Mount Beerwah viewed from Mary Cairncross Reserve
|Elevation||556 m (1,824 ft)|
|Range||Glass House Mountains|
|Age of rock||26 million years|
|First ascent||Andrew Petrie and John Petrie|
Mount Beerwah is the highest of the ten volcanic plugs in the Glass House Mountains range, 22 km north of Caboolture in South East Queensland, Australia. It was formed 26 million years ago during the Oligocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period. Geologists estimate it may have been three times the height before it was eroded to a volcanic plug.
Mount Beerwah has two peaks, the taller of which is 556 metres (1,824 ft) high. It is one of the most visually prominent mountains in south-east Queensland. The first white person to ascend the peak was Andrew Petrie with his son John Petrie. Its name comes from the Dungidau language words "birra, or "sky," and "wandum," "climbing up."
In the traditional Aboriginal story of the region, Mount Beerwah is the pregnant mother and Mount Tibrogargan the father of all the other mountains in the area. Local aboriginals consider the mountains sacred.
It was legal to climb all mountains in the Glasshouse National Park but this is unfortunately no longer the case. Mount Tibrogargan and Ngunngun both remain open with maintained walking trails; the views from the summit of Mount Beerwah are however very rewarding. There is a 2.6 km trail up from a state government maintained parking lot. The start of the trail is a "level 5 difficulty" walk that turns into a climb that can be done without equipment. Even experienced hikers should not attempt this trail unless they have at least three hours of daylight and there is no chance of rain. Depending on fitness, climbers should plan on taking two to three litres of water per person.
Mount Beerwah summit trail has been controversially closed to climbing since 2009. The damage from a rock fall is still evident and there has been no attempt to fix handrails and re-open the tourist track. Fines of $300 can be issued if people access areas that are closed to the public.
The following forum article discusses the closure and the works involved in assessing safety, including photos taken in late 2011.
- Horton, Helen (1988). Brisbane's Back Door: The story of the D'Aguilar Range. Bowen Hills, Queensland: Boolarong Press. pp. 142—144. ISBN 0-86439-036-X.
- "Mount Beerwah Track". queenslandholidays.com.au. Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "About Beerburrum, Beerwah". Department of Environment and Resource Management. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
Media related to Mount Beerwah at Wikimedia Commons