The Climb

5 Mountains in 3 Days
is an event to raise funds for the U’n’I are Free To Shine campaign by Free to Shine, an Australian charity which provides education scholarships to young girls and women rescued from sex slavery in Cambodia.

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Participants are given the challenge of climbing the following five mountains on the Sunshine Coast from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September, 2012:
  • Ngungun
  • Tibrogargan
  • Cooroorah (Pomona)
  • Tinbeerwah
  • Coolum
View the following links for more details:

Mount Ngungun

Distance: 2.2 km return
Time: ~ 2 hrs
Details: Mount Ngungun is about 3 km from Glass House Mountains township via Coonowrin and Fullertons Roads. This summit provides spectacular views of all four major mountain peaks. The track starts at the car park and is relatively short but steep in places and may be unstable in some sections. Family groups should be careful, as the track passes close to the cliff line. Adults should supervise children at all times. This track can become very slippery when wet.

Mount Tibrogargan

Distance: 3 km return
Time: ~ 3-4 hrs
Details: From Mountain View lookout, the climb continues to the summit. The summit climb is only suitable for experienced rock climbers with a high level of physical fitness and rockclimbing skills. Allow time to return from the climb during daylight hours.

Mount Tinbeerwah

Distance: 1 km return
Time: ~ 45 mins
Details: This mountain provides panoramic 360 degree views from north Sunshine Coast and Southern Cooloola, and on a good day views stretch south as far as Mooloolaba. The walk from the car park leads you to the fire tower 265 m above sea level. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera and take advantage of these spectacular views. Limited parking is available.

Mount Coolum

Distance: 1.6 km return
Time: ~ 2 hours
Details: A rough 800 m trail on the eastern side of the mountain leads from a carpark to the summit. Only fit walkers should attempt the climb. Dome-shaped Mount Coolum rises 208 m above the sugar cane fields and coastal resorts to dominate the skyline in the Sunshine Coast lowlands. Mount Coolum National Park contains most of the mountain with its craggy cliffs. After rain, waterfalls cascade over the sides.

Mount Cooroora

Distance: varies
Time: ~ 2 hours
Details: This popular mountain walk that rises to 439m is steep and difficult. Every July the King of the Mountain challenge takes place and the record is about 20 minutes to the top and back. Allow two hours and that will still be some effort on this steep climb with some loose stones. The car park is located on Mountain Road which is off School Road in the village of Pomona. 


To participate, please register as an individual or a group using this form.


Participants are encouraged to register as a group and carpool. As this is a small project with no funding, the organisers are unable to provide transport to and from each of the mountains.

Under 16's

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult when climbing.

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Drinking water
  • Camera and phone
*Always tell someone where you're going and when you should be home if climbing alone