Ranger slams vandals after fresh graffiti found at Mount Ngungun in Glasshouse Mountains: ABC

ABC Sunshine Coast / By Josh Dye

A ranger at Mount Ngungun on the Sunshine Coast says “selfish people” have damaged the renowned wilderness area.
(Supplied: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service)
  • In short:
    Vandals have damaged and defaced rocks at a popular Sunshine Coast walking track for the second time in recent years.
  • Rangers suspect some of the engravings along the Mount Ngungun track were carved using power tools.
  • What’s next? Rangers and volunteers will spend the week removing the graffiti.

Vandals have damaged a popular Queensland mountain track by engraving and painting graffiti on the surrounding rock. 

Mount Ngungun is part of the Sunshine Coast’s renowned Glasshouse Mountains and attracts about 5,000 visitors a week. 

It’s a culturally significant mountain to the Kabi Kabi people, who were recently recognised as native title holders

The 2.8-kilometre return hike to the summit is popular with families, and the lookout offers sweeping views of the hinterland and coast. 

But the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has put visitors on notice after a spate of recent vandalism damaged rocks near the end of the mountain walking track. 

Two climbers standing on a mountain in the Glasshouse Mountains
The Glasshouse Mountains hold cultural significance to the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara people. (Supplied: Visit Sunshine Coast)

On Thursday, rangers received a new report about fresh graffiti and carved engravings. 

They suspect some of it was done using power tools. 

“It is extremely disappointing to see selfish people cause this type of damage to the mountain,” ranger James Plant said.

“Not only is this type of vandalism extremely disrespectful, but it looks terrible and is difficult or sometimes impossible to remove. 

“Every person who graffitis this beautiful area is contributing to irreversible changes that undermine the park’s cultural and environmental values.” 

engraving carved into rock
Engravings like this carved into Mount Ngungun have angered park rangers. (Supplied: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service)

Large fines of almost $500,000 can be issued to people caught damaging national parks. 

The QPWS said in a statement the damage is “disrespectful to the Kabi Kabi people who have a strong connection to the area”. 

Rangers and volunteers will spend this week trying to remove the graffiti. 

The mountain will remain open to the public. 

A man's finger next to large indentations on a rock face
Last year, vandals gouged rocks at nearby Mount Beerwah, forcing the closure of the mountain for several months.(Supplied: QPWS)

Last month, the Kabi Kabi people were formally recognised as native title holders of over 365,345 hectares of land and water on the Sunshine Coast, an area which includes Mount Ngungun. 

In 2023, vandals used power tools to carve a message into nearby Mount Beerwah, causing the mountain to be closed to the public for months while rangers worked to repair it. 

QPWS called out a similar instance of vandalism at Mount Ngungun in 2018. 

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