The Glasshouse Mountains are located to the north of Brisbane.
On May 17, 1770 Captain James Cook discovered these mountains, and said as they looked like a glass house, he would name them the "Glasshouse Mountains."
They are a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs, that rise abruptly from the ground in unusual shapes, quite stunning!
Anytime of the year is a great time to do one of the many bushwalks or just picnic and visit the lookouts in the area.
A LITTLE ABOUT THEM
According to Aboriginal legend, THE MOUNTAINS....Tibrogargan (364m high), the father....Beerwah (555m - highest peak) the mother,......had a number of children.
Coonowrin (377m high - narrowest and most dramatic of all the volcanic plugs) was the eldest.......Tunbubudla were the twins (293m and 312m)....... Coochin (235m)........ Ngungun (253m)...... Tibberoowuccum (220m)...... Miketeebumulgrai (199m) and Elimbah (129m).
A story then unfolds, please visit the website if you wish to find out the full story................
Its well worth the visit, as these are most interesting mountains. You will also see Pineapple Plantations, and if you wish, you could visit Australia Zoo the same day.
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The Glasshouse Mountains are approximately 30 km from Brisbane and 120 km from the Gold Coast, travelling time is half an hour and 1.5 hours respectively. The Bruce Highway is 6lanes now, and a good, easy drive.
Coach and Bus services operate regularly between the town of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Hinterland and Brisbane.
"These hills lie but a little way inland, and not far from each other: they are remarkable for the singular form of their elevation, which very much resembles a glass house, and for this reason I called them Glass Houses."
Captain James Cook
Still heading north from Brisbane, but behind the Sunshine Coast, you will find the Glasshouse Mountains, given that name by Captain James Cook, the first explorer to chart this coast in 1770. These are the central cores of long-gone ancient volcanoes, from memory a type of rock called trachyte (I’m sure my geologically inclined VT friends will correct me if that’s wrong), which tends to shine in bright sunshine – leading the good Captain to the thought that they resembled glasshouses. I guess, on a long voyage, you need all the mental stimulation you can find! . The area now has extensive pine plantations and also is one of Australia’s main pineapple growing areas. There are roads through the mountain area and they are popular with mountain climbers, but several are unsuitable for the inexperienced.
Further on from the Glasshouses, is the hinterland to the Sunshine Coast. Here are hills with rainforest and little villages which now are popular stops for their craft outlets and restaurants. The little township of Maleny is typical, with dairy cattle grazing on hillsides overlooking the main street. It is easy to fill a day just following the road through this area and stopping in at some of the more interesting shops and eateries.
Main photo: Glasshouse Mountains
Second photo: Maleny, with dairy cows nearby.
Glass House mountains are part of the great dividing range and are located between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast (just 40 mins north of Brisbane). There are 11 principal peaks, which date back 20 million years, the highest of which is Beerwah at 1,824 feet. They are composed of volcanic trachyte and rise abruptly from the coastal plain. Each of the peaks is a national park.