Mount Wongawallan

Gold Coast

With multiple entrances to the reserve, it's your choice if you want a long or short walk either way there will be steep gradients. Once reaching the top of Mt Wongawallan you can find a deep hole, (assumed to be an old mine shaft) and a bit beyond that a wonderful lookout looking towards the Gold Coast Skyline.

Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

There are multiple entrances to the forest/reserve, all accessible by car (paved road). 

1. End of Wongawallan Drive; Wongawallan. Here you have to walk a few meters down someones driveway before reaching the nature reserve fence.
2. End of Crystal Creek Rd; Willow Vale. Starting through Crystal Creek Reserve.
3. End of Blacks Rd; Willow Vale {to be confirmed, looks like someones driveway}


Which maps cover the area?

Map of Wongawallan

Route/Trail notes

1. From the end of Wongawallan Drive. (1.5km return, 124m total ascent). Walk along the driveway to the nature reserve. From here follow the 4wd track along the ridge before climbing up a single track to the summit area where there is the deep hole (old mine shaft). The track then forks, right takes you to the lookout; left goes further downhill for more fire trails. No looping fire trail so return the way you came.

2. From the end of Crystal Creek Rd. (4km return, 300m total ascent). Track starts near the Crystal Creek Reserve Sign. From here you'll continue to follow a fire trail all the way to the top. There are several step and rocky sections. When you come to a T intersection turn left for the final ascent. Once at the top there are some pink ribbions guiding to the mineshaft, or you can follow the overgown (grass) path towards the lookout. You should be able to find the mineshaft/lookout by continuing in either direction. Return back the same way you came.

3. From the end of Blacks Rd. (#km return, ###m total ascent). ...



Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?


Lots of fallen branches blocking the path from Wongawallan Drive after the Christmas Day storm. There are ways around these but be careful of loose branches overhead. Also a LOT of mosquitoes.

JayWalker on 12 Jan, 2024

Nice views towards the east.

Wanderlust on 24 Mar, 2023

Track is quite rough - steep with no stairs. Saw a large monitor lizard on the way up

Boofy king on 3 Jan, 2022

We took the 4km option from Crystal Creek Road. It’s naturally uphill all the way but not ridiculously steep and easy to come back down. Lovely Australian Bush and we had it all to ourselves which is always nice.

Bobbe on 29 Dec, 2021

Banging view of GC but its a shame someone cut down trees to make the view. Easy and short walk to the top.

Lihz on 26 Dec, 2021

The 4WD track is quite flat, (around half way) then it gets quite step and rocky. The mine/well is pretty cool and definitely quite deep if you drop a rock in it. The view from the look out is worth the walk alone.

Maverick on 20 Jun, 2021

You can reach this Mountain from a few different sides, Cristal Creek Rd and Blacks Rd, Willow Vale are two other access points. There are a number of fire trails, more mine shafts and an abandoned mining camp in the area to discover as well, Its a nice area and close to civilization.

Olly on Jan, 2021


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