Mt Coochin (East and West Peaks)

Glass House Mountains
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This is a great scramble on a pretty twin peak mountain, with some outstanding views of the Glass House Mountains region to the south and the Brisbane CBD in the far distance.

Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Take the Steve Irwin Way off the Bruce Highway and turn west into the Beerwah township. Follow the Kilcoy-Beerwah/Peachester Road and turn left into Old Gympie Road. After 1km, turn into the driveway of house number 2,672 and to the right, follow the fence past the palm trees and park near the gate with Mt Coochin National Park sign.


Glass House Mountains

Route/Trail notes:

You have two option here: up and back or up and over! Past the gate, follow the track for 50m to your right to the intersection (this track circumvents the whole mountain) turn left and after 100m, look for the trail on your right, which is marked with pink flagging tape.

Follow this path steeply uphill until you reach the first summit. After exploring this area, face the second summit and follow the obvious ridge down. At the bottom, is a gully with steep sides; take care descending and follow a faint path up the other side; in some places it requires some scrambling. When you arrive at the second peak, have a good look round and see the other peaks in the area.

Return the way you came, or follow a very, very faint trail heading South East (now has pink flagging tape), which steeply descends towards the 'circumvention' track, where you turn left back to the start.

There is also another track down heading directly north. It is easy to lose the trail and you may well find yourself 'bush-bashing' down the steep overgrown gully cliff face. Once you hit the bottom 'circumvention' track, turn left to return to your start point.



Other References/Comments:

Be aware, that the South Eastern and Northern tracks down are not well defined, slippery with plenty of loose rock.


Mount Coochin is one of the easier but more rewarding Glass House Mountains as it has two peaks with two different views and is a nice easy climb to the top. When you reach the most westerly summit there is a track to the eastern summit which is fun to climb down and up onto the eastern summit which personally, I prefer.

Apparently, popularity has grown for Mount Coochin in recent times, but weeds and trash are scarce so I wouldn't have known otherwise. This is what Ngungun used to be like, or so I am told.

basalamant on 2020

Great hike with short but challenging peaks. Slippery on the way back down.

Whicheverway on 11 Aug, 2019

The trail notes are pretty accurate, however if you take the SE Ridge trail back, which I don't recommend if you're not a bushwalker, turn left not right when you reach the circumvention track. If you go right you come out on a road.

Jeff on 4 Aug, 2019

Lovely! Really enjoyed it. Easy climb and good exercise at the same time. It has two summits so it felt like we climbed two mountains in one morning. Beautiful views as always!

Innessa on 30 Jul, 2019


Naomi Bradley on 2 Jul, 2019

Tracks were a little hard to find, we walked from the carpark and took the right fork all the way to the end where there was a house saying private property, saw a very faint track and walked that way up through the bush. Great views of Beerwah and Coonowrin on the way up. Summit was pretty also. We walked the west peak first which was good because we finished on the east peak which was much nicer with a small scramble to the top.

xxxNickyxxx on 25 May, 2019

Awesome little adventure track - up both twins and back again in 1hr. Lovely view of Tibro, Crook Neck and Beerwah from the East Twin, would be nice sunset viewing! Not too many mozzies either!

Chris M on 18 Apr, 2019

Great hike with two peaks. Some scrambling, but nothing too tricky. Up and down the main tracks in one hour and twenty minutes.

Hannah on 15 Apr, 2019

Did this walk as the first of three in a day. Excellent views of the glasshouse mountains from the West peak. From the East summit we headed down the South-East ridge and had to do a bit of bush bashing. It does come out on the circuit trail so just follow the path left to return to the carpark. A decent hike to take newcomers on to get a taste of scrambling and climbing.

JayWalker on 7 Apr, 2019

Went with the kids up the western peak, down the saddle and up to the eastern peak. From there, we followed the directions on the site to head south east down to the fire break.
The trail down the east peak heading down the ridge is non existent. There were sections where it was easy and obvious, but they were few and far between and very overgrown.

Id suggest finding the route up the eastern peak from the north, and heading down the west peak on the most used trail.

Greg Mac on 24 Mar, 2019

Nice walk, the track down from the second peak is hard to follow but easy enough to find your way down to the fire trail that goes around the base

MattyM on 24 Feb, 2019

I really struggled to find the trail carpark. Type 2672 Old Gympie Rd into your GPS. This one is not a popular walking trail so at first I left when I was a lone female and came back with my husband. Near the start of the trail we turned right instead of left and ended up near someone's private property, so the trails need signage. Just walking up to the closest peak was exhausting enough (high and steep) but not in a bad way, we went back down the way we came instead of doing the trail loop. Beautiful views, quiet and private at the summit. Wildlife about but saw no snakes. next time I wouldnt mind spending more time at the summit.. bring some food or drinks or both. I post photos of my hikes to am based in the Sunshine Coast :)

Hannah MC on 26 Jan, 2019

Nice easy hike to the summit, reminded me a lot of Mt Coolum. Views from the Western (larger) summit were good, however slightly blocked by scrub. Was nice seeing all the Glasshouse Mountains from the north for once. The track is very well marked, was expecting it to be like Mt Miketeebumulgrai but was pleasantly surprised.

Vonsnrub on 26 Jan, 2019

I personally prefer to keep walking another 300m and ascend the eastern peak. The trail up this peak is slightly harder to spot but still pretty obvious (its about 50m past the fern filled creek). This first ascent will be slightly harder than the western peak but makes for an easier trip overall as you don't need to descend this way (smooth rocks vs regular trail on the west peak) or backtrack over the western peak again.

The descent and climb of the western peak is much easier this way, and although it is rockier I wouldn't call any part of this hike a scramble.

If you're just after the great views I would recommend just going up this way and returning the same way. The western summit offers little views.

greatsouthernman on 5 Jan, 2019

Enjoyed this walk. Went the wrong way at the intersection and ran into some houses but turned around and got back on the right track.
Good cardio on the way up. Was concerned about the scrambling but it wasn’t an issue, was able to walk up without using my hands and my fear of heights wasn’t activated. Will do again!!

Tegan on 25 Dec, 2018

Love this mountain! Beautiful views. Moderate scramble between mountains.

Rebecca on 24 Nov, 2018

Partner and I have done this climb multiple times from both directions. Excellent exercise, great views. If you're looking for a view with a quick bushwalk where you're unlikely to see any people, this is a great option. Definitely do both peaks, as there is a lot of wildlife to be seen andneach oeak has slightly different scrub up the top which means different exoskeletal critters.

The climb is also great excercise - you're in the sun a fair bit so slip slop slap and on this climb it is definitely advised that you take water (especially since the track isn't massively defined). We've seen snakes up here, so keep your eyes peeled and you might spot one!

QldClimberWalker on Oct, 2018

What a wonderful walk. Couldn’t find the south-east track at all ... maybe next time I’ll look harder for it.
Great views and I had the track all to myself (for the better part).

Stephen M on 16 Sep, 2018

Amazing views from the top was the reward after 20 mins vertical climb from the beginning.

Samantha on 7 Jul, 2018

Came from the South end - off the usual track and went down off track as well. Did it with a group from Meet Up. Easy - an hour return. Good leg burner as we kept stepping up on rocks.
Bush bashing most of the way up from the south end.

Celine on 1 Jul, 2018


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