4WDING THE GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS
Southeast Queensland has plenty to offer beginner and season 4WDers. But few places hit the spot quite like the Glasshouse Mountains. Just a short drive from Brisbane, the Glasshouse Mountains have plenty to keep you busy, from inclines to mud holes, and rugged forestry roads.
Aside from its proximity to Brisbane, Glassy offers beginner 4WDers accessible tracks. In the dry, you can get about with most factory issue 4WDs, with almost no modifications necessary.
However, be warned, this is only in the dry. The Glasshouse Mountains become a different beast once they have had a spot of rain, and tracks you might have found straightforward and accessible before, can suddenly become treacherous and unpassable.
Because of this level of unpredictability, is it wise to have at least one recovery vehicle in your convoy and someone who knows how to use the recovery gear effectively. It is accessible to beginners, but it is easy to lose your way out there and end up on a more challenging track.
START AT THE LOOKOUT
Most 4WDers start their trips to Glassy at the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout. From there it is a 5-minute drive to Big Red Carpark, and almost immediately, the bush opens up and you are rewarded with stunning views over the hills (I told you it was accessible).
I would recommend bringing a 4WD with a locker to the Glasshouse Mountains. I have seen plenty of blokes over the years that have come when they thought conditions were dry, only to find that they get to a hill climb, have to back out half way up, and do some damage. The same model 4WD with a locker would have had no issue tackling the same hill.
One of the most popular trails is Little Red. It is essentially two tracks, one which used to be a chicken track on which snakes to the left, and one which snakes to the right. Take the right every time unless you have a bottomless pocket to replace doors, windows, shock absorbers, etc. The left track has become a perilous parade of panel damage and mechanical failures.
But the right track, by far the more enjoyable, has rock steps and ruts, but only for a segment of around 50 metres long. Once you are past this, it is smooth sailing.
If you are looking for some fun without putting your vehicle and skills to the test, the Glasshouse Mountains have plenty of beginner trails. Head north from the Big Red Car Park and play hills and you will soon find runs that branch off the Powerlines track that will be up your street. The Canyon will require a 4WD with some extensive modification, and will pose a challenge to novice 4WDers, but most other tracks around here should be very forgiving.
FUN AND GAMES IN THE GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS
It isn’t just 4WDing that makes the Glasshouse Mountains such an attractive spot, there are plenty of other outdoor pursuits to enjoy. Climbing Mt. Beerwah is a fun day out and can be completed by kids of all ages. For adrenaline junkies, there are places to abseil down from the summit and plenty of cliffs and faces for climbing.
One of the best things about the Glasshouse Mountains is the sense of community. If you are unsure, or just want some company on your trip, get in touch with the Glasshouse Area 4WD Hub on Facebook. They are always organising runs in the region and are a welcoming bunch. Whatever your level, you will get something out of your trip
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