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Wild Horse Mountain

Sunshine Coast

Glass House Mountains National Park


Distance (kms):

1.4 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

78 m

Max. elevation (m):

113 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A short and steep walk to a fire tower with spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Glass House Mountains and to the Sunshine Coast.

This heavily trafficked hike starts from the car park on a side track off Johnstone Road (near the Bruce Highway service stations) in Coochin Creek. 

A short but steep concrete path leads all the way from the car park to a fire tower at the summit, 123 metres above sea level. 

While there are minimal views on the way up, you are rewarded with incredible 360 degree views at the top. 

Looking west, you can see all of the Glass House Mountains, including the prominent Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Beerwah, and Mount Coonowrin, as well Mount Ngungun, Mount Beerburrum, Mount Tibberoowuccum, the Tunbubudla Twins, Mount Coochin, Mount Cooee and Miketeebumulgrai.

Looking east, there are views across the Pumicestone Passage to Bribie Island and Moreton Island, as well as the coastline up to Caloundra. 

There are also great views of the Bruce Highway, surrounding pine plantations and even to the Brisbane CBD on a clear day.

Interpretive signs provide information on how the fire tower is used, as well as about the surrounding area.

Track: The track is paved all the way and is easy to follow. 

Difficulty: The track is short but steep. A moderate degree of fitness is recommended, however all fitness levels could achieve this with adequate breaks.  

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came. 

getting there

The trail starts from the car park on a side track off Johnstone Road (near the Bruce Highway service stations) in Coochin Creek, 1 hour drive north of Brisbane. 

Parking is ample but the walk can get quite busy on weekends.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round, however sunrise and sunset are particularly good times to complete the walk. 

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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