Trouble in the Glasshouse Family

The last time I tried a ride at the Glasshouse Mountains it had recently rained and I got stuck in miles of mud.

This time was much more enjoyable.

I found a decent looking route on Garmin Connect (thanks 1aggers) that I thought was worth a try, and set off from Matthew Flinders park.
Flinders Memorial

This place appeals to me from a historical perspective because it’s where Matthew Flinders camped in July 1799 while exploring the Moreton Bay area aboard the Norfolk, which makes it one of the earliest places in our region where European contact was first made. The story goes that Flinders sailed up the Pumicestone Passage and then up Glasshouse Creek before coming ashore and hiking to the base of Tibrogargan. It was too sheer for him to climb, so he took the easy option and climbed Mt Beerburrum instead.
The Legend of the Glasshouse Mountains
Whenever I visit the Glasshouse Mountains, I’m always mindful of the Aboriginal Legend of the area, and the timelessness of family conflict, disappointment and forgiveness (or the lack thereof). I don’t know what it is, but when you spend the day in front of these large monoliths, the legend becomes more than a quaint story. It takes on a power of its own. I could understand Tibrogargan’s rage, Beerwah’s disappointment, and even Coonowrin’s reticence.

So all of this was going through my head while I tried to complete this difficult ride today.

Trachyte Circuit
I started off on the Trachyte Track – a beautiful single track around the base of Tibrogargan. But watch out – it has stairs in some places making it a challenging ride at times.

The Trachyte Track winds through the forest up the northern slopes of Mt Beerburrum to Jack Ferris Lookout, which has some great views of some of the other mountains, including Tiberoowuccum and Ngungun – two of the smaller ones.

Tunbubudla (The twins)
I then bit off a bit more than I could chew when I tried riding over “The Twins”. These two pert mammarian hills seem harmless enough. But I ended up dragging the bike up the steep rutted track on one side, then carefully walking it down the steep rocky track on the other side. But I did ride some of it πŸ™‚

CoonowrinTibrogargan's Back
I then bashed north through some narrow muddy forestry roads until I reached the main lookout which has some excellent views of the mountains.

Mother Beerwah
From there I headed up to Beerwah then down some steep but picturesque tracks towards Coonowrin. All along this section, Beerwah towered over me as a rode. It was almost like she was looking over my shoulder.

Damage by 4wd's
Towards the end of this track, the wet weather and the 4WD’s have taken their toll. The track is terribly rutted, making it impossible to ride (or drive) through. My “Giant” bike was dwarfed by some of the ruts in the track.

Survey TreeFather Tibrogargan

Total distance: 40.92 km
Max elevation: 151 m
Min elevation: -3 m
Total climbing: 943 m
Total descent: -943 m
Average speed: 11.58 km/h
Total time: 05:30:20
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2 Replies to “Trouble in the Glasshouse Family”

  1. Neil

    I just love reading the story on many of your rides especially when I see where you have tried and actually have managed to get the bike. The track up between the twins must be a tad eroded nowdays.

    BTW the geocaches up on both of these are worth the effort to get to. However, neither journey is bike friendly.


    1. Russel

      Thanks for the comment. Riding between the twins is really hard work. It’s more of a hike-a-bike that a ride πŸ™‚ But as you know already, you see the best places that way. Those geocaches sound like fun. We could always chain the bike to a tree at the bottom πŸ™‚


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