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Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mt Ngungun (Glass House Mountains)
May, 2018
Medium
2.8km return
90 mins
EASY
4/5

Mostly a walk along the trail, with some bits of stairs here and there. Trail itself is pretty bumpy, with rocks jutting out all along the dirt track. Twisted or sprained ankles may occur if you aren’t careful.

Scenery is decent, a bit of bush, a bit of lush greenery from the abundant ferns, a small cave next to part of the trail. Not heaps of variation along the way, but the walk itself is relatively short, so it is unlikely you will get bored. Summit can provide a nice 360 view which includes the nearby mt tibro, beerwah and coonowrin. Minus 1 point, the easiness of the walk and decent summit view result in large crowds at the summit.

Would recommend to people of all ages. Saw many young kids and elderly folk on the walk. If you’re an experienced hiker, I’d recommend this track for a sunrise or sunset trip instead of a day trip; otherwise there are more challenging trails out there with more rewarding views.
Morans Falls (Lamington National Park)
May, 2018
Easy
4.4km return
90 mins
EASY
3/5

Nice walk. Track is mostly dirt with some stairs every so often. Long enough to feel like you’re getting decent exercise, but short enough to not be exhausting. Going back uphill doesn’t involve huge slopes, more like gradual changes in gradient.

Scenery is nice. Interesting treetops, interesting tree logs lying on the ground, interesting moss. Has a nice rainforesty feel without the vegetation being too dense. Minus 2 points for limited waterfall view, despite the track having ‘falls’ in the name, you can really only see the falls at one point along the track at a small lookout. View is also slightly obstructed by a couple of branches and whatnot. Getting to the actual falls requires deviating off-track slightly; once you reach the final lookout, if you backtrack maybe 20m and hop over the fence, you can walk a couple more metres down to the river and the falls.

Would recommend for anyone staying at O’Reilly’s for the day, it’s a nice relatively short and easy walk, although I might prefer to do one of the other longer hikes in the area.
Mount Tibrogargan Summit (Glass House Mountains)
Apr, 2018
Very Hard
3km
2 hrs
MEDIUM
4/5

First section is almost a very low scramble? The path is rocky. I found it fine to walk but others took it slower. Second section (main portion) is a pretty relaxing climb, plenty of handholds. Steeper than beerwah, but an easier climb in my opinion, on account of the plentiful handholds.

Pretty nice views, including beerwah and the surrounding countryside. Summit is a little disappointing, too many trees to see 360, but if you follow the trail a little further, it opens out to a sort of cliff-side view of the land. Minus 1 point, would prefer somewhere with a greater variety of views, but still decent views nonetheless.

Would recommend for anyone who enjoys climbing and is confident. If you have experience climbing or scrambling you should have no problem.

Would recommend for people with a decent level of fitness but with little/no climbing experience, as long as you go with someone else with outdoor climbing experience or has successfully completed tibro in the past, to guide you along. Good balance, hand-eye co-ordination, flexibility, confidence and patience are more important here than raw muscle.
Mount Beerwah Summit (Glass House Mountains)
Apr, 2018
Very Hard
2.9km return
3 hrs
HARD
5/5

Somewhat challenging but very rewarding. The first half is a bit of a tricky ‘climb’ due to the smoothness of the rock in some portions without a lot of handholds, but still doable. Bring shoes with good grip. The second half is a hike that involves some scrambling up the rocks.

Large variety of interesting views, both in terms of the surrounding landscape and the mountain itself. Great 360 view at the summit of surround. Would definitely go again. Harder than tibro in my opinion, due the first ‘climb’ section, but more rewarding. Would suggest doing tibro first before beerwah.

Would recommend for anyone who enjoys climbing and is confident. If you have experience climbing, you should be fine. Because it is less steep than tibro, if you’re experienced you can probably get away with almost just walking up most of the ‘climb’ portion.

Would recommend for people with a decent level of fitness but with little/no climbing experience, as long as you go with someone else with plenty of outdoor climbing experience or has successfully completed beerwah in the past, to guide you along. Good balance, hand-eye co-ordination, flexibility, confidence and patience are more important here than raw muscle. Definitely take the first climbing portion at a comfortable pace, making sure you always have a firm grip before climbing to the next section. If you’re concerned with going back down, bum-shuffling/sliding on your butt down is feasible if you follow the easier/flatter sections. Bring spare pants if you plan to do this.
Mount Coolum (Sunshine Coast)
Apr, 2018
Medium
1.8km return
90 mins
EASY
3/5

A hike that I would do once if I was in the area, but probably not again. Mostly walking up stairs. Not fun for the knees. Minus 1 point for the stairs (I do not enjoy stairs).

Basically the same view of the ocean and beach the whole way up. Even at the summit, your view is restricted to the coastline. Due to the abundance of foliage at the summit, the inland view is mostly blocked. Coastline view is also ruined a little in my opinion by the housing scattered up and down the coast. Minus 1 point for lack of variety of scenery in terms of both the track and the surrounding landscape.

Doable for most ages including kids. Good activity for young families I guess? Might be interesting to go again for sunrise or sunset.
Lower Portals (Mt Barney National Park)
Dec, 2017
Medium
7.4km return
3 hrs
MEDIUM
3/5

Pretty good bushwalk. Trail is well defined dirt path, some nice variations in slope to keep you interested. Some uphill, some downhill. The walk however, is quite lengthy.

Decent variations in scenery along the trail, but gets a little boring after a while, as it is a pretty long walk. Walking along the river is quite nice. The portals were pretty cool, but if you don't swim, you can't reach the small waterfall part (so they tell me, I didn't swim). Minus 2 points quite a long walk for not a huge payout. Swimming would probably bump it up to a 4/5.