This climb has been closed since the late 90's when I last climbed this mountain.QPWS have banned public access to Mt Coonowrin due to unstable rock and safety concerns. I have included these notes in the hope that QPWS will one day reopen this mountain.
WARNING: Any one caught walking or climbing this mountain faces a minimum $440 fine.
This track requires rock climbing experience and is extremely exposed and WILL result in death or serious injury if attempted by the inexperienced.

Getting there

How do you get to the start of the walk? Park at end of Murphys Rd, off Old Gympie Rd


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Route/Trail notes

Cross fence at end of Murphys Rd and follow track to base of mountain. Veer around left side of mountain towards south western corner. Caution: Track is very steep and slippery in places. After clearing lower cliffline on LHS scramble up towards base of higher cliffline keeping an eye out for some painted arrows on rock indicating tourist route. WARNING: If you have had no rock climbing experience it is imperative you do not proceed up this path. A rope and appropriate rocklimbing gear is highly recommended although not essential for experienced rock climbers. This path makes Mt Tibrogargun summit path look like a walk in the park and is extremely exposed. The track heads straight up to  cleft in the cliffline where it then veers towards the south east corner of the mountain right up to the ridgeline. On reaching the ridge follow this in a westerly direction up to the summit for extensive 360 degree views of all the other glasshouse peaks. Return to car via same route taking extreme care on cliff face.


Do you need any permits? What's the cost? Minimum $440 fine if caught walking or climbing Mt Coonowrin whilst closed to public. A restricted access area permit can be applied for, visit the National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website for more information.

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books? Limited information available online at some rockclimbing wesites.

GPS Tracks

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Gorgeous views of the glasshouse mountains. Great directions to follow.

Jess on 2 Apr, 2022

Magic views. Even just thinking about this walk gets the adrenaline flowing. Its a real shame it has been closed to the public.

Grumps on 1996

Not for the faint hearted. I'm great with heights and do plenty of rock climbing. But this climb is scary.

Pardo on Jun, 1900


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