Glass House Mountains,
Sunshine Coast, QLD
The Glass House Mountains are a group of eleven hills that rise abruptly from the coastal plain in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland.
The mountains were named by Captain James Cook in 1770 as the peaks reminded him of the glass furnaces in his home county of Yorkshire. The range was originally formed as molten lava cooled in the cores of volcanoes around 26 million years ago.
Each of the peaks is protected within the Glass House Mountains National Park. The names of the mountains in the range are 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.
These rugged volcanic peaks that tower above the surrounding landscape are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Register as a landscape of national significance.