Mount Beerwah Summit

Glass House Mountains
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The highest of the Glasshouse Mountains, the Mt Beerwah summit walk is slightly easier than Mt Tibrogargan but still quite challenging. It has extensive views of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Glasshouse Mountains.

According to Jinibara people’s lore and custom, Beerwah is the ancestral, pregnant mother. As there is nothing more important than a mother giving birth, Jinibara people are taught to respect and protect Mount Beerwah—a deeply spiritual place. Their lore and custom teach them not to climb this mountain out of respect for its great sacredness. Tibrogargan is seen as the father with Ngungun, his faithful dingo, lying at his feet. The mountains around them are their children.

Aboriginal people do not climb these mountains out of spiritual respect to Jinibara and Kabi Kabi peoples. They ask that visitors refrain from climbing them for the same reason.

PLEASE NOTE- February 2020 Due to the heavy rainfall, this track is currently CLOSED due to the risk of rock slippage.

Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted

Getting there:

Travel via Glass House Mountains township, left into Bruce Paradede, left to Coonowrin Road and left onto Old Gympie Rd then right onto Mt Beerwah Road to the picnic ground.

Route/Trail notes:

Follow the walking track from the car park to the base of the mountain. This section is quite exposed and some rock scrambling experience is essential. Do not attempt if the rock is wet or rain is expected. Scramble up to the base of the cliffline. Turn right and follow the cliffline around and follow an obvious track around and up to the summit. Return via same route.


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Did this hike today. Very little rock climbing/scrambling experience; I go indoor rockclimbing maybe once or twice a year, and this is my first atttempt going up a mountain that requires climbing skills. I also have a pretty big fear of heights; but I love trying to face this. I had a friend with me on this hike - who has done this climb once, but who also has hardly any rockclimbing experience.

The track is easy to follow.

The first section of the climb was the hardest - as it's a vertical climb on rock slab, so it was a bit daunting; maybe 3 times I had no option but to climb with less than a three point hold - mostly because I couldnt reach the holes above (Im 5ft 2), if I were a foot taller I could have reached and had a much safer grip throughout this section. So the areas I did hold onto ended up being very thin where I pretty much was only able to use my finger tips to grip the rock. It could have been because I have never done this climb and therefore there might have been a better way up than the way I was attempting. The other problem I faced was my shoes gripping the rock, I felt like my feet kept slipping at times which made me panic more, and I was wearing La Sportiva shoes that were made for scrambling. Once past this section, it was fine the rest of the way up, no issues.

The climb down I was anticipating to be terrifying but it was so easy, and actually quite fun sliding down as long as you go slowly for that last part back at the beginning.

Overall I recommend. The views were stunning.

Nicole on 15 Sep, 2020

Challenging but rewarding. A big advantage If you're a tall person so you don't have too far to stretch to the nearest foot/ hand holds. shoes with good grip also help and I wouldn't attempt to do this on a really hot day or late In the day as the rock can get really hot. Great views and workout.

Lara B on 17 Aug, 2020

The first section is pretty terrifying if you aren't great with heights or have no vertical rock face climbing experience. I found out from experienced climbers that there's a chicken run to the left (just don't follow the steps right to the top).

Wear shoes with excellent grip! I wore hiking boots which weren't too bad but people wearing those super grippy scrambling shoes had a huge advantage.

Matt Johnson on 12 Jul, 2020

Fantastic climb and worth the ascent to the top with an amazing view. Very challenging rock scramble in the first section which is not for the faint hearted.

Ryan Ramsay on 14 May, 2020

Absolutely loved this climb most challenging to date but so worth it definitely dont attempt it in high temperatures and make sure you have good grip shoes for the slab extreamly slippery due to the worn track

Korina Meagher on 8 Dec, 2019

nice to revisit after over 20 years.
I hope Paul B doesn't mind me borrowing some of his comments for my blog.

glenn mead on 22 Oct, 2019

i found this hard to do it was a mistake to do it my own as well... unless your super fit

kmthor on 28 Sep, 2019

Did this for the first time as part of a successful one day, double summit attempt, along with Tibro in the morning. Found Tibro quite a lot easier.

As people have mentioned, the holds aren't as great as Tibro and the rock slab at the beginning quite steep. You really need to trust in your shoes and their grip to build confidence for the scramble up.

Once you get going, just be patient and look out for the lines others are taking. It can be tricky to judge at first since there are a number of paths up, and people descending are normally sliding back down on their butt for large portions of it. Take your time, and visualise the route ahead.

Once you reach the cave section it's all easy going from there. Great opportunity to get out of the sun and rest as well.

The slab was quite hot and after doing Tibro that morning, the heat definitely took it out of us. Went through 1.25L of water going up and about the same down, after getting some more water off others at the summit.

The views from the top are simply amazing. Make sure you spend a bit of time up there and really soak it in. It's beautiful.

