Glass House Mountains National Park has an area of 2,117 hectares and starts about 70 km north of Brisbane. It is a flat plain featuring cores of extinct volcanoes, the outer rock having been eroded away. The park was established in 1994 and extended in 2010.
The Glass House Mountains were named by Captain James Cook in 1770 as he sailed up the coast. The mountains can be seen from quite a distance out to sea and the shapes reminded him of glass kilns.
The highest peak is Beerwah at 555m, while the most recognisable are Coonowrin (or Crookneck) 377m and Tibrogargan 364m (also 2nd & 3rd highest)
Walking tracks allow access to the summit of some of the peaks but you need to check with the National Parks on accessibility. Climbing the mountains can be extremely dangerous and many people have had to be rescued. There have also been fatalities.
The park covers a diverse range of habitiats from heath to open forest with some rainforest patches.
The Glass House Mountains are best viewed from Mary Cairncross Park - Maleny
This is a great activity for all ages offered by many lawn bowls clubs in Australia. It is good for their revenue and bare feet don't hurt the greens.
Most clubs also cater for groups providing buffets or BBQ meals. Also being clubs alcoholic drinks are cheaper than pubs.
Maleny Bowls Club provided a fantastic late BBQ breakfast for about 50 of us after my niece's wedding in 2010. After the meal the club members who did the cooking then became our teachers for the bowling. They stayed with us the whole morning and were enthusiastic in helping us have fun.
Even though lawn bowls is losing its tag of an older persons game the guys were really keen to drum up new members for the club. What a shame all of us were from out of town.
Maleny is a small town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland about 90km north of Brisbane. Its situation on the Blackall Range gives the advantage of spectacular views east out over the coast to the Pacific Ocean and south towards the Glass House Mountains. West is the superb farming area of Connondale and Kenilworth. It is 450 m above sea level which means quite chilly winters and milder summers than down on the coast.
The area around Maleny was first documented by the explorer Ludwig Leichardt (1844) and the area was settled in the era of the Gympie gold rush in 1867. Township was proclaimed in 1891. The area prospered from timber and a butter factory was opened in 1904.
The charm of Maleny belongs in the many shops and galleries, the comfortable B & B's and other accommodation. It is central for trips to the Glass House Mountains, Kenilworth Cheese Factory and the other range towns of Montville and Mapleton.
One of the most popular things to do is to walk through the rainforest in Mary Cairncross Park.