Mt Tibberoowuccum

Glass House Mountains

A steep walk to the summit of the mountain, a bit of an uneven but level scramble along the ridge for about 50m with a small 6-8m steep scramble to get to the peak at the end of it. Summit has spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and north to the Sunshine Coast. There are two alternative tracks which meet at the the top of the ridge at a point where an arrow painted on a rock directs you along the ridge to the summit. Take care as both tracks can be slippery after rain due to wet clay/ tree roots and loose shale at the top of the tracks can be a concern in any weather as well.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
220m
Maximum Elevation
158m
Total Climb

Getting there

From the Bruce Highway travelling north turn into Steve Irwin Drive and turn left just after Mt Tibrogargan over some railway lines into Barrs Rd (which eventually becomes Marsh's Rd).  Follow this to the new Mt Tibrogargan carpark, or park 200 metres further along, across the road from a gated 4WD track designated T-212, which is the start of the track up the Northern face. A second track up the South-Western face can be accessed by turning left at the intersection of Marsh's Rd and Old Gympie Rd and then taking the second gated 4WD track on the left off Old Gympie Rd. Drive towards the base of Mt Tibberoowuccum until you find a safe place to park on the side of the 4WD track. The road has recently been graded (August 2019) and is suitable for conventional vehicles. Several off-road parking spaces have also been created right at the start of the track. You will find the start of the SW track where the the 4WD track takes a sharp bend to the left (North) and also intersects with one coming up a steep gully from the right. Alternatively, you can access this same track from the Tibrogargan carpark by following the service roads and 4WD tracks around the Eastern and Southern sides of the mountain for a little over 2 km. For more detail, see the following Route/Trail notes.

Maps

 

Route/Trail notes

Northern track:

 From the new Mt Tibrogargan carpark go back out to Marsh's Rd and head left. Continue for 200 m along the road before entering the gated 4wd track marked as T212 on your left. Head right at each fork and follow the track for about 300m. After coming up a large dip in the track, keep a lookout on the left side of the track for a small cairn marking the start of the climb. From here it is easy to keep to the track all the way to the top. When you reach what appears to be the summit that is obscured by trees (and both trails converge) follow the ridge towards Mt Tibrogargan (East) and scramble up a 6-8m knob to the absolute summit. Retrace your steps to the bottom or descend via the south ridge to the 4WD trails as detailed below. 

South Western track:

Follow the gated service road at the southern end of the new Mt Tibrogargan carpark for 500-600m and then take the first 4WD track to the right (designated T-215 if the sign is there). Follow this for a  a further 1.5 km, keeping the mountain on your right. Follow the 4WD track till you get to the south western side of the mountain and look for an intersecting 4WD track on your left coming from Old Gympie road heading up a moderate incline. When your get to the top of the incline you will see the  track ascending the mountain straight ahead. It is marked with a couple of 600mm high Koppers logs set in the ground. Follow this up for about 15-20 minutes until it levels out and keep walking carefully East along the ridge till you get to a rocky bluff and an relatively safe and easy scramble to the top. Excellent views from here. To descend retrace your steps or come down the Northern track to meet up with the T-212 4WD track and back to Marsh's Rd and the nearby Tibrogargan carpark. If you elect to retrace your steps down the mountain, when back at the 4WD track at the foot of the mountain, you can either turn left or right and follow the 4WD trails around the base in either direction till you are back at either the start of T-212 or T-215 and continue back to the carpark. The North Western 4WD track around the base is much more difficult than the one around the South of the mountain which is really just an enjoyable walk with nice views across to Mt Beerburrum and the Jack Ferris lookout.

The South western track can also be accessed by turning left at the intersection of Marsh's Rd and Old Gympie Rd and then taking the second gated 4WD track on the left off Old Gympie Rd and driving / walking back east toward the foot of the mountain. You will need to park off-road. 

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References

The Peak Baggers Guide to the Sunshine Coast ( although parking information out of date)

Comments

Walked the 4WD tracks around the base as I hadn't been on the North West section between the two trail entrances before. Some steep gullies as you can see from the photo. Three km round trip from the Tibrogargan carpark. I suggest doing it clockwise, starting at the gate to the access road to the south, just near the Tibro carpark amenities block.
The gated 4WD track leading in from Old Gympie road to the South West track has been recently graded and some car parking spaces created so that you can virtually drive straight to the start on the track and park safely off-road in a conventional vehicle if you don't wish to walk around the base. I also climbed both tracks to the summit a week or so ago. There is a lot of debris on the SE track,which is also quite eroded toward the bottom, and the Northern track has a lot of slippery shale at the top and dry hard clay from midway to the bottom. All-in-all, quite slippery at the moment so wear good shoes and take care. I'm starting to see more people doing this climb so it appears to be getting better known and more popular. I also recently spoke to a woman who told me see goes up via an alternative track through rainforest but she never got around to telling me where it was exactly.

JBD4511 on 30 Aug, 2019

Underrated walk. Only 2 other people on the track so nice and peaceful. Very steep and slippery in places as it was dusty but easy enough to navigate with proper hiking shoes. Made it to the first summit which was lovely but decided not to scale the small wall to the top as my younger son didnt have sturdy enough shoes on (in my opinion or I was just being a chicken haha). Great walk. Will be back to do the true summit.

Samantha Lee on 24 Aug, 2019

Certainly is one of the most underrated of all the Glasshouse Mountains summit hikes. What Tibberoo lacks in size, it makes up for in magical views. I'm enjoying this mountain to myself at sunrise (see the photos section).

