Climbing Mount Beerwah
We recently had the joy of climbing Mount Beerwah with some friends. Mount Beerwah is set in the Glasshouse Mountains region of the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland Australia. More than just a bush walk or hike, climbing Mount Beerwah is probably the closest thing you can get to rock climbing without needing the ropes!
The views are absolutely specular, and I captured the following snaps during our climb:
First of all, it is a 2.6 km trail up from the parking lot, and takes at least 2.5 – 3 hours for a return trip. If you’re planning on giving it a crack, be sure to pack heaps of water (2 litres per person), sunscreen and snacks, and only attempt to climb Mount Beerwah in dry weather.
How the Glasshouse Mountains Formed
The Volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains rise dramatically from the surrounding Sunshine Coast landscape. They were formed by intrusive plugs, remnants of volcanic activity that occurred 25-27 million years ago. Molten rock filled small vents or intruded as bodies beneath the surface and solidified into land rocks. Millions of years of erosion have removed the surrounding exteriors of volcanic cores and softer sandstone rocks.
The range was formed as molten lava cooled to form hard rock in the cores of volcanoes 31 million years ago.
(Cohen, B. E., Vasconcelos, P. M., and Knesel, K. M., 2007, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 54, p. 105-125.)
View from the Summit
Watch out for the Bugs while climbing Mount Beerwah!
On the way back down
Finally, coming back down Mt Beerwah was quicker than climbing up it, but a different technique is used; I like to call it the spider crawl! Scrambling down the rock face on Mount Beerwah is quite challenging, particularly as you begin to feel both physically and mentally tired. The rocks are quite hot on the hands, and very smooth and slippery in parts.
Did you enjoy the photos? Or have any other questions about climbing Mount Beerwah? Please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading! –Edwin