There are some great walks at the Glass House Mountains, including summit walks that offer stunning views of the area and the mountains. Mt Ngungun is one of the more accessible summit walks, and Mt Beerburrum is paved the whole way but is extremely steep.
The Scenic Lookout, or Glass House Mountains Lookout depending on which brown sign you spot, offers good views of the mountains without the huff and puff associated with the others, including wheelchair access.
At around 170m the lookout is not as high up, but it is more centrally located so you can see from the one spot Mt Ngungun , Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Tibberoowuccum, Mt Beerwah, Mt Coonowrin (also known as Crookneck), Mt Beerburrum , Mt Tunbubudula (also known as The Twins), and Mt Miketeebumulgrai.
Another difference with the Scenic Lookout over the summits, there are toilets available. An oddity however is the men’s have flushing toilets, and women’s have long drops.
We used to go here fairly with a 4wd club and friends, and it took us years to know they were different. We just assumed they were the same and never discussed until a woman skipped the queue by using the men’s and discovered the variation.
There are a number of picnic tables, a couple of them undercover, and free BBQs for use as well. Some of the tables and BBQs have a couple of steps down, but a couple are wheelchair accessible. If you prefer to throw out a picnic blanket, there is some flat grass in the same area.
There is a short 800m walk for those wanting to stretch their legs. There are no views on the walk, which follows along the side of the hills the lookout is at. It is an easy walk but has steps in a few places that make it unsuitable for wheelchairs.
The Glass House Mountains Scenic Lookout provides an easily accessible lookout to view the Glass House Mountain peaks without having to climb one of the summits, or even to view them from a different perspective from the views from the summits, and is closer than the views from the Blackall Range at Mary Cairncross Park and McCarthys Lookout in Maleny.
To get there:
From Steve Irwin Way (take exit 163 heading north on Bruce Hwy, or exit 188B heading south), turn into Beerburrum Rd for the Beerburrum township. Follow Beerburrum Rd for 1km, and turn right into Beerburrum Woodford Rd, with a brown sign. Follow Beerburrum Woodford Rd for 4km, and turn right into Old Gympie Rd. After 2.4km, turn left into Glass House Woodford Rd with the brown sign for Scenic Lookout, and follow for another 2.8km, with the parking area on the left.
From Mt Beerburrum Lookout, head out of Mount Beerburrum Access back to Beerburrum Rd, and turn right. After 170m turn right into Beerburrum Woodford Rd, with a brown sign. Follow Beerburrum Woodford Rd for 4km, and turn right into Old Gympie Rd. After 2.4km, turn left into Glass House Woodford Rd with the brown sign for Scenic Lookout, and follow for another 2.8km, with the parking area on the left.
From Mt Ngungun, head west along Fullertons Rd for 1.2km to Old Gympie Rd, and turn left into Old Gympie Rd. Continue for 3km, and turn right into Glass House Woodford Rd with the brown sign for Scenic Lookout, and follow for another 2.8km, with the parking area on the left.
Toilets: Yes, flushing for men, long drop for women
Water: Yes, not potable
Wheelchair accessible: Yes