Dennis on 24 Aug, 2019

1.52 hrs 2.94 km

Kmxfitness on 20 Jul, 2019

Took our 3 boys up (5, 7 and 9) - they love it even though it’s a bit slippery with the dirt track. Great views from summit after short scramble.

Juiced Pixels on 16 Jun, 2019

Steep walk to the top with a bit of climbing toward the end. We reached the summit in 20 minutes from the time we turned off the four wheel drive track at the rock pile... I think 80 minutes is very generous for this hike. Great views from the top.

Hannah on 9 Jun, 2019

Unexpectedly great views. Very poorly signed, we parked up from Tibrogargan and entered through one of the 4wd tracks and walked that for maybe 200m until we saw a pile of rocks which showed a faint track, followed it all the way up for a small scramble to the top of the mountain. Amazing view of Tibrogargan, well worth a look.

xxxNickyxxx on 25 May, 2019

Went a day after it rained using the entrance closest to Tibrogargan car park, quite difficult at the start since it was very muddy and quite a steep incline. Moving forward was a lot easier, rock scramble to the summit was a little intimidating since this is my first climb but was probably the easiest part of the climb. Would definitely recommend since this is a pretty underused track, would love to go again.

Campbell on 21 May, 2019

Fantastic views and a great walk. We did this walk for mothers day with a 3 and 5yr old, and we were the only people on the track which was great. The 5 year old was fine, but I probably only recommend taking a 3 year old if you are an adventurous spirit!
The track is steep, and loose in parts, and there is a small scramble at the top of the mountain, but the views tat he top were graet and the kids enjoyed the challenge.
A relatively quick walk compared to neighbouring walks.

Stevo on 12 May, 2019

Great walk, super steep but not too hard. I was worried about the climb at the end but it was easy enough, even for someone terrified of heights

Donnelle Brooks on 9 May, 2019

Did this walk again for 2nd week in a row. we had planned to abseil the 50 metre section from the summit. but torrential rain halted our plans we tried the following weekend and had near perfect conditions.
was truly awesome to get that viewpoint suspended from the cliffs.
this is a truly awesome peak and highly underrated.
will post a video of our experience on my (gizmo's adventures
utube channel soon )

gizmobazz on 27 Apr, 2019

The start of the track is easy to find (I started at the 4WD track marked T-212 and up the Northern face) and despite the fact that the Tibrogargan car park was packed, I only saw a group of 4 people at the top, which was great. I did get a little concerned when I got to the top and there was rain coming from the east and west but they didn’t touch the mountain, yay. I really didn’t think I’d find the track back down the southern side (didn’t see the arrow painted on the rock) but once I’d resigned myself to going back down the way I came I found the track. You basically need to turn around as if you’re heading back down and you’ll see it off to your left. Take something for the mozzies, they’re pretty bad.

Jenny O on 19 Apr, 2019

After a bit of a false start of missing the track, I found the 'cairn' (stack of rocks) indicating the start of the track and enjoyed the steep climb to the top. Great combination of cardio, uphill walking as well as some scrambling and a small amount of climbing to reach the summit. Take aeroguard!

Chris M on 8 Apr, 2019

Did this as the third hike of the day after Mt Coochin and Mt Ngungun. If you're just going to the summit and back you can do this in half the time. Has a great view of Tibrogargan and most of the other Glass house mountains.

JayWalker on 7 Apr, 2019

Great views of Tibrogargan and the other Glasshouse Mountains from this short walk

MattyM on 2 Mar, 2019

this trail entrance was hard to find. it starts as walking on the 4wd trail off Marshs rd, just past the Mt Tibrogargan carpark (heading away from Mt tibrogargan then past its carpark). we didnt come across anyone else on a Saturday afternoon. we came to where we assumed was the end of the trail but glad we had the Alltrails map open because we followed it to the very end where there was some rock scrambling.. not much. my husbands favourite of the four Glasshouse mountains we have hiked! use mosquito spray.. they were biting us in large numbers at certain points in the trail! spectacular view of tibrogargan, coonowrin, mt beerwah, the twins etc. I read online that kids could do this, but I wouldnt take my children due to the rock scrambling and have to be careful near the edges.. its such a long way to drop. not a long hike so theres a fair bit of steep hiking. I post photos of my hikes to instagram.com/spring_beans am based in the Sunshine Coast :)

Hannah MC on Feb, 2019

Took our five and seven year old kids up. It was harder than a few weeks ago as it as was dusty from the lack of rain which made it super slippery and there was a lot of bum sliding coming down.

The kids enjoyed the small scramble at the end.

Great views at summit - lots of insects at the summit like all the glasshouse mountains.

Juiced Pixels on 20 Jan, 2019

I would say that this is a surprisingly underrated mountain. Not terribly high, can get to the top in under 20 minutes, however the view is excellent. The track is easy to follow (so long as you can find the entrance to it), with piles of rocks to mark the way. There is a little fake summit with a view then a track to the actual summit which as people have mentioned, involves a slight scramble (like a mini version of the Mt Warning scramble, so not hard). At the top you are greeted with a commanding view of all the Glasshouse mountains. I would consider it a good quiet alternative to Mt Ngungun, didn't see a single person up there.

Vonsnrub on 4 Jan, 2019

Final peak of three in one morning

Super easy to get to if you park opposite the start of the 202 4WD track as the car park referenced in notes is now the Tibrogargan main car park.

Great views and a nice little scramble at the end. I wouldn’t say this is hard but it was fun.

https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/mt-tibberoowuccum-31745980

Juiced Pixels on 30 Dec, 2018

Nice in the cloud and rain for a change

drewmac on 16 Dec, 2018

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