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Glass House Mountains National Park: Trachyte Circuit

Beerburrum
5.7km
Trail type
Skill Level
Length
Circuit

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

A longer loop around Mt Tibrogargan with great views of the mountain itself.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, not much elevation, only distance.

HIGHLIGHTS
This circuit gets it name from Trachyte Ridge and the type of rock which forms the volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains.

A firm favourite for the variety and also Jack Ferris lookout, on Trachyte Ridge, which provides an awesome angle to see Tibrogargan’s head along with views of other mountains.This 5.7km circuit leads through countryside linking Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Tibberoowuccum. The loop complements Tibrogargan’s base circuit and crosses several landscapes, from pine forestry to riparian rainforest, open woodland and heathland. Watch for Grey Fantails and Red-browed Finches.

Recently the car park has been upgraded with great facilities and interpretive materials.

It is also easily possible to shortcut to just the lookout from Caves Road, a dirt road that is generally navigable by 2WD if its dry.

AFTERWARDS
Enjoy a picnic in the presence of these solemn mountains.

You might like to add onto this walk by doing the 3 km circuit loop around the base of Mount Tibrogargan.

Or you can head to the information centre in the town of Glass House Mountains where there are facilities in the park and eating places in town.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Mount Tibrogargan is located between Beerburrum and Glass House Mountains townships, off Marshs and Barrs Roads.

Head to the township of Glass House Mountains off Steve Irwin Way (off M1). Continue driving south and turn right into into Barrs Road, which meets the car park entrance at Marshs Road (opposite a dragon fruit farm).

Driving from the South, take the Beerburrum Road off Steve Irwin Way, turn right into Beerburrum Woodford Road and right into Old Gympie Road. Turn right into Marshs Road and the car park will be about 1 km along this road on your right. The walk starts from the car pack.

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

A longer loop around Mt Tibrogargan with great views of the mountain itself.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, not much elevation, only distance.

HIGHLIGHTS
This circuit gets it name from Trachyte Ridge and the type of rock which forms the volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains.

A firm favourite for the variety and also Jack Ferris lookout, on Trachyte Ridge, which provides an awesome angle to see Tibrogargan’s head along with views of other mountains.This 5.7km circuit leads through countryside linking Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Tibberoowuccum. The loop complements Tibrogargan’s base circuit and crosses several landscapes, from pine forestry to riparian rainforest, open woodland and heathland. Watch for Grey Fantails and Red-browed Finches.

Recently the car park has been upgraded with great facilities and interpretive materials.

It is also easily possible to shortcut to just the lookout from Caves Road, a dirt road that is generally navigable by 2WD if its dry.

AFTERWARDS
Enjoy a picnic in the presence of these solemn mountains.

You might like to add onto this walk by doing the 3 km circuit loop around the base of Mount Tibrogargan.

Or you can head to the information centre in the town of Glass House Mountains where there are facilities in the park and eating places in town.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Mount Tibrogargan is located between Beerburrum and Glass House Mountains townships, off Marshs and Barrs Roads.

Head to the township of Glass House Mountains off Steve Irwin Way (off M1). Continue driving south and turn right into into Barrs Road, which meets the car park entrance at Marshs Road (opposite a dragon fruit farm).

Driving from the South, take the Beerburrum Road off Steve Irwin Way, turn right into Beerburrum Woodford Road and right into Old Gympie Road. Turn right into Marshs Road and the car park will be about 1 km along this road on your right. The walk starts from the car pack.

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
  • No drinking water available
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
Map
Reviews

Review Date: 25/05/2019

This is one of our favourite Sunshine Coast hinterland walks & we like to add on the 3km loop around Mt. Tibrogargan for great close-up view of the towering rock. It is an extremely varied walk with differing vegetation & views over the Glasshouse Mountains from the Jack Ferris look-out. We either picnic in the car park or drive to the Glasshouse mountains view point for lunch with a view!

Reviewed By: Alison

Review Date: 12/11/2018

Such an enjoyable walk. The views along the trail are truly sensational. Facilities also available - toilets, picnic tables and plenty of parking. A great day out.

Reviewed By: Carolyn

Review Date: 12/11/2018

Great easy track with stunning views of the Glasshouse Mountains. Car park is easily accessible and amenities are great to catch your breath or have a bite to eat after.

Reviewed By: Fiona

Review Date: 12/11/2018

Was great to explore this trail for something different on the Sunshine Coast! Really rewarding with some beautiful views along the way.

Reviewed By: Jade

Review Date: 11/11/2018

Really well designed track and easy to navigate. Especially enjoyed the sandstone steps on the creek crossings and the gorgeous views from the lookout. The carpark, toilet facilities and picnic area are all well designed (plenty of parking and clean facilities) and again easily accessible. I look forward to attending indigenous story telling events in the future and learning more about this magical area.

Reviewed By: Sonya

Review Date: 11/11/2018

I really enjoyed this walk. There are a few creek crossings where you have to step across well placed rocks (very sturdy), and you are rewarded with spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains at a lookout which is only a 100m diversion from the trail. Mt Tibrogargan completely towers over this track towards the end - very impressive.

Reviewed By: Bronwyn

Review Date: 10/11/2018

The Trachyte trail is a good entry point for people a moderate fitness level and experience, as you would expect from an intermediate level trail. It was evident that a lot of work had gone into creating a trail as safe and sustainable as practicable. The view from Jack Ferris lookout is worthy of taking an extended break. My tips: Every now and then stop and look up as Mount Tibrogargan, despite its size and lack of mobility, has the ability to sneak up on you. Also, take at least one litre of water per person.

Reviewed By: John

Review Date: 10/11/2018

It is a great walk around 90 min with amazing views of the Glass House Mountains!

Reviewed By: Tanja

Safety

IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL '000'.

Always Adventure Safely!

  • 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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