is the highest of the ten volcanic plugs
in the Glass House Mountains
range, 22 km north of Caboolture
in South East Queensland
. It was formed 26 million years ago during the tertiary period
Mount Beerwah has two peaks, the taller of which is 556 metres 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 words "birra, or "sky," and "wandum," "climbing up."
In the mythology
of the region, Mount Beerwah was the mother of all the other mountains in the region except Mount Tibrogargan
, the father. Local aboriginals disliked climbing the mountains for reasons unknown.
The mountain is basically a column of trachyte
. One side features a dramatic, inward leaning cliff face known as the Organ Pipes. At its base is a number of small caves.
It is legal to climb Mount Beerwah and Mount Tibrogargan; the views from the summit are rewarding. There is a 2.6 km trail up from a state government maintained parking lot. that turns into a climb that can be done without equipment. Even experienced hikers should not... Read More