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Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains are found in the hinterland of Queensland"s Sunshine Coast. They are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes, so that the sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only hardened plugs or rock spires.

The Aboriginal dreaming story about these formations gives each of the mountains a name and character in a family, and tells a dramatic story of human relationships.

Captain James Cook gave the area its unusual English name while sailing past, on his way up Australia"s east coast, in 1770. From a distance they reminded him of the glass-making furnaces of his home town in Yorkshire.

There are both sealed and unsealed roads through the Glass House Mountains National Park, with spectacular lookouts over the surrounding plains along the way. An excellent day trip could include a lunch stop at picnic grounds, bush trails and rock-climbing.

The area around the mountains produces many tropical fruits such as avocados, pineapples and papaws as well as strawberries, vegetables, nuts and tobacco.

Visitors can stay in the area at the township of Glass House Mountains, which can be reached in about 20 minutes from Caboolture or 30 minutes from Caloundra.

Image: Glass House Mountains National Park - Courtesy of Queensland Tourism

Things to do:

  • Drives - there are a number of scenic drives through the national park
  • Walks - bushwalks in the national park
  • Australian Teamsters Hall Of Fame and Spirit of Cobb & Co - a tribute to animal-drawn transport and to the Cobb & Co coach company of the 1800s
  • Main Lookout - is found in the township

    In the area:

  • Mt Beerburrum Lookout - near the township of Beerburrum to the south of Glass House Mountains
  • Glass House Mountains: Where To Go / Sightseeing

    Glass House Mountains National Park


    They're one of the most quintessential landmarks on the Sunshine Coast - eleven peaks that rise dramatically from the coastal plains. Their beauty caught the attention of Captain James Cook in 1770 who named them the Glass House Mountains because they reminded him of glass furnaces back in Yorkshire. Formed over 26 million years ago, these volcanic plugs are spiritually significant to the local Aboriginal people and are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Registers as a landscape of national significance.

    The peaks are known as Mount Beerburrum, Mount Beerwah, Mount Coochin, Mount Coonowrin (Crookneck), Mount Elimbah (The Saddleback), Mount Ngungun, Mount Tibberoowuccum, Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Tunbubudla (The Twins), Wild Horse Mountain (Round Mountain) and Mount Miketeebumulgrai.

    Remnants of open eucalypt woodland and heath vegetation can be found in the park which is home to a variety of animals and plants.

    For great views, head to the lookout in Beerburrum State Forest or take on one of the peaks. There are a range of walking trails, ranging in difficulty, that can be found in various locations throughout the National Park. The summit routes on Mounts Ngungun and Tibrogargan are also suitable for roped sports for experienced and well-equipped climbers.




    Steve Irwin Way,
    via
    Glass House Mountains, QLD, 4518

    Located 3.7K from Glass House Mountains

    Australia Zoo


    Crikey! It's as wild as life gets at Australia Zoo, Home of the Crocodile Hunter, with more wildlife and entertainment than you can poke a stick at! With over 1200 animals and stacks of free shows daily, it's chock-a-block full of wildlife action and adventure.

    Get hands-on with cuddly koalas, waddling wombats, slithering snakes and cute kangaroos. Come face to face with majestic tigers, or get your photo taken with a baby alligator.

    Visit Bindi's Island, an incredible three-story treehouse and wildlife haven where ring-tailed lemurs roam free, and you can see giant Aldabran tortoises, macaws, boa constrictors and an alligator snapping turtle!

    Experience the wide open plains of their African Savannah and see exotic animals such as giraffe, rhino and zebra interacting together - and marvel at the gorgeous cheetah as they walk by.

    Then join the snakes, free-flight birds and crocs live in the world-famous Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum, and get your adrenalin pumping as you watch a crocodile launch a strike from the water's edge.

    With stacks of wildlife action and shows, Australia Zoo is your ultimate wildlife destination - go on, go wild with them!




    1638 Steve Irwin Way
    Beerwah, QLD, 4519

    Located 6.7K from Glass House Mountains

    Anzac Avenue Memorial Trees, Beerburrum


    Beerburrum, off Steve Irwin Way, was the first and largest of about 24 soldier settlements established in Queensland to help returned soldiers re-enter civilian life as farmers.

    The Governor's wife Lady Goold-Adams drew the first land ballot on 6 November 1916. More than 21,000 hectares of farming land was made available for pineapple growing, other horticulture, bee-keeping and poultry.

    Over the course of the scheme, which ran until 1929, about 400 soldiers and their families tried their luck farming at Beerburrum. Poor soil and low prices made it financially tough for the former diggers. By 1929, only 69 soldier settlers remained.

    In May 1920, General Sir William Birdwood, described by some historians as 'the soul of ANZAC', planted a camphor laurel tree in what he named ANZAC Avenue. School children planted more trees to create an avenue, in time for a visit to the settlement by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) in August that year.

    Unlike other memorial avenues in which a tree symbolised a specific fallen soldier (often bearing a name plate), Beerburrum's trees were in memory of 'lost mates'.

    Today, only 13 trees from the WWI memorial survive.




