The Sunshine Coast isn’t known for its mountains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any! If you’re sick of sunning yourself on the sand, head to the Glasshouse Mountains for some action.
Since moving to Brisbane, we’ve had a lot of fun playing in the Glasshouse Mountains. If you’re after some shorter hikes to test your fitness, this is a great place to check out.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Glasshouse Mountain Range is inland from the Sunshine Coast, about an hours drive north of Brisbane. Take the “Steve Irwin Way” exit off the Bruce highway. They’re not easily accessed by public transport, so it is definitely worth hiring a car if you’re heading out to the hills.
This is a great hike, suitable for all levels of fitness. There is no scrambling required, and it is comfortably done in about 1hr return. For a small hike, it does come with a fantastic view across the glasshouse mountains.
This one is a little (ok, a lot!) trickier. Scrambling and climbing are definitely required to make it to the top, so good general fitness is required. If you’re afraid of heights, this is probably not one for you. It isn’t incredibly dangerous, but people have been injured on this one, so take it slow.
The hike itself starts slow, then all of a sudden you find yourself at the base of what looks suspiciously like a cliff. Yep, that’s the way up! The good news… The hardest part is the start. Once you make it up the first part of the cliff, it gets easier (I promise).
My advice for first timers? Go with someone who has been before… They can show you the best way up. Also, don’t be afraid to take your time finding good foot and hand holds. Rushing can get you in trouble (and it’s a long way down!). It generally takes us about 1.5hrs return, but allow about 2-2.5hrs for your first attempt.
If heading up gets a bit overwhelming, there is a pleasant 3.3km circuit track that goes around the base which offers nice views of the mountain.
This is biggest of the bunch, sitting at 556m above sea level. The difficulty is similar to that of Tibrogargan and scrambling is required. That said, the scenery on this hike is varied. It starts in the bush, but as you climb you’ll see some pretty cool caves and rock formations.
The top is really open, offering fantastic views of the coast and the hinterland. Allow about 2.5 – 3hrs return if it’s your first attempt (including time for insta-worthy pics and a snack at the top!).
After your done, the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout Cafe is a great place to grab some coffee and food. It also comes with a picture perfect view of the Glasshouse Mountains and the hinterland.