Climbing Mt Ngungun with kids

Mt Ngungun (pronounced ‘noo noo’) is one of the majestic Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. It offers a family friendly walk to the summit where you are rewarded with spectacular views.

Boy viewing Mt Beerwah and Mt Coonowrin from Mt Ngungun summit
Mt Beerwah and ‘Crookneck’ from the top of Mt Ngungun

Mt Ngungun is our favourite Glasshouse Mountain to climb with kids. It provides enough of a challenge to be more than just a bush walk but it’s still doable for those of us who aren’t super fit. The walk offers a great return on investment because you would normally have to work a lot harder to get such spectacular views! The summit overlooks Mt Beerwah, Mt Coonowrin (Crookneck) and Mt Tibrogargan and you can see all the way to the ocean. For park alerts or more information on the Glasshouse Mountains National Park click here.

View of the rocky summit of Mt Ngungun with sky and hills in the background

Things to know before you go…

Allow 2 hours for you visit

The walk itself is 2.8 km but you want to allow yourself time for short stops (to catch your breath or wait for slower members of your group), explore the summit and just enjoy the view. Find park updates and alerts here.

There are no toilets here!

The best nearby public toilets are at the Glasshouse Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre located on the corner of Steve Irwin way and Bruce Parade, Glasshouse Mountains. This is a great pit stop because the centre has a fantastic playground (Settlers Rotary Park) which features scaled down versions of the Glasshouse Mountains for the kids to climb.

The track can get quite rocky and, if it’s raining, slippery

The entrance to the Mt Ngungun walking track looks innocently wide, flat and gentle but don’t be fooled! It gets rockier as you go up and the last bit as you reach the summit can be a bit of scramble. The track is listed as a Grade 4 walking track and is not recommended you walk when the track is wet because of how slippery it can become.

View of the Mt Ngungun walking track showing a rocky, steep path sheltered by trees
The track can be very rocky in places
rocky and steep track to the summit of Mt Ngungun
The bit as you get to the top can be a bit of a scramble

Be prepared so you can enjoy the walk

Wear shoes and clothing appropriate for bushwalking or hiking. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat and mosquito repellant. We normally climb Mt Ngungun during the cooler months of the year (April – September) when the shaded track provides good cover from the sun and the mozzies are pretty scarce. Recently, we went up in January and were attacked by mosquitoes and sunburnt exploring the exposed summit so be prepared!

child walking up the walking track of Mt Ngungun

Take a first aid kit & your phone

Because it’s so rocky in places, you can expect kids might get the odd grazed knee. A small stash of bandaids and antiseptic cream might come in handy. Take your phone in case of emergency (or to upload the awesome photos of the summit to Facebook or Instagram).

There is a drinking water tap

child washing his hands at the water tap at Mt Ngungun

At the start of the walk (behind the information board) you can refill your water bottle. We usually have empty bottles at the end of the walk and fill up on our way out.

Getting there…

From the Bruce Highway (heading North or South), take the exit for Steve Irwin Way. Then turn west onto Burgess Road toward Glasshouse Mountains township. Then turn left onto Coonowrin and then right onto Fullertons Rd. There is allocated parking on the roadside.

A note about parking…. there is very limited allocated parking. If you arrive after 8 am on a weekend you may find it tricky to find a park or have to park on the rough roadside.

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