This is probably one of my favourite sunset places in Australia…and it is only a 1 hour drive away from Brisbane.
Mt Ngungun is one of the Glasshouse Mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and is 253m high. The well maintained walking track can be reached from the carpark at Fullertons Road. Note, there are no toilet blocks but drinking water is available at the entrance of the 2.8km return track.
The path is open to beginners and starts off easy. There are a few steps to climb and rocks to mount especially at the summit. It is a good track for young school kids which will make them feel proud once the 180m ascend is conquered.
Along the way there is a natural cave to admire. Mt Ngungun is also very popular with rock climbers and abseiling enthusiasts.
There is plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting like koalas, goannas or kangaroos. At times it can become very busy on Mt Ngungun, especially on the weekends and close to sunset. The birds and their beautiful singing will follow you on the track through the forest.
The Glasshouse Mountains are a special place to the indigenous people of Australia. It was a meeting place where people would gather for ceremonies. The name “Ngungun” is believed to be an Aboriginal word with the meaning of “black”. Black like the volcanic rocks and columns that were created approximately 25-27 million years ago and that can still be seen today along the walking track.
The 360 views from the summit are simply breath-taking. Especially sunrise and sunset are popular to enjoy at this absolutely magical place.