Everything you need to know to hike Mt Ngungun Summit Walk, Glass House Mountains National Park
Looking for an easy weekend Getaway or day trip within just a few short hours drive from the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast? Head to the Glass House Mountains National Park for the perfect mix of hiking, scenic views and more! One of the top experiences not to be missed while you're there is a sunset hike of Mt Ngungun. Here's everything you need to know to plan your visit.
About Mt Ngungun and the Glass House Mountains: A quick history
Mt Ngungun was formed from millions of years of Volcanic history, and has a lot of significance to the Gubbi Gubbi Aboriginal people. It is one of 12 peaks which form the Glass House Mountains Region, all having varied heights and varied opportunities for hiking.
The 12 Glass House Mountains are:
Mount Beerwah (556 metres)
Mount Coonowrin (377 metres)
Mount Tibrogargan (364 metres)
Mount Tunbubudla (294 metres)
Mount Beerburrum (278 metres)
Mount Ngungun (253 metres)
Mount Coochin (235 metres)
Mount Tibberowuccum (220 metres)
Mount Miketeebumulgrai (202 metres)
Wild Horse Mountain (123 metres)
Mount Elimbah (109 metres)
Mount Cooee (106 metres)
Getting to Mt Ngungun:
We recommend having a car for your journey as the mountains are spread out, you'll find this the fastest and easiest way to get around the National Park Region. Mt Ngungun is located a 2.5 Hour Drive from the Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport, 1.5 hour drive from Brisbane and Brisbane Airport or just 35 minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport. Following Google Maps to get here will take you straight to the carpark at the start of the trail, this is where you will start and end the trail.
The Mt Ngungun Summit Trail:
The summit trail is 2.8km long. If you plan to hike this trail for sunset, we recommend allowing at least 40 minutes to reach the top allowing you to take your time and avoid rushing. Also consider your time coming down to avoid walking in the dark, as this will take a further 30-40 minutes.
The trail and summit offer 360c panoramic views over Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah as well as the Coast and wider Sunshine Coast Hinterland Region.
The trail is a grade 4 track and can be very steep in some parts, be sure to pack water and comfortable shoes for the walk. The trail is fully tracked and easy to follow.
Where to Stay in the Glass House Mountains: Beerwah
If you're planning to visit Mt Ngungun, why not make a weekend out of it and explore more of the Glass House Mountains Region. We opted to rent a place in Beerwah located centrally near shops, restaurants and close to Australia Zoo.
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