Mt Ngungun




At 253m above sea level, 'Mt Ngungun' is the smallest of the main 'Glasshouse Mountains'. While there's no 'Mt Tibrogargan' style multipitch epics to be had here, there is nonetheless some great climbing on good rock. Add to that shadiness in summer, great views & easy accessibility, and it's easy to understand its popularity.

There are 6 distinct areas to climb at Ngungun: the 'Lower Cliffs', the 'Upper Cliffs', 'The Sentinels', 'The Hidden Slabs', 'Babylon' & 'Andromeda'. The 'Lower Cliffs' are the most easily accessed and probably the most popular.

There's no toilet at Ngungun and because it's such a high traffic area, crapping in the bush is unacceptable. Your options: do it before you get here, drive 5 minutes into the Glasshouse Mountains township where there are public toilets, or take it out with you (carrying a toilet kit makes this easier).

See also Lee Cujes' awesome "A Climber's Guide To The Glasshouses" at

First Nations Information

The First Nations people from this area are Jinibara.

Ngungun meaning: charcoal

The Glass House Mountains area was a special meeting place where many First Nations Peoples gathered for ceremonies and trading. It is considered spiritually significant with many ceremonial and cultural sites still present and protected today. The Glasshouse Mountains hold significant cultural meaning to First Nations people with Mount Tibrogargan (the father), Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah (the mother) being central in local Dreamtime Legend.

*The Dreaming:

All information collected has been carried out with research, respect and best interest however, we welcome feedback from the community.

Access issues

The 2019 summit track work is now complete and the mountain is once again fully open.


'Mt Ngungun' is about 70 km, or a one hour drive, north of Brisbane.

Follow the Bruce Highway north and take the Steve Irwin Way turnoff 60km from Brisbane. Follow this for 10km before turning left into the Glasshouse Mountains township. Follow the road around as it doglegs over the railway line, becoming Coonowrin Rd as it does so. About 1km down the road is a right turn signposted for "Mt Ngungun". Take this turn and drive along Fullertons Rd until reaching the carpark about 1.5km from the intersection.

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Note that 'The Sentinels', 'The Hidden Slabs' and 'Babylon' are approached from the opposite side of the mountain.

Ethic inherited from Glasshouse Mountains

Modern climbers establishing new routes have taken great pains to ensure any new routes do not interfere with the historic routes established many decades ago.

Retro-bolting of existing routes is unacceptable!

New routes shall make use of traditional protection where available.

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