Mount Tibrogargan Summit

Glass House Mountains National Park
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Almost a free climb instead of a hike.

It’s quite tricky to actually find it. Come off the Steve Irwin way at Matthew something park and drive around the back and through a tight railway tunnel then off to the right. You’ll pass some farming sheds on your right and the track to the car park is on your left.

According to Jinibara people’s lore and custom, Beerwah is the ancestral, pregnant mother. Tibrogargan is seen as the father with Ngungun, his faithful dingo, lying at his feet. The mountains around them are their children. Coonowrin is the eldest. The others are Beerburrum, Coochin, Elimbah, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai, Tunbubudla and, the youngest is currently known as Wild Horse Mountain.

Aboriginal people do not climb these mountains out of spiritual respect to Jinibara and Kabi Kabi peoples. They ask that visitors refrain from climbing them for the same reason.

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

Getting there:

From Steve Irwin way from the Bruce Highway. Turn on to Barrs Rd to get to Tibrogargan.

Maps:

Glass House Mountains Walking Tracks

Route/Trail notes:

Start on the Tibrogargan circuit walk and eventually you'll get to a sign pointing to the summit. It goes up pretty steeply until you get to the base of a cliff. From this point follow obvious wear marks to scramble up and up and up. Eventually it levels off with more bush and you're at the 364 metre summit!

Other References/Comments:

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/pdf/glass-house-guide.pdf

Comments

Four times today. 1hr 40 minutes total.

Chesspeople on 27 Aug, 2021

After months of doubting I could do this climb, I finally did it! Definitely’froze’ on the rocks a few times but had to keep moving forward so I did! I found the hardest part just after chicken rock, not as many hand holds as I would have liked, but after that part it was amazing! Stunning views from the top. My biggest stress once reaching the summit was having to go down the scary part again however it was easier going down. Chicken rock was also easier going down than up, in my opinion anyway. Went with a girlfriend who has climbed Tibro more than 10 times and who was a great guide for me. Loved it!

Mandy on 7 Jul, 2021

Ok so embarked around 8.30 Monday morning in hope to conquer this one. Parked at the rock climbers car park and followed the 'you are here' signs to reach the summit and fulfill a dream to climb Tib. Sadly due to rocks falling it was closed. The walk up to the summit was lovely, well manicured and signed with excellent reference to neighboring mountains along the way. Continued along the walk around the base of tib and saw a hidden path which led to a sign that had pictures of rock climbers with equipment so knew that was definitely not the path to continue on and to accept that dreams of climbing Tib for now must wait. I will be watching for when it opens again as I am still eager to fully complete this climb.

Valda Wakefield on 28 Jun, 2021

Ok so embarked around 8.30 Monday morning in hope to conquer this one. Parked at the rock climbers car park and followed the 'you are here' signs to reach the summit and fulfill a dream to climb Tib. Sadly due to rocks falling it was closed. The walk up to the summit was lovely, well manicured and signed with excellent reference to neighboring mountains along the way. Continued along the walk around the base of tib and saw a hidden path which led to a sign that had pictures of rock climbers with equipment so knew that was definitely not the path to continue on and to accept that dreams of climbing Tib for now must wait. I will be watching for when it opens again as I am still eager to fully complete this climb.

Valda Wakefield on 28 Jun, 2021

Pb 17.5 minutes up today. Still one of the most beautiful places ever. View never gets old .

Chesspeople on 7 Apr, 2021

I relatively hard hike or an easy rock climb, in my opinion was easier than beerwah and took slightly less time and the walk was poorly signposted. But overall was a nice and I would happily do again

Polarbear88 on 28 Mar, 2021

Have climbed this mountain several times and intend to return several times. I travel almost an hour from Coolum just to climb this mountain. Extremely fun climbing up and sliding down! I've seen lots of people freeze from fear on the side of the cliff, so if you're scared of heights, I would not recommend (try Ngungun). Go early on the w/e, or go during the week to avoid too many people as there are small sections of climbing only, and you will get lots of slow people that you will just have to wait for to get past. I have waited quite a while at times (nothing against these people AT ALL and I'm sooo glad they're out here doing it! I just get really excited and just want to climb!) And it gets quite dangerous with falling rocks and people above and below you. Anyways it's a bloody fun time and one of my favourites! Big love.

