Mount Tibrogargan Summit

Glass House Mountains
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Almost a free climb instead of a hike.

It’s quite tricky to actually find it. Come off the Steve Irwin way at Matthew something park and drive around the back and through a tight railway tunnel then off to the right. You’ll pass some farming sheds on your right and the track to the car park is on your left.

According to Jinibara people’s lore and custom, Beerwah is the ancestral, pregnant mother. Tibrogargan is seen as the father with Ngungun, his faithful dingo, lying at his feet. The mountains around them are their children. Coonowrin is the eldest. The others are Beerburrum, Coochin, Elimbah, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai, Tunbubudla and, the youngest is currently known as Wild Horse Mountain.

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.

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
370m
Maximum Elevation
290m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Steve Irwin way from the Bruce Highway. Turn on to Barrs Rd to get to Tibrogargan.

Maps:

Glass House Mountains Walking Tracks

Route/Trail notes:

Start on the Tibrogargan circuit walk and eventually you'll get to a sign pointing to the summit. It goes up pretty steeply until you get to the base of a cliff. From this point follow obvious wear marks to scramble up and up and up. Eventually it levels off with more bush and you're at the 364 metre summit!

Other References/Comments:

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/pdf/glass-house-guide.pdf

Comments

Climbed with Doylie for Sunrise, a game of chess and coffee, breakfast. Great morning!

This is only my 3rd climb/scramble and it wasn't as tough as I thought. Plenty of families there climbing up as we were coming down. Well worth the view at the end!

MATT THOMPSON on 24 May, 2020

Almost made it ;)
Seriously way harder than I imagined. Physically I could have done it. But mentally I had to turn around bit over half way.

Maria R on 18 May, 2020

That's definitely not a hike or bushwalk, that's a real climbing. I really enjoyed it!

Remi (Frog n Roo) on 18 Feb, 2020

Similar difficulty to Mount Beerwah. If you're an inexperienced climber make sure you have a decent level of fitness and do not go alone and/or when raining. The view from the top is worth the nerves on the way up.

Mitch Snow on 5 Jan, 2020

Had an amazing climb
Was invited with a group that included a couple of other beginners. Definitely wouldnt recommend doing this one alone for the first time unless you are an avid and confident climber with good fitness as it's pretty steep and a decent scramble. Will do it a few more times with a guide before I would be confident to map out the path and climb it alone

Korina Meagher on 27 Nov, 2019

Holy crap. Not for the feignt of heart. My first free solo climb.

Rod Hewins on 26 Oct, 2019

Amazing! Quite mentally challenging for me but was lucky enough to run into some experienced hikers on the way up who helped us to the top. I was more worried about getting down but they were right - getting down was way easier. Would recommend going with someone who has done this before. It's worth it. I was blown away by how helpful and caring everyone on the track was. Everyone helps each other and is good for a few words of guidance and encouragement.

Janielle Pyne on 13 Oct, 2019

Absolutely loved every minute of the challenge. Not much margin for error on this beauty

Deon Krahe on 30 Sep, 2019

Brilliant walk - definitely need some confidence with climbing. Not so much scramble as it is free solo at points. Good fun. Busy, so go early to avoid the crowds (and the unsolicited advice about foot and hand placement - people just trying to help, but figuring it out for yourself is part of the fun!).

Glang on 29 Sep, 2019

Pretty difficult in a few places, watch for falling rocks.

Clay on 22 Sep, 2019

If you can do Beerwah this one is a walk in the park. Not for your faint of hearts. If you’re not a climber, go with someone who has some experience. Need a reasonable level of fitness.

Kirk on 7 Sep, 2019

Did this for the first time as part of a successful one day, double summit attempt, along with Beerwah. Much less physically challenging than Beerwah, and as others have said, far better holds that inspire confidence.

Saw a lot of groups turn around at the beginning of chicken point - just take your time, follow the yellow markers, and take nice small easy steps and you'll find it far easier. Be patient, no need to rush.

The first two pitches of scrambling are the hardest and then it gets considerably easier from there.

Views from the top are amazing and well worth the effort. Even in August, and early morning, it was relatively hot and we easily went through 2L of water between 2 people.

Quite a quick one in the end. Took just over 2 hours with a considerable stop up at the summit for photos and some snacks.

10/10 Will definitely be back.

We went on to do Beerwah straight after, which was a little more challenging but so worth it.

Paul B on 25 Aug, 2019

Beautiful hike. Have done this a few times before but took our 6 year old son up this time. He loved it. A few challenging parts, but take your time and look for hand and foot holds and you will be fine. Once you make it passed the initial two sections it gets a bit easier. There was a rescue going on in the background when we went. The track was a little dry and dusty but there were plenty of people doing it. We saw a lot of people lose the mental challenge after the first few sections and return back. Just keep focussed on the hike and enjoy it.

Cityofangels on 17 Aug, 2019

Finally bagged this bad boy after nearly two years of climbing mountains around greater Brisbane. It plays a tough mental game, particularly just after chicken rock, but it's worth the effort, and not even the most taxing I've done.

JayWalker on 21 Jul, 2019

If you’ve done Beerwah, you can do Tibro.
I went in that order and found Tibro to be considerably less challenging physically, and climb wise, there are parts that are much steeper, but there are far more obvious hand holds and paths.
Still challenging, but if you’re put off by some of the comments just know that it’s absolutely doable! Pay attention, take it slow and this climb is suitable and fun for everyone.

ChrisK on 23 Jun, 2019

In my opinion the first first rock climb was the hardest.... I am petrified of heights and may have had a panic attack in this part but once I had gotten past it the climb was easier. Thoroughly enjoyed the climb back down, was not as scary. One you must do!!!

Kmacd on 16 Jun, 2019

I found parts of Mt Tibro just as scary as Mt Beerwah. I'm always afraid of coming down and there were parts where I had to turn and face the rock which makes it tricky to find where to place your feet. But is well worth the effort

Chris M on 7 Apr, 2019

6 of us went to hike up My Tibrogargan all for the first time. We knew it's steep but wasn't sure how much until we started to approach. Chicken rock was quiet short and intimidating step if you are scared of heights. After this step was fairly easy scramble but still steep. Beautiful view of Mt Beerwah and surrounding from just below the summit. All out team did exceptional work by looking after each other and making the hike successful.

Mark Aryal on 4 Feb, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCazpCKsUFo

FOR ANYONE WANTING A VISUAL OF THE CLIMB - It's a challenging climb to be sure.

Jared M Stegman on 26 Jan, 2019

Was a great trip to do Tibro after climbing Beerwah in Mid-2018. A shorter trip than Beerwah but probably steeper but with better grip so hard to say which is more challenging, each is unique and well worth doing if you have a head for heights.

Even in summer it is doable as the western face is fully shaded. Going up the caves route would be pretty toasty I imagine.

Most of the advice provided by others is pretty accurate, not loading yourself down is a good idea and having flexible shoes definitely helps. Generally speaking, there are plenty of alternative routes up other than the well worn track which aren't quite so eroded and therefore have better grip.

Can definitely get busy so giving way to other climbers can extend the time taken but pays to give people space and offer help if you feel comfortable. Having a spotter is great to assist with good handholds going up and down :-]

A good one to get the heart rate going and a nice workout before heading for a swim at one of the plentiful beaches nearby. Nice views towards the coast from the top and spot the city in the distance!

In summary: Great challenge and workout, anyone with a head for heights who takes their time should be able to manage, early morning would be the way to go as the route would bake in the afternoon.

Matty Vee on 19 Jan, 2019

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