Starting from Mount Elimbah Carpark off Old Gympie Road, Elimbah, this return walk takes you to the summit of Mount Elimbah also known as Saddleback Mountain/The Saddleback), exploring the eucalypt woodland of Glass House Mountains National Park. You’ll be surprised by how panoramic and stunning the other mountain peaks look from the summit, as it is only 120 metres high. As you walk amongst eucalypt trees, expect to see lots of wildflowers along with interesting bird species. In addition to the birdsong, you can hear the nostalgic sound of cicadas as well. Time the walk on a sunset or sunrise to get an extraordinarily beautiful view, and maybe enjoy some food & drinks as you watch the sky change colors.
The short and undulating tracks make this walk a rather undemanding one, but the rocky footing and little rock scramble at the end can still be challenging for some. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed. 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.
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto King Street and drive for another 85 m
Continue onto Lower King Street and drive for another 1.2 km
Keep right onto Matthew Terrace and drive for another 15 m
Turn slight right onto Matthew Terrace and drive for another 340 m
Turn right onto Beerburrum Road, 60 and drive for another 1.3 km
Continue onto Old Gympie Road and drive for another 6 km
Turn left onto Old Gympie Road and drive for another 1.3 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Mount Elimbah Carpark off Old Gympie Road(50 metres southeast of Five Mile Creek Crossing), head towards the signposted metal gate along the dirt path. Head around the said gate and join the wide dirt track veering right. After about 100 metres from the gate, veer/keep right and follow the track towards the mountain to continue along Mount Elimbah (Saddleback) Track. Look for pink tape/ribbons and white arrows on trees for guidance.....
Directions & comments
After 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 710 m come to "Mt Elimbah".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 730 m to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Elimbah (Saddleback)
45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)