4 walks ticked

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Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mt Ngungun (Glass House Mountains)
25 Apr, 2021
2.8km return
90 mins
Walked this again on Anzac Day. It is truely a special place in our country and very popular with tourists. As you walk up you realise that it is a test of your basic fitness levels, but nothing too hard to overcome. Little ones all the way up to the oldies are able to manage this walk in their own time. If you read the sign at the base you will realise that this area is home to very rare native flora found only in this area, so it might pay to mind your travels here and respect the surroundings. The ancient fern forest is just stunning! If you look closely you will see the "eye of the dragon" as you enter, this was one of the highlights of my walk. As you near the cave you can't help but wonder if the first Australians used this area for sacred meetings and affairs. It just feels spiritual. And you just know it. If you read the sign at the bottom then you of course would have noticed special wattle, flowers and green trunked trees! These beauties are just incredible to see and are found nowhere else really. The top is clearly breathtaking and has a one of a kind view back to Mount Coonowrin and Tiprogargan. The overlapping mountains. The glass house mountains is home to the Jinibara People (lawyer-vine), and each mountain represents a member of an ancient earth family which should be respected and well protected to be enjoyed for years to come. Please take your rubbish with you, as there was too much to be seen. This is aboriginal land and it is now our responsibility to keep it as pristine as they have for many years. Take without taking and leave without leaving. Thank you.
Rainforest Circuit (Maiala picnic area)
22 Apr, 2021
Very Easy
1 hr
A beautifully easy trail walk with ancient trees that are second to none. Well worth the visit. Greene's falls were closed so we took the rainforest walk and the cypress track. It didn't disappoint and there was a small running creek as well.
Cypress Grove (Maiala picnic area)
22 Apr, 2021
Very Easy
18 mins
A beautiful short addition to the other two walks. We weren't going to do this walk as the Greene's was closed, but we are so glad we did. Some of these trees are so tall and so ancient, it makes you feel profoundly special and more like an ant in grass than anything. Please take the time and do all three if they are open.
Mount Beerwah Summit (Glass House Mountains)
19 Sep, 2020
Very Hard
2.9km return
3 hrs
Thank you to the traditional inhabitants of this land for safe passage up and down the mountain. After reading the above information, I didn't realise the Jinibara people prefer us not to climb the mountains out of respect.
This was a scary climb for me. I honestly thought I might die. It's not easy at the start, and once you start climbing a little, it's kind of hard to change your mind.
The first section by far is the most difficult.
I had general Nike joggers which were super slippery for this type of climb. Better to have a thin shoe or barefoot to grab hold of footings. Also I am a short guy, which was harder for me to reach all the places a taller person could easily grab.
If you are going to climb the mountain, choose the cool of the morning As it gets quite hot and May contribute towards panic or anxiety if you find yourself struggling.
Once I was up the first part, which is by far the steepest, it was a lot easier to scramble over the rocks like an ant.
As you near the cave and the overhang of the cliffs, you get an overwhelming sense of mortality and humbleness.
This climb requires mental preparation because the mental challenge during the climb is harder than the climb itself.
The pure white sand under the caves is a blessing to see. The rare native flowers found only in this region are in abundance. And of course the views as you get to the top are exhilarating.
I didn't realise this was the tallest mountain in the glass house region, I just picked a mountain on google and went for it.
The climb down was the hardest for me, where everyone else seemed to find it easy. It really put into perspective the slope and I could visualise the distance.
The last 100 metres or so were the hardest. My shoes didn't help. And I had no water or a backpack. Please take one if you go.
Had help from a few climbers who inspired me to get through. I am very grateful for their kindness on this day.
Please do not do this climb alone. (because it's not hike).
Be respectful of the land and take your rubbish with you if you have any.
Main tips:
- take water
- grippy thin shoes
- not alone
- cool of the day
- definitely not in the wet
- take your time
- read the Jinibara welcome message
- take a backpack in case you need to remove your shoes
- tell someone where you are
- fully charge your phone
- wear thick pants (for bum sliding)
- when it gets a bit much, stop and pause, breathe in and out until you have composure, then proceed

Our Country is just beautiful, and we are so fortunate to have these opportunities to get outside and enjoy Gods gifts. Don't ruin it and enjoy the journey.
Safe climbing to you all.