Journey to the summit of Mount Ngungun and feel on top of the world!
The spectacular landscape of the Glass House Mountains features 11 volcanic peaks, an abundance of hiking trails and stunning views. Located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, this destination is approximately one hour of driving from Brisbane.
The Glass House Mountains are embedded deeply within the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Consequently, there are specified peaks and routes that are considered to be sacred. These should not be climbed as a sign of respect.
The Mount Ngungun Summit Trail is 2.8 kilometres return and is classified as a grade 4 track (several steep sections and exposed cliff edges). Despite this rating, it is widely considered to be one of the easier Glass House Mountain hikes. The path is clearly defined, well maintained and accessible without climbing gear.
This trail is very popular with users of all ages. I completed this with my nine year old son and we encountered many families with younger children (including adults with infants in carriers). My child completed the trail with ease, supportive footwear and close supervision.
The track leads through an open forest and begins with intermittent sections of stone steps. As the track progresses up the mountain, visitors will delight in the dense fern understory and magnificently tall trees. The sections of steps are replaced by a steeper gradient of uneven rocks, resembling more of a "rock scramble" than a simple hike.
Approximately halfway through the trail, visitors can stop and admire Dayman's Cave, a large opening in a rocky outcrop. Although this section has been fenced off, a small landing provides the opportunity to appreciate its sheer size.
Upon reaching the summit, expect breath-taking 360-degree views. On a clear day, there are spectacular close-up views of nearby Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Tibberoowuccum, Mt Coonowrin and Mt Beerwah.
If you are seeking more of an adventure, many hikers continue along the ridge to rest on the highest boulders. This provides opportunities for amazing photographs, however extra care needs to be taken.
Exposure to the sun is quite extreme on the summit, so ensure that you have adequate water, sunscreen and a hat.
Allow up to 2 hours for the return hike (trust me, the view from the top is difficult to leave!).
Mount Ngungun, Fullertons Rd, Glass House Mountains QLD 4518, Australia