8 Best Mountains to Climb in South East Queensland! (If You Love Views)

Who doesn’t love a good view! Mountains are that perfect balance of hard work with an awesome reward. And if you are like me, I prefer my hard earned ascent to be matched with an epic vista!

South East Queensland is home to some very accessible peaks with 360 degree views. Picking only the best, these are the mountains you have to climb! Going on a Queensland winters day makes for the clearest views and nice, comfortable weather as the summer's can get frighteningly hot. Always take plenty of water (3L per half day) as most places do not have creeks for re-supply.


Time: 1.5 hours return

Grade: Easy

Track Info: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/glass-house-mountains/mt-ngungun

This is the best starting point for anyone wanting to try their hand at peak bagging. It’s easy to get to and has a great view at the top. This was always my go-to introductory hike when I ran my adventure group. People loved it!

It’s also a great place to go abseiling or climbing. Pinnacle Sports in Brisbane runs trips to Mt Ngungun and was actually the way I started getting into vertical roped sports in the beginning! I can highly recommend a trip with them!


Time: 3 hours return

Difficulty: Moderate (requires basic scrambling skills and head for heights)

Track Info: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/glass-house-mountains/mount-tibrogargan-summit

This is my favourite out of the glass house mountains. Mt Tibrogargan, the father of the mountains, is a test piece for those looking to climb more mountains. Having good scrambling skills makes all the difference as there are some bits that can make some squeamish with the exposure. Practice makes perfect and once you’ve done Tibrogargan once, you can keep going to gain more confidence in your scrambling abilities. This was another peak I used in my adventure group to help build skills.


Read More:

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Time: 3-4 hours return

Difficulty: Hard (requires basic scrambling skills and head for heights)

Track Info: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/glass-house-mountains/mount-beerwah-summit

Just like nearby Tibrogargan, Mt Beerwah offers great views and a ‘interesting’ experience getting up. The rocky slabs can be quite bare of holds with the hardest bit being right at the start. You can get around this on the far left (facing the slabs) with a hidden track that is slightly easier. One highlight of Mt Beerwah is the impressive overhangs at the main cliff below the summit. This is also the place I spent my first night on a portaledge!


Time: 3-4 hours return

Difficulty: Hard (requires basic scrambling skills and head for heights)

Track Info: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/mt-walsh

This one is a little bit of a drive from Brisbane (3.5 hrs) but makes a perfect weekend away! There are nearby rock pools and you can also try Coongara rock (4WD needed) It seemingly sticks out of nowhere and is as equally impressive once you reach the top. It has a remote and wild feel to it. This was also the place where I learnt the hard way to be careful what you trundle on an adventure climbing trip!


Time: 4 hours return

Difficulty: Moderate

Track Info: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/mt-barney/mount-may

A great addition to your peak bagging list is Mt May. Offering great views, especially on the way up, you can always squeeze in a few more (Mt Cordeaux & Mt Mitchell are some other great ones) on a weekend trip.


Time: 3 hours return

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Track Info: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/sunshine-coast/mt-cooroora

We don’t see Mt Cooroora on too many mountain lists but it offers amazing 360 degrees views. The trail is well worn and there are even concrete and metal steps in places! Best paired with a trip visiting the sunshine coast hinterland.


Time: 5 hours return

Difficulty: Moderate/Hard

Track Info: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/mt-barney/mt-maroon

Mt Maroon is my second favourite peak in the scenic rim area. The view over towards Mt Barney from the top is just spectacular! The summit is nice and flat on top making for a great lunch spot.


Time: 7-10 hours return

Difficulty: Hard

Track Info: https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/mt-barney/

Saving the best till last, Mt Barney offers a true taste of getting up a high mountain. With about 1100 meters of elevation gain, its a big day out! You can read about Mt Barney in my guide below including which route to take for your first trip there:

The Best Mountain in South East Queensland! Your Guide to Mount Barney!

So that's my list for mountains to climb if you love views! Got any favourites of your own? Share them below!

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