Mt Eerwah

Sunshine Coast

This is a seldom but fun mountain to climb and in places only has a faint trail to the top. Views from there are in a westerly direction and whilst spectacular, the views to the east across the coastal plain, would have been even better, but for the scrub and trees.

It's a steep and loose track, definitely not suited for those with balance issues, smaller children, etc. A section near the top has eroded/wasted away, leaving a significant drop off - be careful!

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

Getting there:

From the Bruce Highway, take the Kenilworth/Noosa exit; follow signs towards Kenilworth on the Eumundi Kenilworth Road; turn left into Browns Creek Road and then left again into Mt Eerwah Rd. After 0.5km at the letter boxes 75 and 79, there is a spot on the left to park 3/4 vehicles (at the beginning of the bamboo hedge) and it is here that the walk begins, even though the mountain is on your right.


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Route/Trail notes:

At the start of the track there is a roadworks sign that says “Pedestrians” which point to the start of the track. Follow the fence line across three gullies, the last of which has been kindly roped. A faint trail contours around some open land until it reaches a ridge that you turn right onto. Now follow the ridge up where the trail threads through some rather large lantana patches. 1/3 up, you can take either the right and left trail, which converge after 100m at the top of a rocky gully.

Follow through the rainforest where the path is steep, slippery and loose. Once you leave the forest, after a few twists and turns above the cliff line and a further roped (broken 2017) section where the trail is narrow, you will reach another steep, loose slope that will get you to the summit ridge. Once the ground levels out, follow the ridge uphill and down dale to the 'true' summit. At the 'welcome' sign, enjoy the view, a drink and a bite to eat.

Retrace your steps back down.



Other References:

Climb Mt Eerwah

The word 'eerwah' is apparently the indigenous work for 'death adder'. So watch out!

I have read that you can continue beyond the summit, down and back up to the second summit to the south east, but I understand this would take you onto private land.

GPS Tracks


Good work out on this mountain, it took us 4 hours round trip which was to the summit lookout which has terrific coast views
Harder than Cooroora I think, but great fun. As mentioned good shoes are handy as its very steep & slippery in many places

Bribie 61 on 22 Aug, 2021

So much fun solo hiking this beauty. As always, if you're going on a weekend, be sure to go early to avoid the peeps. (I actually started a bit later this time, at 7am, and still only passed about 3 people, but when I got back to the bottom they were piling in).

The first ascent to peak is very steep. Not too much of a view at the first peak.

Keep going, it's bloody worth it. You'll start declining as if you're heading down the other side of the mountain. You'll pass through gorgeous rainforest-ish area before beginning the second ascent, which is barely an incline. You will pop out the other side of the scrub and voila, possibly the best view on the coast. Yewww beautayyy.

I spent 2.5 hours including hiking, exploring around and looking up in awe of the beautiful, huge, old trees.

Not a Sunday stroll in the park - it's quite strenuous so if that's what you're into, this is the hike for you. Big love.

TheImperialHiker on 15 Aug, 2021

This walk can be quite challenging at times. when at the top there are majestic views of point glorious to the west, mount Cooroora, mount pinbarren, and mount Cooroy, all to the north. If it is a clear sunny day you can even spot lake Wayba and Noosa heads to the east. to access the mountain you must exit the bruse Highway, at the roundabout take the third exit onto Eumundi- Kenilworth road. turn left on to brown creek road, then turn left on to Mount Eerwah road. when you get there there will be a sign saying, pedestrians.

de_hiker on 30 Nov, 2020

Directions to start of walk are good as per previous comments. The trail is generally easy to follow. It is very steep as described.

Importantly, there are two peaks to the mountain. It is about 45min to the highest point of the walk. You can continue along this ridge for about 10 minutes. Views to the west here only. At the most southerly point of the ridge, the trail heads down again. It is from here that you can continue the walk for an additional 30mins to the second summit. This is where the trail is quite faint and hard to follow. Staying on the ridge is the main idea. It is lovely and through a rainforest section, before climbing up to a final rocky outcrop with a vantage point to the north-east. This is the best position of the climb and would recommend.

My advice is to mentally prepare yourself for the two summits, rather than thinking it's over at the first.

All up spent 4 hours.

ct__ on 30 Nov, 2020

Great little hike, the trail is beautiful and well travelled so easy to follow however its quite narrow and steep in most parts so deff need good shoes and a bit of fitness under your belt.

MELG on 22 Aug, 2020

did this today in the most spectacular of weather .. we are hikers and its definitely a heart starter and we think a little tougher than Mt Corooroora and Mother Mt .. saw 4 groups, 1 didnt make it all the way the others made it to the top.. wouldnt do this after wet weather but a fun and leg/calf burner walk and nice core work out on the way down keeping yourself centred with the gradient.. track is clear and really easy to follow no need for instructions other than the trail head... wanted to post to share the elevation as there was some questions here my partners Garmin said it was a 400m climb from the carpark! who knows but its a guide

Tjac on 16 Aug, 2020

i live right next to the track to the mountain so i often see people climbing up and down this gorgeous mountain. I’ve lived here my whole life and i climb this mountain almost every week. For anyone who has climbed the mountain, you may know my house by the sounds of chickens, dogs barking or goats. The chicken pen is visible from the top of the path near the end of the fence and top of the rope climb. This is one of the best mountains around in my opinion (probably just because i live here). I actually climbed it today and went past a group of 4 walking down. My sister and i were the last on the track and stayed to watch the sunset. It’s an amazing mountain though the track has gotten more eroded over the years. The track has become quite popular though many people still don’t know about it which i’m glad about. I like having this track to myself a lot because i can take in the views and not be disturbed by heaps of tourists. Though i do love meeting new, friendly mountain climbers each time i go up. 10/10 rating from me.

