The Glasshouse Mountains sit upon the interior of the Sunshine Coast, the dramatic rise fo their peaks making for some spectacular scenery. They were named by Captain Cook for quite a literal reason: ‘These hills lie but a little way inland and not far from each other, they are very remarkable on account of their singular form of elevation, which very much resemble glass houses which occasioned my giving them that name…’ (from his 1770 Journal).
Their geology is quite interesting, as they are in fact ancient volcanic plugs, formed when molten rock filled vents within the volcanoes or intruded beneath their surface to form hard rocks. These rocks remained even after erosion removed the surrounding volcanic cones, forming the peaks we see today. The area has also served as a significant meeting place for Aboriginal people to gather for ceremonies and trading.
Mount Ngungun is the 6th tallest of the Glasshouse Moutnains, standing at 253m. The walk to the summit is just under 3km return (took us around an hour to go up and back). The track mostly consists of open forest with an understory of ferns. A good pit stop is halfway through, where a rock overhang and cave sits, and a view opens up towards Mount Tibrogargan.
The summit itself is very rewarding. It provides spectacular, uninterrupted, 360-degree views of nearby Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah. There are plenty of rocks to scramble around to catch a different perspective of your surrounds, provided you are fairly immune to vertigo!
Grey skies threatened a downpour of rain while we were at the summit. This veiled the mountains in some pretty mist, but luckily for us, raincoats were delayed until we were back to the safety of the car. The rain deterred us from further mountain climbing, but we were grateful to have snuck in at least one summit climb!