leaning monolith, and have a long rocky ridgeline to explore.

At the peak there are 360 degree panoramic views of the entire region. And best of all there are no manmade incursions up there unlike some of the other Sunshine Coast peaks. Supervise kids carefully, take your camera.

AFTERWARDS
The smallest of the Glass House Mountains is Wild Horse Mountain, north of Ngungun. It’s well worth a visit because its east of the M1, providing a wonderful panorama of most of the Glass House peaks. There’s a large carpark near the base, providing an easy walk for most people.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Head to the township of Glass House Mountains off Steve Irwin Way (off M1). Turn into Reed Street. Follow it around to the left. It quickly runs into Bruce Parade and Burgess St which turns into Coonowrin Street. Turn right into Fullertons Road and the car park to Mt Ngungun will be along on your right (about 3km from the Info Centre). The walk starts from the carpark.

To the end point: The end point is the same as your starting point.

Activities and facilities
Glossary
  • Suitable for wheelchairs
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for recreational cycling
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • Suitable for kayaking
  • Drinking water available
  • No drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires permitted
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping permitted
  • Camping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking
  • Drinking water available
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
Map
Reviews

Review Date: 31/03/2019

This is a fantastic short but steep walk to the summit, suitable for children, however, there are some steep cliffs up the top. Once you get to the top you are rewarded by incredible 360 degree views. It's really worth the walk. Be early though as it's incredibly popular, it can get crowded!

Reviewed By: Christine

Review Date: 30/11/2018

Great walk that offers a short but steep hike up with good views of the other Glass House Mountains as a reward. Often extremely busy during peak times. Recommended to visit for sunrise

Reviewed By: Chris

Review Date: 29/11/2018

Love this climb. A great small challenge for those trying to get fit - it can be achieved. The track is clear to follow, interesting things to see on the way and the view at the top is worth the effort.

Reviewed By: Kellie

Review Date: 15/11/2018

A great walk, and really, not too much of a steep climb. Great spots to sit so you can get your breath too. The view at the top is spectacular. It's worth allowing the time to sit and chill out in the cool breeze. When you get back down, it's not so far to travel to some amazing historic sites, such as Bankfoot House which is on the way to the Glass House Lookout on Old Gympie Road - now that will really round your day!

Reviewed By: Elspeth

Review Date: 13/11/2018

Great short hike (approximately 1 hour round trip) for spectacular views, you need a reasonable level of fitness as the top half is fairly steep. It can get very busy so try to get their early to get a park. There are no facilities (toilet, water bubblers) so come prepared

Reviewed By: Kristy

Review Date: 04/11/2018

This is a great walk however gets super busy so best to get up early in the morning and climb up at around 5:30 - 6am if you can. There is a great halfway point with a 'cave' opening for kids to explore. Once you get to the top there is just beautiful 360 degree views. Bring water and also no toilet facilities. Easily can do a round trip in around 1 hour. Afterwards why not explore around the area with a trip to the local cafes, personally we love The Steaming Cup in Landsborough, haven't found better coffee anywhere else.

Reviewed By: Rebecca

Review Date: 02/11/2018

One of my go to hikes requiring beginner to intermediate fitness levels. Allow about an hour to walk this track with tree cover all the way to the top. Once you reach the summit, you'll have 360 degree views of the surrounding glasshouse mountains. Pro tip, this is a great location to watch a sunset as its goes down behind Mt Beerwah - ensure you have a phone or torch for the walk back down.

Reviewed By: Adam

Safety

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  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Maintenance and Enquiries

Qld Parks and Wildlife Service

National Parks, Conservation Parks and some State Forests are managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Contact details are: https://www.des.qld.gov.au/contactus/

For current information on trail conditions and alerts go to https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/#sunshinecoast

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