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Mt Tibrogargan

Posted on 28 May 2011 | 0 comments

Jon wanted to go to the Lakeside Race Circuit to catch up with everybody and have a look at the race meeting and the cars. Jude received a better offer from Jonno who suggested a quick hike up Mt Tibrogargan in the Glasshouse Mountains…

We dropped off Jon at the circuit and drove on to the carpark at Mt Tibrogargan. It took us 1.5hr to get to the top and back (2.4km with a 288m ascent). Amazing views from the top as well as from the lower sections, quite easy to get to the top, but definitely taking it steady on the way back down as some sections we were on all 4’s.

start of the steeper section, not part of the circuit anymore

start of the steeper section, not part of the circuit anymore

Jonno on all 4's

Jonno on all 4’s

easy going up

easy going up

we're here!

we’re here!

and us

and us

close up of the 2 other peaks

close up of the 2 other peaks

Jonno on the way down - amazing views

Jonno on the way down – amazing views

Jude on the way down...

Jude on the way down…

signs at the start of the walk - I guess we did it in nearly half that time...

signs at the start of the walk – I guess we did it in nearly half that time…

We picked up Jon from the circuit on the way back and drove home. Fantastic way to spend the afternoon.

View from the Eastern side:

amazing views from the top

amazing views from the top

Mt Tibrogargan is a volcanic plug of hard alkali rhyolite that squeezed up into the vents of an ancient volcano 27 million years ago.

It is one of the most easily recognised mountains in South East Queensland, bearing some resemblance to a gorilla or an old man hunched over. However, in 2004 parts of the rock face that resembles the eyes eroded and subsequently crumbled off. The name Tibrogargan comes from the Undanbi words chibur flying squirrel and kaiyathin biting.

In the mythology of the region, Tibrogargan was the father of all the other Glass House Mountains except Beerwah, his wife. It was said that Tibrogargan saw a rising of the waters from the sea, and called to his son Coonowrin to take his mother Beerwah to a safe place; however, Coonowrin failed to do so, and in anger Tibrogargan clubbed Coonowrin and broke his neck.

Tibrogargan is the second steepest of the Glass House Mountains after Mount Coonowrin, and is also quite high for the region at 364 metres (although still almost 200 m shorter than Beerwah, the tallest of the group).

View from Northern side:

 

views of some of the other glasshouse mountain peaks

views of some of the other glasshouse mountain peaks

our route to the top

our route to the top

 

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