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Brisbane Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
"Hop on your double-decker bus at any of the 15 stops (see the Important Info tab) to begin your tour; your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours from first use depending on which option you choose. Enjoy onboard commentary that shares informative det a sandstone building from 1872; the heritage-listed City Hall with its iconic clocktower also home to the Museum of Brisbane; and the Commissariat Store and Old Windmill that are the two remaining buildings of the city's convict era. Along Park Road you can peruse the cafes restaurants and boutiques or hop off at the Cultural Centre to take in art hubs like the Queensland Museum or the Performing Arts Centre. If the sea fascinates you hop off at the Maritime Museum one of the largest of its kind in Australia. Just around the bend you can find the South Bank Parklands which features the sandy Streets Beach
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Brisbane Kayak Tour
"Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced paddler get out and discover Brisbane’s beautiful river city by kayak either day or night. Riverlife’s guided kayaking adventure sessions lets you see the city from a unique angle while you glide along the meandering Brisbane River!Day KayakingJu spills or chills there’s no better way to discover Brisbane’s river city.While you are out on the water have some fun in or out of your kayak. Try paddling while standing (gondola style) rafting in a line and walking on the kayak backs. pairing up and swapping kayaks kayak soccer surfing and basketball! Just ask your friendly instructors! Night KayakingDiscover Brisbane by night aboard an illuminated kayak. Embark on a unique journey with your friends past the dazzling South Bank promenade or marvel at the Story Bridge
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"Brisbane Bike
"Brisbane Bike Rollerblade or Scooter Rental""CycleNew to town or just want to take an easy ride through Brisbane’s inner city hot spots? Ride for fun or fitness and explore over 20 km of Brisbane’s inner city bikeway! Take a ride along the river past the Kangaroo Point Cliffs to South Bank over the Goodwill Bridge and then onto off-path cycling through the Botanic Gardens and down to New Farm Park before returning back to Kangaroo Point. Whether it’s for a couple of hours or a full day hire a mountain bikes and explore Brisbane at your own pace.RollerbladeGet around town with wheels on your feet and explore Brisbane in the ultimate express lane! Skate along the river
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VISIT THE GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS

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.

See my GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS pages for more details.

GETTING HERE...........
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.

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balhannah
Apr 17, 2010

Driving to Glass House Mountains

"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

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elmasri
Apr 12, 2009

Two hour trip #2 Glasshouse Mtns and Beyond

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.

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tiabunna
Jan 22, 2007

Glass House Mountains

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.

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Aug 03, 2003
 
 
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