One of the most recognizable mountain groups in Queensland would have to be what is known as the Glass House Mountains. Named by Capt James Cook during his voyage of discovery, these remarkable geological formations are what remains from ancient volcanic activity.
Getting to Mt Ngungun, the northern most mountain in the group, is easy. Drive up the Bruce Highway and turnoff down Steve Irwin Way. Then follow the signs to the Glass House Mountains National Park. You’ll find a good place to park your car at the car park in Fullerton Road.
The track to the summit is well maintained, with good dirt surfaces and rock steps. It is a Grade 2 track all the way to the top. However, there is a short section where there is a warning to beware of cliff edges.
The walk up is interesting, through open forest with fern understory. There is also an interesting rock that features an overhang.
The walking track is excellent but care needs to be taken in wet weather as the rocks could be slippery.
There are excellent views of the local area to make the journey up even more enjoyable. Photography is a must as there are good close-up views of nearby Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah.
There is plenty of space on the summit but little shade. And there are lots of visitors; this is evidently a popular mountain for day excursions.
The round trip took about 2 hours, not counting time spent on the summit. The walking distance was around 2.8km.