“I’m not hiking up a mountain” are the words muttered in the car as we approach closer to the sheer lump of rock. After 6 weeks in isolation, this journey marks the first time of feeling ‘freedom’. As it stands, those living in Australia may travel up to 50km from their homes for recreational reasons.
The Sunshine Coast exceeds that limit and Bribie Island has minimal to no swell from my residence. The idea of finally having a surf is way out of the question. With this new limited sense of ‘freedom’, exploration had to be on the agenda. It would only seem logical that a hike up a mountain was the only way to strip away the isolation blues.
The Glass House Mountains have various hikes available depending on your fitness/climbing ability. There are several mountains to choose from, however, Mount Ngungun is the easiest to climb. In reality, there is no climbing involved at all, pathways lead the way to its peak.
Parking is easily available, aside from the small car park section capable of fitting around 12 cars, you can continue to park down the road on a slight hill. Be cautious not to park in front of a private road entrance. No doubt some poor soul could not enter or leave their property due to visitors not reading the signs and blocking the entranceway.
Mount Ngungun is the sixth tallest of the Glass House Mountains. The hike is beginner level, so if you're looking for the easiest of hikes, Mount Ngungun has you covered. In reality, the trail is not steep, the pathways are easily accessible and in terms of steepness, there is little to none.
Mount Ngungun is known as the dingo to the family of the rest of the Glass House Mountains. Halfway up the trail expect some spectacular views of mountains and forests as far as the eye can see. If you're worried about the heat, don’t be, the hike is surrounded by forest leaving little room for the sun to dry you out.
The walkways are limited in room, without a doubt, expect arrogant trail users to take up the whole path in pairs, making you sway to the side so their pride and bullshit attitude can be kept intact. Towards the end of the trail before the top, expect some climbing for about 5 seconds before you peek over the top and succumb to the view before you.
There’s plenty of room at the top to sit and have your own perspective on what’s being offered in front of you. As expected, sunrise and sunset are considered the busiest of times. As far as mountains go Mount Ngungun is a great hike for those both inexperienced and visiting Queensland looking for some of the best views of the coast and the hinterland.