If you like Mt Ngungun but wish they didn’t upgrade the tracks to make it easier and attract more people, you will love hiking Mt Tibberoowuccum. There are no signs to help you find the start of the Mt Tibberoowuccum summit hike, so you won’t find many people up there. On a busy lovely afternoon when the Tibrogargan car park was overflowing, we only met two other people on the Mt Tibberoowuccum track. In my opinion, it’s the most underrated walk in the Glasshouse Mountains.
Distance: 2 km
Disclaimer: the hiking time and difficulty are based on our experience. We’re experienced hikers with a good level of fitness and used to hiking long distances and scrambling. We have good navigation skills and use a Garmin watch* with a GPS navigation map. Always check the park alerts and notes; trail conditions change over time which can impact the level of difficulty of the hike.
Although there are no signs to direct visitors to the summit of Mt Tibberoowuccum, you don’t need great navigation skills for this hike. Once you’re on the track, it’s easy to follow. But the rewarding views from the top of the 220-metre mount don’t come without effort. The walk is steep on uneven, slippery terrain. You’ll have to scramble a 7-meter wall at the end to reach the peak. It’s close to climbing and people who are scared of heights (like me!) may find it challenging. But you can choose to skip it.
If you decide the short climb is not for you, you’ll get splendid views of the region just before the climb, with Mt Tibrogargan in the foreground and the ocean in the background.
Going up is an effort, but don’t think going down is easier. It took us about the same amount of time as we were careful to avoid slipping. We reached the summit in 30 minutes, and it took us 40 minutes to finish the circuit after we left the summit.
When we plan a day trip like this, I don’t like spending more time driving than hiking. The Glasshouse Mountains are about one hour north of Brisbane, so I highly suggest you look at other walks in the Glasshouse Mountains to do after Mt Tibberoowuccum. We combined it with another short summit hike, Mount Coochin (about 1.5hrs). If you’re up for a longer hike, you could check out the Yul-yan-man track.
Responsible travel tip: If you want to support the local economy, don’t just hike in the national park. There are a few places to have lunch or early dinner in the Glasshouse Mountains. If you’re really hungry, you’ll love Rick’s Garage. If you’re after nice views, check out the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout Cafe. They also provide luxury accommodation* if you want to stay for the night.
How to find the Mt Tibberoowuccum summit track
You can park on Mt Tibrogargan car park and walk for 200 metres on Marshs Road until you see a gate with a 4WD track on your left. Once you’re on the fire track, keep right at the fork. About 300 metres further up, you will spot a cairn (pile of rocks) on the left that indicates the start of the northern track.
When you reach the start of the ridge and the second cairn, go left (east) towards Mt Tibrogargan and the wall to scramble to reach the summit of Mt Tibberoowuccum.
When you’re going down from the summit, you can keep following the track on your left. You will go down via the western track – which we found slightly easier than the northern track. Back at the fire track, turn right to complete the circuit.
Map of Mt Tibberoowuccum in the Glasshouse Mountains
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