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Climbing Mt Ngungun at The Glass House Mountains

February 19th, 2008 · 9 Comments

I have always found the Glass House Mountains a spectacular view while driving towards the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane. They are actually volcanic peaks that were created about 24 million years ago. I have often wanted to climb one of them and last Sunday I finally did.

As you may already know from the previous post, Maureen and I stayed at a log cabin at the Glass House Mountains called Crookneck Retreat. If not you can read about it and see some pictures of this lovely place here. We decided that we go on a bush walk while staying at Crookneck Retreat and we were advised that the walk and climb up Mt Ngungun was very nice, so long as it is not too wet. The added bonus was that the walk started about 2.5km from Crookneck Retreat, so it was easy to walk to it.

Maureen and I decided to walk to it. There were quite a few showers the night before, but there had been plenty of sunshine in the morning, so we hoped that the track would be suitable. Along Old Gympie Road we noticed Mt Ngungun to the east. The picture below was taken while walking along Old Gympie Road and it shows the highest peak that we will be attempting to reach.

A view of Mt Ngun Gun while walking along Old Gympie Road

Not far along Old Gympie Road we had to turn left onto Fullertons Road. Fullertons road was quite a narrow road, so now I knew why Brett suggested that I take Coonowrin Road to get to Crookneck Retreat rather than this road. While walking along Fullertons road we noticed a better view of the cliff of Mt Ngungun.

A view of the cliff of Mt Ngungun while walking along Fullertons Road.

As we walked further along Fullertons road towards Mt Ngungun we were close to a farm house and we noticed a great view of Mt Coonowrin (Crookneck) and Mt Beewah behind us. The farm house had magnificent views of Mt Coonowrin, Mt Beewah and Mt Ngungun. They also had 2 dogs that let everyone know that we were walking past the property.

A great view of Mt Coonowrin and Mt Beerwah (behind it)

When we arrived at the entrance of the walk we noticed that there were about 5 cars parked in the provided car park, so it seemed to be a popular walk. The first part of the walk was a dirt pathway with a relatively gentle rise that snaked up the mountain. We were told by a couple on top of the summit later that there used to be a steeper walk in that section but they closed it for regeneration. We were walking in a rain forest environment with plenty of ferns and trees and the moisture from the plantation made the environment very humid and we were both perspiring.

Then the path turned into a rather steep rock climb. There was a slippery clay type substance between the rocks, so care needed to be taken while walking up. We were concerned with the return trip down, but that proved to be OK in the end. I can understand how this could be a little dangerous if it was too wet. Showers did fall while we were walking up, but that cooled us down a little. Also we noticed that others were successfully climbing down from the summit, so we continued our journey.

The photo below shows Maureen on the way down this rocky climb. To her right is a cave that is part of the scenery on this walk.

Maureen taking a break while stepping down the rocky track of Mt Ngungun

At the top of the picture above, there was a plateau followed by a further rocky climb. This section was not quite as rocky but had plenty slippery clay parts to avoid.

Eventually we arrived at the summit and enjoyed the spectacular views. It was very windy at the top and it was also cooler, which was pleasant after a sweaty walk to the summit. A French Girl and a girl from Chile were kind enough to take some photos of Maureen and me at the top of Mt Ngungun, including the 2 below.

Maureen and I on top of Mt Ngungun with Mt Coonowrin and Mt Beerwah behind us

Maureen and I sitting on the cliffs edge at Mt Ngungun. It is a long way down.

I also took this photo of Maureen with Mt Tibrogargan and what I think is Mt Tibberoowuccum in the background.

Maureen at the top of Mt Ngungun with the scenerary to the south of the mountain.

After the trip we returned to Crookneck retreat where I had a nice shower followed by a relaxing spa with a glass of bubbly. The photo of me in the spa in the Valentine’s Vacation To Crookneck Retreat was taken after this walk and it showed that I did get sun burnt. So even if it is a cloudy day, I suggest that you protect your skin with sunburn cream and also wear better clothing than I did (a collar at least).

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lisa Wood // Feb 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    great blog, we live in front of Mt Ngungun, and climbed it today with two of our boys – it has such a great view at the top. Great photos – I forgot our camera 🙂

  • 2 Bryan // Mar 9, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Hi Lisa, glad that you like the blog. How cool to live near Mt Ngungun 🙂 Next time you shall have to remember your camera so that you can take photos too. Maureen and I went to Crookneck Retreat again late last year and plan to go again. They were planning on having a 3rd log cabin there, so we shall have to check it out when it is done 🙂

  • 3 galen // May 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    heyy i went on the climb with school is was fun but teachers wanted to keep stoping it was an easy climb love to go again lucy u

  • 4 Bryan // May 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Hi Lucy
    I am glad that you had fun climbing Mt Ngungun. I actually went again last month with my parents and my son.

    It may have been wise of your teachers to take rests. My son followed me and felt sick after the cave section. I went too fast, but had better breathing techniques than him due to Taekwondo. Unfortunately, he did not go much further and did not make it to the top. 🙁

    I showed my parents and my son Crookneck Retreat afterwards and found out that they now have the 3rd cabin. It caters for the disabled. The owners of Crookneck Retreat are lovely people and let us have a look at the new cabin.

    A work mate of mine has shown interest in climbing Mt Ngungun too, so I may do it with him next time.

  • 5 Michael Durai // Sep 7, 2010 at 4:47 am

    I’m doing a certificate course in high ropes with Worth Wild Adventures (Brisbane) and part of our training included abseiling and rock climbing at Mt Ngungun. What a lovely place to visit!!!!!! The Views are awesome

  • 6 Gayle Gowen // Jan 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    You would have seen My Fathers’ and my Sisters’ farms from the Northern end of Ngungun.

    Lots of Macadamia Trees.

    Great Pics.


  • 7 BILL PAUL // Aug 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Great to see someone went to the trouble of placing wonderful pics onto the Internet.
    A group of us climbed it back in the fifties.
    Regards, BILL.

  • 8 Joel // Oct 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Great information about the location and the climb. It is one that I am thinking about doing very soon.

    I know it has been a while, however I wonder if you remember how long it took to get to the summit. Do not want to start to late and be coming back down in the dark.

  • 9 Bryan // Oct 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Hi Joel, from what I remember it is a 2 hour round trip…however, it took me much less time for the 3 times that I climbed Mt NgunGun. Not sure if I posted it, but it is not best to climb with considerable rainfall as it becomes quite slippery.

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