Mt Coochin (East and West Peaks)

Glass House Mountains National Park

This is a great scramble on a pretty twin peak mountain, with some outstanding views of the Glass House Mountains region to the south and the Brisbane CBD in the far distance.

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

Getting there:

Take the Steve Irwin Way off the Bruce Highway and turn west into the Beerwah township. Follow the Kilcoy-Beerwah/Peachester Road and turn left into Old Gympie Road. After 1km, turn into the driveway of house number 2,672 and to the right, follow the fence past the palm trees and park near the gate with Mt Coochin National Park sign.


Glass House Mountains

Route/Trail notes:

You have two option here: up and back or up and over! Past the gate, follow the track for 50m to your right to the intersection (this track circumvents the whole mountain) turn left and after 100m, look for the trail on your right, which is marked with pink flagging tape.

Follow this path steeply uphill until you reach the first summit. After exploring this area, face the second summit and follow the obvious ridge down. At the bottom, is a gully with steep sides; take care descending and follow a faint path up the other side; in some places it requires some scrambling. When you arrive at the second peak, have a good look round and see the other peaks in the area.

Return the way you came, or follow a very, very faint trail heading South East (now has pink flagging tape), which steeply descends towards the 'circumvention' track, where you turn left back to the start.

There is also another track down heading directly north. It is easy to lose the trail and you may well find yourself 'bush-bashing' down the steep overgrown gully cliff face. Once you hit the bottom 'circumvention' track, turn left to return to your start point.



Other References/Comments:

Be aware, that the South Eastern and Northern tracks down are not well defined, slippery with plenty of loose rock.


Nice and quiet natural walk. Bit of a challenge, got the blood pumping. Views from the summit were awesome.

Forbsey on 11 May, 2024

One of the Glass House Mountain's less walked peaks from what I could tell... It has a small obscure car park off someone's driveway...
The walk itself is similar distance and intensity to Ngungun or Coolum but it's more natural in that there's no man-made steps.
The two peaks are another cool element for this hike. We did it on a Saturday mid-morning on a fine and sunny day and only saw 3 other people on the mountain. Great views from the top!

Hogey Bear on 11 May, 2024

Lovely relaxing evening walk. I made a 4-min video with drone footage and maps here:

Richard Pattison on 13 Oct, 2023

I've done this twice with Steve. During the week outside school holidays and early in the morning, we saw no-one else. Another time is was early on Sunday, and we saw quite a few other walkers. Someone describes it as a scramble. Having just done Mt Greville, this one is a walk in the park! Like Greville, there is no exposure risk. It is a two peak climb, with a saddle between. The views are lovely. It is hard to spot the informal carpark. It looks like someone's driveway. There isn't much room for cars. Instead of retracing your steps, you can descend the 2nd peak towards the fire trail and walk back to your car.

Kaz Manley on 29 May, 2023

Fun hike with amazing views of the glass house mountains. We went anti-clockwise. Started with a lot of uphill to reach the western peak. Then it was down a gully & a bit of a rock scramble up to the eastern peak. Completed the circuit by heading back down the eastern side. The track was easy to follow for the most part.

Suz on 1 May, 2023

Relatively easy walk with the great view

BushwalkerBro on 2 Jan, 2023

Great walk

diddydiddydondon on 24 Sep, 2022

I’m not a scrambler by any means but completed the route in the opposite direction from normal and took me just over 3 hours with lots of rests and photography along the way. Spectacular views but the track can get a bit confusing going clockwise between the peaks.

Anita L on 19 Aug, 2022

I loved this hike so much! Beautiful views from both peaks and the track is quite easy to follow/well worn (Couldn't see any pink flag tape though). We made our way up the West Peak then tracked down through the gully and up the East Peak then continued down the east Peak heading north and we arrived back at the fire trail and followed it along to the carpark. Terrain is uneven, bit of a steep incline and some rock scrambling involved, but I felt very comfortable and I am only a beginner. All up it took our group 75mins total (4 adults).

Sianlesley on 24 Apr, 2022

Great views

TrinaAtley on 2 Apr, 2022

Nice little hike, gets the calves pumping as it’s fairly vertical but really enjoyable.

Joanne on 15 Feb, 2022

Great walk, great view. It is perfect for a walk with kidos

Dominik on 26 Jan, 2022

steep early in the thicket with small amounts of scramble as it becomes more open. great walk

meg on 17 Jan, 2022

Was my first mtn I ever hiked. I would regularly do this one as it has a great view of most of the mountains. Both sides are relatively easy, just a little steep here and there. I highly suggest this hike!

Krystle on 15 Dec, 2021

A Part of 7 Peaks for Daniel :)

Michelle on 29 Oct, 2021

A Part of 7 Peaks for Daniel :)

Michelle on 29 Oct, 2021

This is a really nice little hike until you get to the second peak. I don't know if it is worth going down the incredibly steep trail off the back to make a loop. It would be a much nicer journey to return back over the first peak.

ct__ on 15 Oct, 2021

Great walk. Not too hard and very scenic. Not as busy as more popular peaks. No pink tape so follow your nose or anyone else who is around. Up is easy to figure out. Down head north and take a left at the not very obvious rock pile wall.

Linda on 7 Aug, 2021

A great little hike with fantastic views. Expect a little bit of rock scrambling.

Jodii on 31 Jul, 2021

So to find this place you put 2672 old gympie road in your gps and this will bring you to a car park outside the national park. We typed in mount coochin and ended up in suburbia. Once at the correct beginning we headed into the park to which I didn't read properly the instruction in this mountain description as it said head right so we did.... all the way to a private property sign so we went straight up the hill through the Bush along what looked like a less traveled path. Unbeknownst to us we were not on any kind of path and just kept going up through the bushland where eventually we ran into the actual path and the summit was not far from there. The view was lovely from the west and we decided not to head down to go up the east as we'd already bush bashed and it was the 4th mountain for the day so we were keen to do the last super easy one and call it a day. We stuck to the path heading down which was nice to go along the real path made up of dirt and rocks similar to mount Walsh tracks. Once we got to the bottom we went left and on the right was the Carpark. So be sure to take a left at the fork then find the track on your right that goes up the hill of you want to travel along the track created for this hike. Overall it was pleasant, fitness is always important and if a little unfit just take resets along the way up.

Valda on 28 Jun, 2021


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