It's more of a bum slide down the slab than it is a downclimb. It's a little nerve-racking at first but once you get used to it becomes quite fun. The last 50m or seemed the hairiest for me, and again, just gave in to the initial fear and did the bum slide back to the base.

Great shoes with good grip help. I was wearing the La Sportiva TX2 approach shoes, and they were worth their weight in gold on the ascent.

A lot of fun and will be definitely doing it again. Was nice to tick off the double summit in a day, with Tibro that morning. Highly recommend if you're fit and feeling up to it.

Paul B on 25 Aug, 2019

Amazing views, and beautiful bushwalk up the top. Wear climbing shoes or go barefoot, it’s very steep. Definitely easier if you’re closer to 6 foot tall!

Acasualhiker on 22 Aug, 2019

A big thanks to Sarcha

Stacey Gardiner on 23 Jun, 2019

Incredibly sketchy climb but such a challenge. Definitely not for those scared of heights or who aren’t confident with their balance/coordination. 50% of the climb is essentially rock climbing. I did it in no shoes and found that to help a lot. If not, I’d recommend wearing shoes with thin soles to wedge your feet in the holds. Took us 40 minutes up from the carpark and 30 down. One of my fave hikes. 100% recommend if you’re confident.

Jessica Sellinger on 23 Jun, 2019

The 1st time I climbed Beerwah one of our team had to be rescued by SES on the way down. So returning, for me, was a mental challenge. This mountain definitely offers one of the best climbs and views. If possible go with someone who is familiar with climbing this, as there are a few sections I found a bit sketchy, scary and if I made a mistake it could of been disastrous. I've seen many scale Beerwah upright and easy like a mountain goat, however, I often felt safer taking the lizard clutching approach.

rainbowshlee on 24 May, 2019

I finally made it to the summit today after attempting Beerwah twice before but failing to get up the first cliff due to the smoothness and lack of defined handholds. It was a struggle going up, pretty scary at times. Usually you can climb up with the aid of some trees and shrubs to the right of the rock face. If you’re anxious it’s probably not for you, I had a panic attack midway up and had to really push myself to keep going. The summit is lovely, no shade though. The trek down is much easier as you’re on your bum for most of it. I ended up with a hole in the bum of my leggings! Once you’re reaching the bottom, go to the right if you want to avoid the steep smooth face!

Natalie Lagerroth on 13 Apr, 2019

After a false start a few weeks earlier (chickened out at the slab) I finally conquered Mt Beerwah! My advice to anyone that is scared of heights, just start scrambling up the 'slab' and don't look back. Go with an experienced climber who can can help you with hand and feet holds and who knows which way is the safest way up and down. What a fantastic achievement it is when you make the summit - although, I really didn't feel like I'd conquered the mountain until I made it all the way down - ripped pants and all!hahahaa

Chris M on 24 Mar, 2019

I'm a beginner, I had done a couple of hikes previously like Coolum and Beerburrum etc. This was my first time scrambling. The first part of the climb would be the hardest as it's the smoothest and is covered with quite a lot of sand. I had standard runners on which made it quite a lot harder. After removing my shoes and going barefoot I found it ALOT easier. Scenery wise this climb is stunning. I preferred it to Tibrogargan. I'd also recommend mozzie spray. I personally loved this mountain.

xxxNickyxxx on 9 Mar, 2019

I did it at last! '√' Several years of looking at this monster and even going to its base a couple of times, have finally been overcome, with a fantastic climb on a beautiful day. This is not for the fainthearted, unfit or ill prepared. It took us 1hr 45m up, but the fun weeeeeee 'crab crawl' down took just 45m.

F.A.B. on 12 Jan, 2019

Great walk, the best glasshouse mount if you want to challenge yourself. I had done Tibro a few times before giving this a go. I was pleasantly surprised . Once you get past the very first cliff scramble it is easier form there and going up is worst than down. The gradient of Beerwah is not as vertical at Tibro, however the first scramble does not always have as defined footholes as tibro.
Took me 1 hr 25 mins up which was a relaxing pace and 1 hr 10 down. Would recommend!

Chantal Renee on 1 Dec, 2018

Challenging scramble all the way to the organ pipes rock formation with a sandy stroll around and then on to the summit hike. Great sense of achievement, physical and mental . I wouldn’t take kids as it is quite steep but with plent6 of grips and cracks to use. The most fun you can have on a cliff face without ropes!

Coopsy on 3 Nov, 2018

Don't pick a 35º day to head up this one, the rock scramble gets hot on the fingers.

Wear grippy boots, the first section can get slippery.

Greg Mac on Nov, 2018

Great climb with a great summit view. If you have a reasonable amount of fitness you don’t necessarily need experience to climb this. Coming down in sections is easiest sliding down on your backside, using your feet and hands to slow down the descent. Coming down the begginging tricky section at the bottom is easiest if you traverse a few meter to your left as there’s a lot more grip, however you still need to take it slow. You can also traverse over to the right and find the easy route.. (you may want to inspect this option out before the climb).

Kirk on 23 Sep, 2018


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