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32 walks ticked

This Year

10
Number of Walks Ticked
61.0km
Total Distance Ticked

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32
Number of Walks Ticked
194.7km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mt Tunbubudla East (Glass House Mountains)
5 Feb, 2019
Hard
5km return
3.5 hrs
After reading the comments I came here expecting the worst, was actually pleasantly surprised. I drove in following the transmission line road and parked where the National Park gate was. Nice well marked tracked up into the saddle between the 2 peaks. From there it was a well marked track up to the summit which was steep and slippery but no more than Mt Eerwah (not Beerwah). The view was pretty non existent and there were a lot of mosquitoes but as far as walks go it was not too bad, there was never a point where I was bush bashing.
Mt Tunbubudla West (Glass House Mountains)
5 Feb, 2019
Hard
4.5km return
3.5 hrs
Definitely the pick of the 2 peaks. The hike up was about as steep as the East peak with a very small amount of scrambling. There was a very nice unobstructed view to the north (Beerwah, Coonowrin etc) but there are probably other peaks you can expel less effort on to get a better view. Very well marked (once you find the entrance to the walk), takes just over 2 hours at a reasonably casual rate to do both peaks, enjoy the view and get back to the car.
Bluff Knoll Summit (Western Australia)
2 Feb, 2019
Medium
6km return
3 hrs
Got there in the morning to discover it completely engulfed in cloud but persevered anyway. Took me 1hr to walk to the top at a brisk pace and saw many people along the way. It has a similar level of intensity to Mt Warning except without the scramble component. Sat up the top for a couple of hours waiting for the cloud to clear which it eventually did and I'm glad I waited because the views are excellent, I can see why it's known as the best mountain climb in WA!
Mt Coochin (East and West Peaks) (Glass House Mountains)
26 Jan, 2019
Medium
3.5km return
2 hrs
Nice easy hike to the summit, reminded me a lot of Mt Coolum. Views from the Western (larger) summit were good, however slightly blocked by scrub. Was nice seeing all the Glasshouse Mountains from the north for once. The track is very well marked, was expecting it to be like Mt Miketeebumulgrai but was pleasantly surprised.
Spring Mountain (Ipswich)
20 Jan, 2019
Medium
10km return
2.5 hrs
Nice gradual walk through a labyrinth of fire roads and trails, definitely pays to have a GPS just to make sure you are on the right track. Despite the relatively low elevation there are great views along the way and Spring Mountain itself has a nice 360 degree view including views of the city and Mt Cootha. There is a small aerial on the summit which serves to confirm you have indeed summitted the correct peak.
Mount Ernest (Mt Barney National Park)
16 Jan, 2019
Very Hard
11km return
9 hrs
Well the other people who have done this weren't lying, it's quite a hard climb. It's not as physically exhausting as Barney but the track is for the most part ... non existent, but as others have said so long as you follow the ridge line you should be alright. And for everyone's information if you want a direct number to call to enquire about permission for this walk it is 55441222 (Rathdowny info centre).

The walk pretty much has 4 stages - Stage 1: Walk from Yellowpinch, through the private property gate (with permission) up to the base of the mountain Stage 2: Up a steep boulder covered slope where you are constantly sliding and falling over and looking for snakes (I did see one) Stage 3: Scrambling up the precarious cliffs Stage 4: About the last quarter you spend just hiking along a rough track to the summit.

Recommend a GPS so you can follow the path of least resistance and also be mentally prepared for what is in store. There are a lot of false summits and it's less soul destroying when you expect them. The view at the top is alright - pretty much a direct side on view of Barney East and West. I've included photos of view from the bottom and the top.
Mt Eerwah (Sunshine Coast)
13 Jan, 2019
Hard
3km return
3 hrs
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.
Mt Barney West Peak (Mt Barney Summit)
10 Jan, 2019
Very Hard
2km return
2 hrs
Always felt cheated that I missed climbing it back when I did the East peak so came back to set things right. South Ridge was very easy to follow with frequent arrows (still recommend GPS to be safe). May as well pocket said GPS when you head up the West Peak because it's a maze of tracks that all lead to the summit. The top is a lot less open than the east peak, but has plenty of little outlooks to check out the view. No harder or easier than the eastern peak in my opinion. I believe it's only 3 meters taller! Took me 6.5hrs from carpark to carpark with some time at the summit. Saw a lot of skink like creatures, most likely skinks. And saw a snake as well (slipped underneath a log and I wasn't game to pull it out to identify it). Very quiet today, didn't see a single person.
Mt Cougal (Springbrook National Park)
5 Jan, 2019
Hard
10km
5 hrs
One of my favourite mountains so far! Starts with a steep uphill section then flattens out for the majority of the walk...that is until you reach the summit climb which was reasonably steep. Following the track away from the border fence you will see the massive rock face ahead of you and hidden behind some boulders you will find the cave. We went pretty far in, found some little bats in there too. If we were a little more ambitious we may have been able to squeeze through the little hole at the end which looks to lead to a nice window in the side of the mountain.

Continuing on the walk it maintains its steepness until the summit of the East Peak. Excellent views, I wasn't quite fulfilled so I made a quick diversion over to the west peak. Decent track marked by ribbons, was pretty easy to follow. Took 20 minutes to get from one peak to the other. At the top there is a little campsite if you walk off to the right, if you walk to the left you get an AMAZING view of the Gold Coast hinterland. Don't know what people are talking about, the west peak was way better! Only thing is be very careful, there is a very real chance of falling if you're not and it's a looong drop to the bottom. Getting back to the east peak was a bit trickier, lost the track and had to bush bash (don't know how I screwed it up, it seemed so instinctive on the way up).

Track back down from the east peak was pleasant with some nice views along the way. Saw a couple of people there but for the most part it was just us.
Mt Tibberoowuccum (Glass House Mountains)
4 Jan, 2019
Medium
6km return
80 mins
I would say that this is a surprisingly underrated mountain. Not terribly high, can get to the top in under 20 minutes, however the view is excellent. The track is easy to follow (so long as you can find the entrance to it), with piles of rocks to mark the way. There is a little fake summit with a view then a track to the actual summit which as people have mentioned, involves a slight scramble (like a mini version of the Mt Warning scramble, so not hard). At the top you are greeted with a commanding view of all the Glasshouse mountains. I would consider it a good quiet alternative to Mt Ngungun, didn't see a single person up there.