Mount Beerburrum

Glass House Mountains

A paved but very steep walk leads 700 metres uphill through a small area of rainforest, then winds up through eucalyptus woodland to a fire tower. There is a 360 degree view of the Glass House Mountains and other parts of South East Queensland from the summit. On a clear day, Brisbane CBD is visible too. when decending the fire tower, go down backwards as you would with any ladder, several people have tried to go down forward and had very nasty accidents.

Bird Watching
No Public Transport
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Follow M1 'Bruce Highway' north from Brisbane for 55km. Leave the highway  onto Steve Irwin Way, signposted Beerwah and Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive. After 4.5km turn left into Beerburrum Road (signposted Mt Beerburrum Lookout) and turn right after 900m onto a short gravel road to the start of the Mount Beerburrum Lookout walk.


Glass House Mountains

Route/Trail notes:

Get to the track before lunchtime to enjoy your time at the top. Be prepared for a steep hike that doesn't end until you are at the top. Some seats along the way to take a rest on. Take plenty of water. I would confidently take my 2wd Hilux along this track wet or dry, and I doubt my mothers Corolla would have troubles either. Great views from the first floor of the fire tower.




Short and steep. Would have been easier if we hadn’t just done 12km along yul-yan-man

Juiced Pixels on 7 Jul, 2019

Description given by is spot on! Calf burner for sure, but the view from the top is WORTH IT!

Naomi Bradley on 2 Jul, 2019


NautiWill on 30 Jun, 2019

It never ceases to amaze me how strenuous this short walk is. Great workout.

Ian and Sue on 21 Jun, 2019

Steep concrete path, worth it to get to top.

Linda on 9 Jun, 2019

Didn't enjoy this walk up the concrete road, not very interesting, much rather do a mountain. But great cardio workout.

Chris M on 8 Apr, 2019

This is a step walk up the cement path but the views from the fire tower are great, some of the best views of any of the glasshouse mountains I’ve done. You can see the Brisbane city skyline on a clear day

MattyM on 10 Mar, 2019

Slow and steady wins this race.

Schleehauzer on 19 Feb, 2019

HARD walk, very steep incline for the whole walk. We found this walk very challenging and definitely needed to stop multiple times along the way. The mozzies along the way definitely don't help!
Walk down is also as difficult due to the steepness and leaves on the ground. Definitely don't do this walk if it has been raining.
Can't say I'll be doing this walk again.

Sammy on 9 Feb, 2019

Was a great start to the morning did this as the first mountain in 6 mountain challenge for the day 15m 04sec up and 11min 10 sec down.

Juanita on 3 Feb, 2019

1/6 in the mountain Challenge. Nice little cardio starter for the day. 15:04 up. 11:10 down.

Steve on 3 Feb, 2019

Steep but short. Nice view of Glass house mountains. Good warm up hike.

JayWalker on 3 Feb, 2019

This is a short and sweet, cardio building, mountain climb. Be careful when tackling this mountain in the wet. This mountain is very steep and the path can be extremely slippery when wet.

ZachJ on Feb, 2019

Steep concrete path. Good workout, decent views from the tower

Greg Mac on Jan, 2019

Great walk with my two eldest kids. They loved it but were a bit puffed. My eldest (12) said it was more challenging than Mt Coolum that he had climbed just recently. I must admit, I thought it would be easier than it was but then again, we did it pretty quickly.

ClimbingwithKids on 27 Dec, 2018

Did this after a night shift. Hard work, but good concrete path. Fairly steep. Certainly feel like you've achieved alot after 700m up. Breathtaking views of the Glasshouse mountains.

isa09 on 1 Dec, 2018

Steep incline but pretty easy. I am moderately fit and this was relatively easy for me due to the short distance. Don't feel it's as bad as everyone says! Definitely get a little sweat and a bit puffed but really it's not too hard at all. View for sunrise was amazing.

jlwoot123 on Dec, 2018

First of many mountains my wife and I intend on climbing in the Glasshouse Mountains. It is indeed steep as mentioned so many times previously but don’t let that put you off. We are incredibly unfit at the moment and have to admit that we both were hesitant; however we are so glad we got off the couch and achieved something! The view was a nice reward and we started very early in the morning meaning we had the whole mountain to ourselves.

If you are on the fence on this one, my advice would be – “It’s not a race. Every step taken means you are one step closer to reaching the top. Take it slow and soak in all the beauty that is Mt Beerburrum.”

Video of the climb:

Brett on 3 Nov, 2018

We did this walk yesterday, we had read the warnings but of course disregarded them as wild horse was easier, do not disregard the warnings, I went with my husband we are oldies, some much younger people gave up due to the steep incline and there is extensive leaf litter around atm which is slippery.

If you climb the tower which we did ACCEND backwards holding the rail and walking down the way you came up, nasty accidents have been caused by people trying to go forward down, HIGHLY recommend you reverse down slowly....

Great views from the top of the tower and its well worth the effort. TAKE mozzie spray they are lethal atm, and its seriously not for anyone with leg or back issues as the incline is very steep as others have said.

Seeing people half my age stop and quit yet they appeared much fitter did concern me so I made a point of making this review today.

Personally loved the climb what a challange it was, but be prepared

Anne on 31 Oct, 2018

Summited Beerburrum today after doing Tibberoowuccum and Tibrogargan prior. I don't recall when it happened, but the trees surrounding the fire tower have been cleared or cut back and so the view has opened up considerably.

For those who haven't completed this walk before, know that it isn't very long but that it's relentlessly steep. Along the way, there are three seats carved into rocks along the side of the path at similar intervals. The gradient lessens a little around these points so they're good spots to seek respite from the testing ascent.

Today I got to the top and returned to the carpark all in 18 minutes, walking briskly upwards and running downwards. The sign at the trailhead recommends that you allow one hour, but even a relatively unfit person will probably not take so long unless they take some time to rest, eat, and/or take photos at the summit. Beerburrum is excellent for training. I've seen different types of people all training for something here, from the Kokoda Track to Mount Everest.

Happy hiking and I wish you the best.

meadharry on 28 Oct, 2018


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