Climbing and Caving Mount Beerwah – Glass House Mountains (QLD)

If you’re looking to make an adventure out of your weekend, Mount Beerwah is a must do. As one of the Glass House Mountains, Beerwah provides an iconic location with a challenging climb.

Standing 556 metres tall (above sea level) and situated about one hour from Brisbane City, it lies in a pretty convenient place for people who live anywhere between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.


Highlights 

  • Sweet rock scrambling
  • Amazing 360 views at the Peak
  • Caving with Bats

The Lowdown

I’ve gone from fearing this mountain to falling in love with it. Whilst the climb can be challenging at times, there is so much beauty all around you the whole way up. From some pretty gnarly rock scrambling at the start to squeezing into a deep cave with bats, there is plenty to see and do.

From the carpark, you follow a short trail to a small undercover shelter with toilets. I advise you use these before you head off, just so nobody runs into any toilet troubles during the climb (you could be up there for quite some time depending on your experience).

From here there is an information board about the history of the mountain and Aboriginal significance. I think it’s important to read this before you go up, just out of respect for the Aboriginal people and it also has some pretty interesting facts. From here, walk through a small gate and follow the bushwalking track to the first section of rock scrambling.

There will be some arrows painted onto the mountain the whole way up that will point in the direction of the advised trail. Follow the obviously marked trail up the mountain and don’t rush it. You will eventually reach the half way point which has the famous ‘Organ Pipes’ hanging right over your head.

At this point, the normal trail will follow in a Westerly direction (Right when you face the Organ Pipes). To find the cave, you must walk East (Left) for about 150 metres. You will then come across a small opening with a faint orange arrow painted above it.

It is a tight squeeze, and quite dirty in there, so you’ll need to have some older clothes on that you don’t mind getting dirty. Once you have squeezed in, you’ll find there are tiny bats hanging all around the cave. It’s a pretty cool sight to see, and the cave goes on for quite a while. This isn’t for the faint of heart or claustrophobic!

When you finish with caving, follow the track back to the half way point and proceed to take it to the peak. When there, enjoy the amazing 360 views of the surrounding mountains. You can see out over the D’Aguilar Range and out to Maleny/Montville area.

The trip down is a lot more challenging than going up so make sure to take your time going down and use your common sense. Make sure to give yourself ample time to go down before the sun sets, I’ve gone down in pitch black before and trust me, you don’t want to try it yourself.

Essential Gear

  • Water
  • Torch
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Phone 

How To Get There

Beerwah is located about an hour North of Brisbane. Follow the Bruce Highway and take the Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Route/Steve Irwin Way. Follow the signs on the road to Beerwah/GPS. When you get there, there is a short dirt road that you must take in order to get to the carpark.

Activities

  • Caving
  • Climbing/Hiking
  • Photography

Skill Level 

The climb is rated as ‘Very Hard’. Depending on your experience, it can be very challenging. I advise taking somebody who is experienced if you have never done it before.

Distance Covered/ Elevation Gain

2.6km Return/556 Metres High


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