hayley on 7 Jul, 2020

This is one of the most fun walks I have been on out of the 7 Mountains I have climbed around the Sunshine Coast. Mt Eerwah is unknown by most tourist which makes this a perfect climb for people who don’t like crowds. Very steep climb with lots of scrambling up on tree roots most of the way up the mountain, the hike takes you through dense rainforest and up the first point of the mountain. I would highly recommend this climb ( It not suitable for young children due to the terrain). De finally a challenge

Adventure1234567 on 28 May, 2020

Climbed Monday 11 May 2020 with Suzy. Saw Dave & Tammy there as well. Beautiful weather conditions with a great temperature. Dry. Climb is difficult but fun. Need to watch yourself on the way down. Only did the first peak. The 'welcome' sign at the top is gone. The dogs are not allowed to go with you anymore, which I think is a shame. Views not great from the top; however, would recommend all the same.

Nick.b on 11 May, 2020

What a fun climb! Definitely a leg burner but it’s a short climb up. We loved the scrambling! Not sure if we took the right path at one stage as the track became difficult to navigate, with nothing but sand and leaves and no tree roots or trees to hold. The way we came down seemed much easier!

Whicheverway on 5 Jan, 2020

Great walk with friends. The track is pretty defined and ropes in good condition. Popular on the day with a group of 8 passing us at the top and then a couple. Friendly neighbour dogs kept us company - Rusty and Charlie.

Sheridan on 27 Sep, 2019

Had some friendly pups to guide us the way up.

JayWalker on 25 Sep, 2019

Was a very slippery, wet climb into the cloud due to having lots of rain in the weeks prior.
Thankful for the ropes still available to use on some sections of the climb. Disappointed to see the welcome arch at the start of the track and the welcome sign at the top, had been removed. (Think they were replaced by a big, old brown goat that called out several times at the start and finish of the climb) :)

julieo on 29 Jun, 2019

Steep climb
Helped be Charlie and Dusty

Kmxfitness on 24 Mar, 2019

This was really challenging and you need to go to the second summit to get the good views so add more time on to the recommended time. It is quite slippery on the way down so wear good trail shoes. In saying that it was really rewarding :))

MattyM on 19 Jan, 2019

Very well marked yet steep track. Not so bad on the way up but I challenge anyone to go down without falling over at least once - kind of a bit like Mt Blaine. View from the top is mostly obstructed but there are a few windows offering nice views. Saw a few people out and about and 2 dogs roaming the mountain guiding people up and down.

Vonsnrub on 13 Jan, 2019

did this a few years ago during rain absolute mud carnage but hilarous fun and misty views

mitchell baker on 7 Dec, 2018

Quite short but fairly steep walk near Noosa so the perfect excuse to have a swim afterwards :-]

We were fortunate enough to have the local dog Dusty take the trip up with us and he absolutely nailed it.

Not the most picturesque walk but gets the heart rate going and offers fairly nice views from the top. We ran into 3 or 4 goannas on the trip which is more than I have seen anywhere else. Trail is quite clear and easy to follow and does not take too long, you could knock it over in 2 hours up and down without much trouble I'd say.

Some have noted the trail has eroded slightly towards the top but my group didn't find it to be any great difficulty. However, due to the short steep climb, would not suggest someone lacking fitness does this and we were covered in mosquitoes the whole way and I landed myself a nice tick : <

In summary: Nice little mountain to knock off the list, close to beaches so you can make a day of it, trail is easy to follow and gives a good workout due to the gradient.

Matty Vee on Nov, 2018

Walked this one this morning with my son. Quite steep and relentless however it was not too difficult. After we reached the Welcome sign, we continued east following ribbons on trees and a faint track to the eastern summit (I think) Awesome view at the end.

Andreas on 22 Sep, 2018

The seventh of my mountains I have set for myself on the Sunshine Coast.
A little known about mountain, though often seen and remarked upon as resembling a woman's breasts as one travels in the North Arm area near Yandina. It means Death Adder to the Australian Aboriginals and one can only hope that there are no more in that vicinity.
Aussie is one of two sites many of us use to locate our way and research preparation.
As it is classified as twin mountains you need to know that it is 329 meters and 402 meters respectively.
Google or put in your Gps Mount Eerwah road, crossing at Brown creek rd off Kenilworth Rd. Take the left road at the intersection on the dirt road. Drive till you see a miniature car park area that might take two cars just before a bend on the left. There is now a sign some kind soul has left for us that says it is only one and half hours return. Take your own time to enjoy the journey and apex.
There is an almost invisible entrance to the track through the bushes that leads long and between two fences. When you have travelled up and down some gullies and reached the end of the fencing you will be sufficiently warmed up to tackle a medium to hard climb/walk. (Talking from a 69 year old point of view) You will eventually get to a mini climb that someone has kindly left a rope to haul yourself up on. Further clambering over fallen trees and up rocky tracks that often almost disappears it is so seldom used. Another rope helps again until a horizontal rope has been donated where the cliff face has fallen, so advise staying on the mountain side of the rope and using it for balance.
Quite steep and need to be moderately fit with reasonable joints, a bottle of water, sun hat, gloves, good grip shoes and perhaps sun screen and insect repellant at certain seasons. A back pack is wise to leave your hands free. It seems to get harder and harder and is a good work out for the legs and heart.
The bush obscures most of the views at the top but you might see many butterflies.
As with all climbs make sure your phone is fully charged both for photograph opportunities and for safety. It is always wisdom to inform someone of your intentions, your whereabouts, planned time and of your safe return.
Two hours return for this old fellow.

Paul on 8 Aug, 2018


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