Yul-yan-man Track

Glass House Mountains

Breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, rock scrambling challenges and diverse plant communities await you are you skirt Mt Beerburrum and then transverse the Trachyte Ridge, before reaching a heath covered bluff and descending into the open eucalypt forest below.

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

Getting there:

Follow M1 'Bruce Highway' north from Brisbane for 55km. Leave the highway onto Steve Irwin Way, signposted Beerwah and Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive. After 4.5km turn left into Beerburrum Road (signposted Mt Beerburrum Lookout) and turn right after 900m onto a short gravel road to the car park and start of the Yul-yan-man Track and Mount Beerburrum Lookout walk.


Glass House Mountains

Route/Trail notes:

From behind the information board in the car park, the signposted precarious track heads off right around Mt Beerburrum. This 'Hard' 800m section, is not the base of the mountain, but about half way up and requires you to scramble over boulders, across bare rock face and along narrow ledges.

There are triangular distance markers along the route to help keep you on track.

From here, a 'Medium' rubble strewn track leads along the Trachyte Ridge to the first lookout on your left. The track continues along the ridge until you reach the 'bluff' and the second lookout to your right. You then have a steep slippery descent down to the end of the track (1km), where it meets the Trachyte Circuit.

From here, you have the choice to return by the same route, or an easier, but longer 5.5km option is to turn right along the Trachyte Circuit and then right again along the Soldier Settler's Trail.



Other References/Comments:

It is interesting, that as you walk along, different mountains come in to view, then disappear and another looms up.



That was a great walk and we’re surprised it’s not better known because it’s really good though quite challenging. There’s lots of variety too. We work the alternative route back rather than back-tracking and it took three and a half hours. Along the way we met the man who posted in April about falling over the side. We saw him at the end of the track where it meets the trachyte track and can confirm that he has conquered the walk. He’s done well!

Ian and Sue on 17 Aug, 2019

Yes, won the rematch but took it very slowly. Nice chatting with you Ian and Sue. I still found it quite difficult myself, at least some sections (but overall varied and challenging) , even though I am far fitter and stronger than I was when I had my fall some months back. when the track was first opened. Others shouldn't be deterred. I passed a group just near the large rocky bluff at the end of YYM recently (yes, I was sniffing around) - male and female aged from their mid seventies to 84. Also met another 84 yo and his wife doing the track today. He left me sitting in his dust. Tells me he regularly does YYM and back via SS Trail in four hours. ... I wish ! Most people I talk to who have done YYM don't seem to find it that difficult, but I'm inclined to rate it Hard (as it was when it first opened) rather than Medium myself. It's by all means doable, just take care and stay within your comfort zone. One note of warning: there is a large white tree trunk across the track at 600-700 metres. Two trails start at the other side of the log - as I later discovered. Take the bottom,less obvious, one - that's the main track . I took the top one which is far more difficult and eventually requires that you make a very steep descent on your backside down to the proper track a couple of hundred metres later.

JBD4511 on 17 Aug, 2019

I really enjoyed this walk it's a hidden surprise. I've done many walks in the Glasshouse mountains over the years and didn't know this existed. The start of the walk is fairly steep and as a bit of rock scrambling but it's still very enjoyable as you walk around the mountain you get to see views of all the other mountains which is exceptional. Look-out on the top is fabulous spot to have your morning tea. There's a lot of variety in the terrain and the path but it's basically quite a comfortable walk. We went to the end and then came around by the Tracchyte circuit, lots of wild flowers in blossom and a sound of birds in the air will do this again - beautiful. 3.5hours.

Annette A on 9 Aug, 2019

Awesome track. I really enjoyed this one. we combined it with a slight detour to the Jack Ferris lookout and then a walk to the top of Beerburrum at the end. A nice walk.

Juiced Pixels on 7 Jul, 2019

Really enjoyed this walk, little bit of scrambling, some great views also. Did it in the rain and still was really enjoyable.

xxxNickyxxx on 6 Jul, 2019

Went solo on this one did it in just under 3 hrs the first section is very rough and extra caution is needed if its been raining navigation wasnt too bad but it woulsnt be hard to get lost at times as there r sections without trail markers till u eventually link up again on trachyte circuit i really would push for people to watch there footing during the rocky part and the boulders as i managed to trip and fall twice on large loose rocks and had a brief encounter with a baby brown snake apart from that it was alot of fun great views beautiful sounds of nature

mitchell baker on 18 Jun, 2019

Amazing walk - varied terrain and rock scrambling kept things interesting.

Whicheverway on Jun, 2019

What a wonderful track. With Mount Ngungun closed I started looking for new tracks and am now grateful as I may never have walked this track. I’ve now already done it three times. First time I underestimated how long it would take and ended up walking back along Settlers rd in the dark. Second time we took two cars and parked one at the Tibrogargan car park and walked one way. And the last time I walked from Beerburrum to the lookout and then back along the same track and then pushed my legs up Beerburrum for the sunset. It would have to be my new favourite in the area. :)

Zoem on 5 May, 2019

I did this walk about 8 weeks ago. and fell over the side (headfirst / backwards)and had just crawled back to the top when my phone rang - would you believe, RACQ Careflight looking for a donation. That's extortion. I told them to stuff the donation and just send a Medivac. To their credit they took me seriously and I had some difficulty reassuring them that I got myself into this mess, had a phone (obviously)and an EPIRB, and could probably get myself out. I did - several hours later as the sun was just setting and looking like I'd just done battle with a YOWI Monster. and not before a couple of more heavy falls along the way. I regretted that decision more than once. But great job these people do. I've since made a donation. I choose to do the trail backwards via Soldiers Settlers / Trachyite circuits thinking coming down the steep bit near the carpark would be easier than going up for a 68 yo man. ... wrong! My take on this walk is that it's very challenging but interesting and quite varied. It requires a good mix of technical skills, strength and stamina ( all of which I lacked after 8-9 months of continuous illness). Start early, take plenty of water as it's hot up there along the ridgeline and don't treat this trail as casually as I did. Will I do it again" absolutely, but the other way round next time - and when the cellulitis has gone and the MCL ligament I tore has healed and I get back to an appropriate level of fitness. I didn't see any myself, but I was told by another hiker he had seen five Eastern Browns when he did the trail a few days earlier - my swearing may have frightened them off. Thanks to the young man who gave me a lift from the trail carpark back to the School where my own car was parked. He only saved me a kilometer but it was going to be a hard one. For the record, there is supposed to be a tap somewhere at the Beerburrum Carpark but I couldn't find it. Perhaps someone can advise. I was pretty dehydrated by the time I got there even though I'd taken several litres of water with me.

JBD4511 on 23 Apr, 2019

Absolutely loved this trail! A good mixture of all terrain walking, some scrambling and minimal climbing. Approximately 2.5-3hrs from the Beerburrum lookout carpark.

Chris M on 15 Apr, 2019

Great walk but the mosquitoes we’re horrendous.

MattyM on 10 Mar, 2019

The rock scrambling portion makes it fun. Do wear appropriate footwear though ! Nice views along the way

J on 17 Feb, 2019

The word Yul-yan-man in the Kabi Kabi language means 'to walk slowly' and that is exactly what you have to do on this walk. The terrain is rough, the track narrow and the views you just have to stop and admire.
A new local walk for me, but its return distance and 31° January heat took its toll.

F.A.B. on 21 Jan, 2019


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