Starting from Old Gympie Road, Beerwah, this circuit walk/scramble takes you both to the western and eastern peaks of Mt Coochin, a scenic mountain rising 235 metres(western peak) above sea level. After you hop on the final rock, expect to be welcomed by panoramic views all over the surrounding Glass House Mountains along with others. Mellum to the north, Coonorwin(Crookneck) and Beerwah to the southwest, and Ngungun to the south. This track can be a great start for people who want to get used to scrambling. Although keep in mind that the descent from the eastern peak is known to be hard to navigate and more slippery than the other sections, so feel free to descend from the western peak instead. Insect repellent may come in handy against the mozzies(mosquitoes) and horse-flies. Start early on a sunny day as the track is fairly exposed. Do not schedule the trip after rainfall as the track becomes slippery and extra dangerous. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn left onto Roys Road and drive for another 6.9 km
Continue onto Kilcoy Beerwah Road, 6 and drive for another 600 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Kilcoy Beerwah Road, 6 and drive for another 520 m
Keep left and drive for another 75 m
Turn slight left onto Kilcoy Beerwah Road, 6 and drive for another 1.6 km
Keep left and drive for another 65 m
Turn slight left onto Old Gympie Road and drive for another 1 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Old Gympie Road(985 metres southwest of intersection with Peachester Road), head towards the mountain along the subtly-formed dirt track, moving directly away from the road. About 50 metres in, keep/veer left at the intersection. After another 50 metres, veer/turn right at the intersection and head towards the mountain to continue along Mount Coochin Peaks Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Fire Trail & Old Gympie Road Start heading along Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 80 m veer left, to head along Fire Trail.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Mt Coochin (southern) & Fire Trail) veer right, to head along Mt Coochin (southern).
After another 650 m come to the "Mt Coochin(West)".
After another 310 m pass the "Mt Coochin(East)" (15 m on your right).
After another 540 m veer left, to head along Fire Trail.
After another 275 m (at the intersection of Fire Trail & Mt Coochin (southern)) continue straight, to head along Fire Trail.
After another 55 m veer right, to head along Fire Trail.
After another 80 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Coochin Peaks Circuit
1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)