Mount Cooee

Glass House Mountains

At just 191m, this is probably the least climbed and one of the least known mountains in the area, especially as it is overshadowed by Mount Tibrogargan immediately to the west.

Scrambling or Climbing
190m
Maximum Elevation
430m
Total Climb

Getting there:

Turn off the Bruce Highway onto Steven Irwin Way and just north of Beerburrum turn into Barrs Road, which is signposted for access to Mt Tibrogargan. The fire trail access is on the left opposite 210 Barrs Road. Park where you can.

Maps:

http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/beerburrum-beerwah/about.html. Barrs Road is marked, but not Mt Cooee.

Route/Trail notes;

Start from the National Park gate on Barrs Rd and walk along the “fire trail” for 500m to the 'T' junction. There  are now at least four options open to you, all requiring a bush-bash to the top:

Go straight ahead.

Turn left and after 300m head west to the top.

Turn right and after 800m, when you reach the cleared agricultural land and dam, turn north west to the top.

Go beyond this point and follow the power lines to the top of the ridge. You will have to go back into the trees at some points as the gullies along the power line track are too dense to get through. At the top of the ridge, turn left and fight your way to the top.

Due to vegetation at the summit there are limited view so have a look around, but be careful, as the shrub can hide cliffs.

Permits/Costs:

None

Other Comments:

The fire trails and scrub on the mountain have not been maintained or 'back burnt' and looks like an accident waiting to happen as it is all timber dry and what has been cut down along the fire trail no longer provides a fire break.

 

Comments

Lots of Lantana and plants that what to scratch you and swallow you up. Not a defined track but still pretty cool to go somewhere away from all the crowds. Once you get to the summit you might wanna climb a tree to get a better view lol!

Paul on 29 Aug, 2018

You thought it was scrubby before. Try it know. Loads of trees have fallen along the entire length of the fire trail. It's exhausting climbing over, around and under them. The mountain itself was scrubby and trackless. I did quite a lot of track marking with arrows on rocks and building rock cairns. As well as clearing branches.
Was a lot easier to come down following my track.
Although there are know views from the top. There are very good view of Tibros north face on the way up.

Pardo on 2 Jul, 2017

This has got to be the most frustrating mountain to climb in the Glass House Mountains. There is no trail as such and you bush-bash your way to the top and back again the best way you can. There is no view at the top and you come home covered in scratches; but you just ticked off another climb!

We started our own cairn to mark the top.

F.A.B. on 30 Jul, 2016

Was initially confused as to the location of the access point. The fire trail is marked but easy to miss and is located approximately opposite number 210 on Barrs Road, which is the last house on the right before the main Tibrogargan car park when travelling westwards from Steve Irwin Way.

Fire trail was easy enough but full of a horrible type of grass that got stuck in my socks like needles. After 500m fire trail forked in a T junction, however access to the trail on the right was restricted - big warning sign about it. There was a marked path with pink ties leading directly ahead through the bush, however. The path took me about half way up the mountain before disappearing. The rest of the way was path of least resistance, and it should be noted the bush was pretty thick and fairly unpleasant and left no view from the summit. Came out with a lot of scratches, and had to double back several times on the way back down.

MDWL on 9 Apr, 2016

Scrubby

balri on 11 Mar, 2016

Couldn't find track. Made our own. Easy but scrub all over

smitsie on 26 Sep, 2015

No track.. basically bush bashed our way to the summit! Plenty of scratches! Watch for snakes in the warmer months!

kyles36 on 26 Sep, 2015

Followed instructions but did not find water tank. Came out at a dam on North East corner of Tibro. Turned left (north) and followed powerlines to top of ridge where I could look down and see Barrs Rd on the other side of a pineapple plantation. I turned sharp left and scrub bashed my way west then south then west then south until I eventually found myself at the highest point. There are no rock cairns to mark the summit. From here I continued south for a couple of hundred metres weaving around to avoid the worst of the undergrowth. Eventually I came out on an open verge, not exactly a cliff face but a clear view of Tibro. I then weaved my way in a generally south west direction down some exposed rock faces (not very steep) and rejoined the fire management trail just before the fork in the track as described in the previous track notes. Total distance 3.7km. Elevation gain 150m. Time 1hr 25minutes.

Grumps on 31 Jan, 2014

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