Yul-yan-man Track

Glass House Mountains
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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.

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest

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 into the trailhead for Beerburrum.

As part of the Glass House Mountains National Park upgrade, the access road and car park to Mount Beerburrum is now closed. Access to the Mount Beerburrum summit walk and Yul-yan-man track is now via the Beerburrum trailhead, located in the township, adjacent to Beerburrum State School.

Maps:

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.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

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

A few people have had difficulty with this walk, so I have changed it from 'Medium' to 'Hard'.

Comments

Some very slippery surfaces and steep but we enjoyed it. Luckily it wasn’t too hot! Do not go without hiking shoes!

2_wanderers_on_the_road on 29 Sep, 2020

Fun trail. A good mixture of rock scrambling, good views, and bush walk.

Warm up on Beerburrum first 😂

Mr. Ningles on 19 Sep, 2020

3.5hr total time (2:40 moving time)

Camilla More on 13 Sep, 2020

Great Challenge! well signed and a great triumph to complete. great views in places and a bit of scrambling here and there. Would recommend going in the morning, especially if in summer as it is quite exposed in places. Could be tricky in the wet.

Dane Patrick on 16 Aug, 2020

I've done this track 2 times and loved both. Started at the bottom of Beerburrum summit trail and finished via settlers Ridge. Its a long but lovely walk. Recommend good shoes, snacks and plenty of water. Took about 3.5 hours both times and that includes stopping at the lookouts.

Katie May on Jul, 2020

Loved this track! Was well aware of the rock scramble for the first part of the walk, but wasn’t quite ready for the decent towards the end - a fairly smooth, almost slippery Rock slide. We managed it fine, but wouldn’t want to do it in the wet.
Definitely appreciated the Soldier Settlers track for the return walk.

MandaPanda on 17 Jun, 2020

Great track. It is incredibly well-marked and worn - so if you don't see a pink marker in a while then backtrack! We ended up getting off track in in the Mt Beerburrum section.. and had an arduous bush bashing journey to find it again. Took 3 hours in the 10km loop return via Soldier's - and that was with a significant delay in getting lost at the start.

ct__ on 12 Jun, 2020

We really enjoy this track. This is our second time. It's challenging in places and both times we've managed to lose the track. We've ended up in the same place both times, simply because you can't go any further. We don't think we're the only ones to do it, but the scramble down the hill to where you can see a pink ribbon on a tree is tricky. It's amazing how many people are doing this track now. It's not as busy as the mountain, but definitely more people than you would expect and many more than last time.

Ian and Sue on 2 Jun, 2020

This track is great! The scrambling was easy, and there were no long steep gruelling sections (thumbs up!) Don't bother with hiking poles, they are just a hassle to carry. Beautiful scenery. It was max 22 but still got hot, so go early if you can. Came back via Trachyte/Soldier-Settler's. Will be back and take in the full Trachtye and Tibro circuits. This is definitely in my top 3 fave SEQ hikes so far.

sarasvati on 30 May, 2020

We really enjoy this track. This is our second time. It's challenging in places and both times we've managed to lose the track. We've ended up in the same place both times, simply because you can't go any further. We don't think we're the only ones to do it, but the scramble down the hill to where you can see a pink ribbon on a tree is tricky. It's amazing how many people are doing this track now. It's not as busy as the mountain, but definitely more people than you would expect and many more than last time.

Ian and Sue on 24 May, 2020

Good walking offering some nice challenges and spectacular views.

Big Al on 4 May, 2020

I did this walk with my children and they loved every minute of it.

Victoria on 3 Apr, 2020

Great walk, probably gets hot in summer though

Dan on Apr, 2020

Lots of fun, a bit of climbing/scrambling first up & plenty of different terrain along the trail. Came back via Soldiers-Settlers track which made it easy as you are getting tired.Highly reccomended

Bribie 61 on 15 Mar, 2020

my favorite track in the GHM

andre on 28 Dec, 2019

I started this walk at around 06:00 and finished at around 10:00 after stopping to take lots of photographs along the way. The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning. I did not encounter any other people on this track but there were rock climbers/abseilers in the area.

You have to be comfortable scrambling/climbing over rocks (some quite large) in order to do this walk. In one section, you have to descend a steep rock face. I will post a photo of this.

I didn't encounter any snakes, just a lace monitor, toads, a leech and lots of interesting birds.

Do take lots of water- I finished my 3 litres by the end.

I would do this walk again- it's a fun adventure. I did this walk solo with no problems.

BalticAussie on 2 Dec, 2019

Good walk with some tricky parts mostly at the start just after the beerburrum carpark.

Did it in 2hr50min on a 32º day, taking a few stops along the lookouts while at a good pace rock hopping along the way. Returned to Beerburrum school carpark via Trachyte and Soldier trails, for a round trip of about 10.8km.

Take plenty of water. The views are great, the track changes so stays interesting and is not too crowded. Probably the best track of the glasshouse.

Greg Mac on 24 Nov, 2019

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

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