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.
The peaks are also culturally significant to the traditional owners, the Gubbi Gubbi people. In Aboriginal legend the mountains are members of a family with the father being Mount Tibrogargan and the mother Mount Beerwah. All of the other mountains are sons and daughters with the eldest being Mount Coonowrin. The highest mountain is Mount Beerwah. The Glass House Mountains area was a special meeting place where many Aboriginal people gathered for ceremonies and trading. Many ceremonial sites are still present today.
The Glasshouse Mountains have been used for bushwalking and climbing for more than a century. Tibrogargan and Ngungun are the only mountains open to the public for bushwalking and climbing. Walking tracks, ranging from easy to very challenging, lead through open forests to lookouts offering panoramic views.
The easy Glass House Mountains Lookout Track offers sweeping views to Caloundra, Maroochydore, Brisbane and Moreton Island. The mountains offer perfect conditions for rock climbing and abseiling. You can also go horse-riding on a dedicated network of trails.
Open eucalypt woodland and heath vegetation, which once covered the coastal plains, provide a home for a variety of native animals and plants. There are also additional short walks with spectacular views over the Glass House Mountains National Park in nearby in Beerburrum State Forest.
Make your first stop the Glass House Mountains Interpretive Centre where you can learn about the local history and attractions.
Located in nearby Beerwah is the world famous Australia Zoo where you can meet Australian native wildlife. Once you're done visiting the sights you may enjoy a visit to the historic towns and charming villages of the area such as such as Mapleton, Montville and Maleny, which offer rainforest walks, fresh local produce and fine arts and crafts. The Blackall Range drive is one of the most scenic in Australia, and provides views over the Glasshouse Mountains to the coast.
The Glass House Mountains National Park is approximately 43 miles (70 kilometres) or a one hour drive north of Brisbane. The Glasshouse Mountains also offer easy access to many of the Sunshine Coast's major attractions such as World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, Caloundra, Noosa and Hervey Bay.