    Anzac Avenue
    Beerburrum, QLD, 4517

    Located 6.9K from Glass House Mountains

    Mooloolah River National Park, Jowarra Section


    This park on the banks of the Mooloolah River, protects one of the few remaining coastal rainforest areas in this region. Also known as Jowarra, this is an important home for wildlife, including the wompoo fruit-dove, eastern yellow robin and the vulnerable Richmond birdwing butterfly. The river is home to platypus, which may be seen at dawn and dusk. Two short, easy walks lead from the rest area: the Mooloolah River circuit and the Melaleuca walk. The tracks are not sealed but in dry weather they are wheelchair accessible. Use insect repellent to deter mosquitoes and leeches.




    Mooloolah River National Park, Jowarra section
    Beerwah, QLD, 4519

    Located 9.3K from Glass House Mountains

    Landsborough Museum


    The original Landsborough Shire Council Chambers were designed in 1924 by renowned architect Walter Carey Voller and built from local timbers by A.E. Round in 1988 using funding from the Bicentenary. The old building was revamped and a new building of mud brick construction was added. The complex was re-opened on Australia Day 1988, by J.L. Beausang last chairman of Landsborough Shire and first mayor of Caloundra City as the Landsborough Museum.

    At its meeting on 25 June 1999, the Heritage Council resolved to enter the 'former Landsborough Shire Council Chambers' in the Queensland Heritage Register. Its mission is to collect, research, conserve, interpret and exhibit the artefacts, memorabilia, documents, photographs and stories of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples whose heritage can be linked to that region, known in the year 2000, as Caloundra City.




    4 Maleny Street
    Landsborough, QLD, 4551

    Located 9.8K from Glass House Mountains

    Big Kart Track Pty Ltd


    Big Kart Track is the largest commercial go kart track In Australia. They have 50 karts going on their 1.2 kilometre long international standard race track at 70 kilometres per hour. They are open seven days a week.

    A perfect venue for your company, social club or association to have an action-packed experience whilst doing some team building in full fun!!!

    Since 1983 they have been in the business to please and give the best fun in full safety!

    Adrenaline unleashed!




    2310 Steve Irwin Way
    Landsborough, QLD, 4550

    Located 11.6K from Glass House Mountains

    Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve


    Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 55 hectares of National Estate listed subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which promises to delight with its tranquility and beauty. Step back in time in their Rainforests Through Time display, take a relaxing walk along their rainforest tracks, have a picnic or barbecue, or relax at the Cafe.




    41 Mountain View Road
    Maleny, QLD, 4552

    Located 15.2K from Glass House Mountains

    Caloundra Cruise


    Caloundra Cruise is an iconic Sunshine Coast attractions suitable for all ages. Sunday and Tuesday to Friday, on the 90 minute Smoothwater Classic Cruise, discover the spectacular beauty of this marine environment with abundant bird life and locals at play. Hear the waterway's rich nautical history; see the wildlife and experience superb views from Caloundra Heads to Moreton Island, Bribie Island National Park and the "Blue Hole", all from a specially designed riverboat. The calm waters of this marine park ensures a pleasant trip.

    You can include a break for lunch at the Pelican Waters Tavern and take advantage of the specially priced "cruise boat menu".

    Each Thursday, the "Eco Explorer" cruises deeper into the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park for some great bird watching opportunities. An experienced guide will cover the fascinating history, geography and ecology of this pristine region. Enjoy a deluxe morning tea at anchor while you observe the native flora and fauna and hear dreamtime legends. You'll return in time for lunch ashore.

    Or take in a stunning sunset over the Glasshouse Mountains while relaxing on their BYO Friday or Saturday Sunset Cruise.

    Check the website for the new Saturday Quarterdeck Cruise.




    38 Pelican Waters Boulevard,
    Pelican Waters Jetty
    Pelican Waters, QLD, 4551

    Located 16.6K from Glass House Mountains

    Glass House Mountains: Events

    Steve Irwin Day


    Crikey! The countdown has begun for Steve Irwin Day on 15 November - an international and annual event to celebrate the extraordinary life of the one and only Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. The day will represent the many things Steve was passionate about: family, wildlife conservation and fun.

    Steve Irwin Day is also a day where people around the world join together to raise money for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors to help continue Steve's conservation work and the preservation of wildlife and wild places.

    There will be stacks of fun activities on Steve Irwin Day, all focused on celebrating and remembering the life of Steve Irwin!


    Event Dates
    2016
          15th Nov


    1638 Steve Irwin Way
    Beerwah, QLD, 4519

    Located 6.6K from Glass House Mountains

    Glass House Mountains: Travel Tips

    Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre


    The Glasshouse Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre is located in Settlers Rotary Park on the corner of Bruce Parade and Steve Irwin Way in the Glasshouse Mountains.

    This accredited Visitor Information Centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. The centre is also a interpretive centre with interactive displays on the history of the area.

    A small selection of local products and souvenirs are available for sale and are unique for gift ideas. Local honey and jams are very popular. New products include Hinterland Feijoas and local gift cards and children's books and handmade jewellery. EFTPOS only.

    Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable local volunteer Ambassadors, the Glasshouse Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do and where to eat. Discuss your travel plans or get a tip on the famous walks in the Glasshouse Mountains with our friendly Ambassadors.

    The Centre offers free Wi-fi for visitors and is open from 9.00am until 4.00pm daily.

    The Centre is located in a park that has public toilets, playground, barbecue and picnic tables and off street car park.




    Bruce Parade,
    Corner of Reed Street,
    Settler's Rotary Park
    Glass House Mountains, QLD, 4518

    Located 0.1K from Glass House Mountains

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