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Fuzzy Hats and Mountain Climbing

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An August 2006 trip to Queensland by stomps

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Quote: After a little convincing, my friend Michelle agreed to climb her first mountain with me. This is the tale of our exciting trip up Mt. Ngungun.

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Attraction | "Part 1: The Trek's Beginning"

Glass House Mountains National Park Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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A week before I left Australia for the third time, I went to the Brisbane Exhibition (described in my journal entitled "The Full Ekka Experience") with my friend, Michelle. Although Michelle had lived in Brisbane for seven years, it took a foreigner coming over to get her into the Ekka. During our day there, she told me how much she really liked seeing the country through someone else's eyes, because she was doing a lot of things that she normally wouldn't notice at all. Therefore, when I was looking for something to do on the last day we would see each other before I left, I thought I would throw an odd idea out and see what she thought."Would you like to go climb Mt. Ngungun (one of the smal...Read More

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Glass House Mountains National Park
Steve Irwin Way
Queensland, Australia 4518
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Attraction | "Part 2: Climbing Ngungun"

Glass House Mountains National Park Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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This entry is a continuation of The Trek's Beginning.As some of the few other hikers past us on the way down, they told us that "the next part is the most difficult part of the mountain." I had to laugh when I saw this "difficult" tract, since it was comparable to the hike to the base of Mt. Tibrogargan. However, it was very nice to not be completely petrified of what I was about to do, which is exactly how I felt before climbing Mt. Beerwah the second time (as described in my "People in the Glass House Mountains" journal). Plus, since Michelle had never climbed a mountain before, it was a perfect starter for her.The trail led between forested area on the left and a huge rock face on t...Read More

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Glass House Mountains National Park
Steve Irwin Way
Queensland, Australia 4518
61 (0)7 5499 9033

Glass House Mountains National Park

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Attraction | "Part 3: Oh No! Flying Ants!"

Glass House Mountains National Park Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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This entry is a continuation of Climbing Ngungun.When we got to "the summit", all the while staring at the 360 degree panorama all around us, which included a spectacular view of Crook Neck Mountain and the shadow of Beerwah behind, we got a nasty surprise. The topmost rock on the mountain - the one both Michelle and I wanted to stand on so we could truly say we'd stood at the top of Mt. Ngungun - was absolutely covered in bugs. On closer inspection, we found that these bugs were actually flying ants, and had a unique ability of enveloping any living being that tried to get near them within a matter of seconds.We quickly retreated and hopped around trying to clear our faces and hair of...Read More

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Glass House Mountains National Park
Steve Irwin Way
Queensland, Australia 4518
61 (0)7 5499 9033

Glass House Mountains National Park

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Attraction | "Part 4: The Summit, Sugarcane, and Beerwah"

Glass House Mountains National Park Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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This entry is a continuation of Oh No! Flying Ants!As we picked the numerous ants out of our hats, three people joined us at the top of the mountain. We laughingly pointed out that they shouldn't get too close to the swarming ant rock, and one of the ladies told us that she knew there was some sort of bug problem up here, since she had seen us dancing several minutes earlier.We ended up having a great chat with these people, who were from Whistler, Canada, and staying in nearby Caloundra for a couple weeks. They all loved our hats and asked why we were wearing them, which got us talking about the fun of the Ekka. Later, we pointed out the different Glass House Mountains, Caloundra and ...Read More

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Glass House Mountains National Park
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Queensland, Australia 4518
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Sunset over Bongaree Photo, Bribie Island, Queensland
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This entry is a continuation of The Summit, Sugar Cane, and Beerwah.As we stood underneath Beerwah, I pointed out the track, with a few dots moving along it still. I wanted to take her to the base of the mountain, but we just didn't have enough time if we wanted to follow through on our plans for the day.Fourty minutes later, we were standing in front of Scoopy's Ice Cream (described in my Bribie Island journal) at Bongaree, Bribie Island. We got there by taking the Glass House Mountains tourist route to the Bruce Highway. At Caboolture, we followed the signs to Bribie Island.Michelle had been to Bribie Island before, but not to this part of it. I had only been once, but I knew...Read More

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