TheImperialHiker on 13 Feb, 2021

This hike is insane. Made it up the first part of chicken rock and called it a day. Went back down another way which was much easier. I like to think I'm quiet experience with rock scrambling but this was to much.

Frenzy Adventures on 12 Feb, 2021

We started this at the car park known as "Mount Tibrogargan Rock Climbers’ Carpark" on Google Maps. From here, follow the circuit and sign-posts until you reach the base of the climb. This is the first time I've done what would be considered a rock climb and found it fairly straightforward. 40 minutes up and 30 minutes down.

lathan on 8 Feb, 2021

Did Tibro 4 times in a row today! took about 1hr return each time. Some people can do it in under 20 minutes return! Still not an easy mountain for first timers and not to be taken lightly.

Chesspeople on 5 Feb, 2021

A bit challenging but nothing crazy. Some steep sections to climb so make sure you’re confident in your climbing skills and holding up your own body weight. Overall very fun hike! Dont recommend doing it at midday on a hot summers day like we did 😅

Kaina on 31 Jan, 2021

Having done Mount Beerwah two days ago I can confidently say that Mount Tibrogargan is the easier of the two. The climbing section is a little shorter, the climb has lots more hand and foot holds, and the angle of the slope is a little less steep. A great climb but if you are inexperienced, like me, only go with a group of experienced climbers. Also take insect repellent, there were lots of mozzies!

Olwyn on 29 Dec, 2020

Up to chicken rock only, step risers were quite high in the last section. Good views and good challenge, got heart rate up to fat burning zone. Cooled down with circuit track afterwards.

Anonymous on 28 Dec, 2020

Started just after 6:PM from the base. Took 21 minutes up. Left top at 6:37pm 2 minutes before sunset (which was cloud covered) almost halfway down it rained heaps! Became slippery. I wouldn't recommend it in the rain. Got to the bottom of chicken rock just after 7 and turned on my torch and then realized what an idiot I am for not using it 20 minutes earlier! What I did today was insane so please respect the risk associated with climbing Tibrogargan. I was confident only because it was my 5th time. My first time on October 15 I took almost 3 hrs return.

Chesspeople on 16 Dec, 2020

Awesome hike I can’t wait to do it again for sunrise.
Only do this hike if you’re ok with heights.
Definitely wouldn’t be safe in the rain season.

Carla on 5 Oct, 2020

Challening climb due to 55-60 degree incline basically all the way up, but with steady pace and an eye out for hand and foot holds this climb is easily achievable.

Fantastic views at the summit, be sure to check out the rock outcrop for good photo opportunities.

HikingBiker on 19 Sep, 2020

I totally overestimated myself and underestimated all advice about this climb. I ignored all advice and 1. climbed alone, 2. climbed in the rain, 3. climbed outside of my comfort zone. I was meant to climb with a beginner group but when I got there they had cancelled. I followed a well set out path to what they call Chicken Rock and this is where my buddy tapped out. There is no shame in stopping here believe me. Up I went. Thankfully 2 experienced climbers from our group found me and coached me up and down. I wanted that pic from the top and the bragging rights back at the bottom. Personally I found it terrifying. I rarely maintained 3 points of contact and had no idea where to put my feet or where to find a grip hold. This is extremely doable, but I can't stress enough that you should go with someone experienced. Coming down was easier but only because of the experienced men I was with. There were still a couple of places where I was terrified but to put it in perspective, one of my buddies walked most of the way down. I can't wait to do it again but this time I'll heed all advice and will not go without our group. The top IS AMAZING. Enjoy

Tess on 15 Aug, 2020

Amazing climb, recommending to everyone who is not scary of hights and love adventures. 100% of focus is requested for most of the time as it can be dangerous. Loved it and would do it again 😊

Asha on 11 Jul, 2020

Much better to do this hike on a week day. There were still a few others on the mountain but not nearly as much as on the weekend.

Jacquie LeVay on 8 Jul, 2020

A short walk to the base of tibro, where the scramble starts at Chicken rock. It took me about 40 mins to reach the summit, and about 30 mins back down, with 15 mins at the summit to take photos and hydrate myself. Not for the faint-hearted or those who are afraid of hights.

0zzyDave1234 on 6 Jul, 2020

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