Though located just outside of Moreton Bay Region, the Tibrogargan Trachyte Circuit Glass House Mountains hike, when combined with the Tibrogargan Circuit, is one of the longest and flattest Sunshine Coast hinterland walks.
Trachyte’s *Grade 4 trail is ideal for a leisurely long 2 hour hike (longer if combining walks), or a scenic run which can be completed in about an hour. For other suitable running trails nearby check out the Glass House Mountains Running Trails Map.
The 6km Trachyte Circuit passes through heathland and open woodland linking Mount Tibrogargan with Mount Tibberoowuccum. Interpretive signs are dotted along its length highlighting the area's special features.
You can begin the walk clockwise or counter-clockwise, leaving from the clearly signposted Mount Tibrogargan carpark area.
As you enjoy this Glass House Mountains hike take time to marvel at the beautiful scenery of casuarina groves, open eucalypt and melaleuca forests. On a quiet day you may spot native birds so if you like birdwatching, bring your camera/smart phone.
If you begin the trek clockwise you’ll ascend some dirt steps to a T-junction. Be sure to turn left here to take a photo at the small lookout close to the junction, situated at the entrance to the Mount Tibrogargan Summit Route.
You can include the 3km return Mount Tibrogargan Summit Route in your Sunshine Coast hinterland walks adventure if you want to add more length and much difficulty to your trek, but be warned, scaling the mountain is not for the faint of heart.
The Summit Route requires a high level of fitness, rock scrambling skills, good dexterity, and strong nerves as you’ll encounter steep gradients and treacherous conditions including steep rocky sections and irregular surfaces with loose stones, strong winds and slippery rocks in wet conditions.
The Summit Route is not suitable for kids and inexperienced hikers who cannot climb without assistance. If you doubt your ability, DO NOT RISK IT!
If you’d like to conquer 2 Glass House Mountains walks during your visit, you can include the *Grade 3 Tibrogargan Circuit in your round-trip.
The fairly level circuit will add about another 2km to the trek. It takes you around the base of Mount Tibrogargan offering a few sections of unobstructed views up the peak, where you might glimpse rock climbers hard at work. Bring binoculars if you’d like a better view of the gravity-defying action.
Tibrogargan Circuit will link up again with Trachyte Circuit. At the intersection you can turn right, back to the carpark, or continue following Trachyte Circuit on the left hand track. This Glass House Mountains hike can become a little tricky to navigate from here on out.
Though a leisurely stroll, you do need to pay attention to your route as some sections aren’t signposted and require you to cross forest ranger dirt roads to find where the track picks up again on the other side. If you’re not confident when it comes to your sense of direction, bring a map and compass.
Eventually you’ll come to Jack Ferris Lookout on Trachyte Ridge, a great spot for a selfie or a photo of the surrounding Glass House peaks.
After the lookout you’re homeward bound back to the carpark. The rest of the walk takes you down gentle slopes and across level ground.
If you’d like a meal or drink complemented by a great view after conquering these Glass House Mountains walks take a 5 minute drive to the Glass House Mountains Lookout Café at 82 Glass House Woodford Rd, Glass House Mountains.
The venue boasts stunning views of a mango orchard and Mount Coonowrin. It’s open 7 days a week from 9am to 3pm (extended hours sometimes apply on busy days).
Stop-off in the Glass House Mountains Township just north of the Barrs Rd turn-off to grab necessities at the IGA or visit the Glass House Mountains Visitor Information Centre. If travelling from Brisbane stop-off at the Bruce Highway’s Caboolture BP Visitor Information Centre.
Take Gympie Road onto the Bruce Highway and follow it north to the Beerburrum Glass House Mountains exit 163. After turning-off the highway follow Steve Irwin Way to the Barrs Road turn-off, left over train tracks. If you see Puma Petrol Station on your right you’ve gone too far.
Continue along Barrs Road to Mount Tibrogargan’s signposted parking lot on your left, or (if full) park curbside to begin the Trachyte Glass House Mountains hike.
If travelling from Caloundra or further north, follow Steve Irwin Way (at Caloundra’s Bruce Highway intersection) to Barrs Road. If you’re driving from Caloundra continue along Caloundra Road and over the Bruce Highway to turn left onto Steve Irwin Way.
If driving down from further north, look out for Aussie World on your right, you can’t miss it, about a minute after Aussie World you will need to take the Caloundra Road turn-off on your left.
Be careful here, you don’t want to merge onto Caloundra Road, instead you want to take the little turning lane on the right, before the highway turn-off road merges with Caloundra Road. You’ll need turn left crossing oncoming traffic to head over the bridge onto Steve Irwin Way.
As you follow Steve Irwin Way you’ll pass 2 major local attractions: the Big Kart Track and Australia Zoo, travelling by the Glass House Mountains Township not long before the Barrs Rd turn-off to your right. Stop in town to get some maps and info from the Glass House Mountains Visitor Information Centre.
Domestic animals aren’t allowed to join you for Glass House Mountains walks.
Public transport does not service Mount Tibrogargan. Please visit during daylight hours and give yourself enough time to complete your chosen walk with the sun still shining.
*Grade 3 = suitable for most ages and fitness levels
*Grade 4 = bushwalking experience recommended
Please care for our parks and forests when enjoying Sunshine Coast hinterland walks: