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
Rainforest
422m
Maximum Elevation
294m
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.

Maps:

None found.

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.

Permits/Costs:

None.

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

Comments

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 Bushwalking.com 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

A perfect day to summit Mt Eerwah.Blue skies and 21c max.The track is nice and dry and perfect for hiking.New ropes at the ridge near top and also at the lantana.The lantana is cut back now for easy access.A little disappointing on the view due to the trees but nice to see the 'welcome'sign at the summit.
I went solo today but would recommend not to as it can be quite slippery on descent.With both ascent and descent there was always a rock,root,tree,vine to help you.Nice and shady hike this one.To sum up Mt Eerwah..."ENCHANTING"🤗

KidBear on 1 Aug, 2018

A really good climb/hike, I throughly enjoyed it my favourite so far, whoever put the ropes there it is much appreciated.

Caleb J. Stanton on 3 Jun, 2018

Really appreciate that this track exists. Its one of my favourite climbs and all the little 'doodads' make it that much more enjoyable

Lawdaddy on 17 Jan, 2018

Hidden gem on the coast. We were the only ones there on a sunday morning climb. A dusty tree root steep scrambled track. Return trip in under 2 hours. Good hiking shoes a must, and a little confidence.

K & R on 27 Aug, 2017

Very considerable of the land owner to let people access, appreciate that mate

Evildingo on 5 Aug, 2017

Great mountain to climb! Walking through rainforest for the majority of the climb. Cool welcoming sign and prayer flags at the top. Got up in 30mins, 30mins at the top and then down in 30mins.

l3raeden on 21 May, 2017

A return visit with a group of friends to one of our favourite mountains.

F.A.B. on 4 May, 2017

There is NO chance this climb is easier than Tibro... sure Tibro is more dangerous, more intimidating, but as for exertion, WOW, this was a seriously steep climb. I've done Tibro a few times and was not even close to as tired as this climb.
In saying that, if you're after exercise, this climb ROCKED! I was so happy with it... all shaded, steep, clear enough marking, defo do it people.

Brad on 14 Feb, 2017

Cute scrubby random little hike, steep in sections I imagine it would be a total mission in the rain. Very enjoyable hike, that provides ample shade in the heat.

courtlalala on 22 Jan, 2017

Steep 1 hour climb to the top & very clear track all the way...
Great views to the West.
Very quiet & nice to have the mountain to ourselves!
Will try the rest (down to the saddle & Eastern track) next time.
Thank you for this little gem walk.

Christian on 15 Oct, 2016

Walked today. The track is more obvious than in the past but a section near the top has eroded away and has a huge drop off / cliff below it so caution is advised. Check for ticks after walking.

Matt on 14 Sep, 2016

Nice challenging walk. The ropes were really appreciated though you could definitely climb it without them. Some parts are really loose and slippery so care is needed. It wasn't as bad coming back down as we thought it might be. The Apple Watch tracked the walk at 4km return but we walked it in 2 hours 40 minutes including a 25 minute break at the top.

Ian and Sue on 2 Sep, 2016

After the steep climb and getting to the welcome sign we thought we had finished but we continued following the track down a steep decline and along a ridge then a steady incline, the track is not as well worn although the track is marked out by pink/white tape.
There is a small rock outcrop at the end of the trail that is worth the effort for the beautiful view.

AdamK on 25 Jul, 2016

Nice hike. Only ones on the track!

SabrinaBlaas on 23 Jul, 2016

Did this at around 3 am, with little more than the light from my iPhone (used 20%) and reached the summit around 4.30 am. A big thanks to whoever placed the flagging tape along the trail! Would of been lost without them..
And For Those With A Keen Eye...
At The Summit There Lay A Reward....
Many Rooms With No Windows, Doors Or Corners....
Yet Inside A Golden Prize Lay Hidden...

Danny G on 7 Jul, 2016

The hardest part was finding the entrance through the 'arch'; and thus we have rewritten the guidelines and OTT'd flagging taped at the entrance and on the trail!

This was not so big a challenge as we had expected, but after heavy rain, the ropes were very welcome.

F.A.B. on 21 Jun, 2016

Going up the mountain, I didn't really need the ropes in the gully, and when the tracks became a little faint I was still able to find my way - however the ropes towards top were very much needed - if for no other reason then for safety. Going down the mountain the ropes, marker tape, rocks, trees and tree roots were all very useful/needed.

CAUTION: There is a short but rather precarious section towards the top where the track has washed/eroded away - leaving a narrow, uneven and slightly loose footing along the steep drop. In most places a slip would be unpleasant/a bit painful, but a slip at this section (and a subsequent failure to gain a firm hold of either the rope or some sturdy rock/tree root) could be far more serious. Experienced walkers and walkers with sturdy shoes/legs/feet should be able to negotiate this section - but less experienced, young, obese or highly fatigued walkers need to be very careful. I expect that in time, people will not be able to cross this section at all, but if some of the lantana above this section could be removed then a bypass may be possible.

Not long into the walk I saw a small snake scurry away ahead of me - I think it was a tree snake - in any case there were no issues. However, I did notice many crevices and holes that would be very ideal for snakes.

The welcome sign still hangs on a tree at the summit - very hard to miss it.

In a few of the more thicker/overgrown sections there are wait-a-while (aka Stinging Nestle) plants. With care, these can be avoided when going up, but as you will need to grab hold of the trees when getting back down, be extra careful to only grab rocks and solid/strong trees.

Sturdy shoes/hiking shoes and taking your time to get back down is highly recommended.

I did take some nice photos of the scenery and of some of sections which need extra care, but I lost my camera on the way back down. If anyone should find a small black camera, please contact me at fds23@krealm.org (Although the camera may no longer work, the SD card inside it has good chance of still working)

Anonymous on 21 May, 2016

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