The Glass House Mountains are a unique set of 11 mountains and hills in Queensland. They were formed from molten lava rock somewhere around 26 or 27 million years ago. The highest point is Mount Beerwah at 555 metres high. All 11 peaks and the surrounds are part of the Glass House Mountains National Park. They were discovered by Captain James Cook in May of 1770; however the original land owners, the Gubbi Gubbi people. The mountains have great significance to the aboriginal cultures and have always been an important meeting place. 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.
View of the Glass House Mountains from Wild Horse Mountain lookout in Beerburrum Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Glass House Mountains viewed from Mary Cairncross Reserve Photo Credit: Wikipedia
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Glass House Mountains Map photo credit: Google Maps
Hiring a Car for a Trip to the Glass House Mountains
Glass House Mountains Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au
The Glass House Mountains are about an hour drive north of Brisbane in between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. There are many convenient car hire locations in both Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. If you are driving up from the Brisbane in the south, you can hire a car at the Sunshine Coast Airport and Maroochydore City location. If you are coming from the north, you can hire a car at the Sunshine Coast airport location. When hiring a car, be sure to let your car rental agent know your itinerary so that they can provide you with driving tips and maps to get you safely to your destination and back. They can also alert you to any driving restrictions that car rental agencies might have.
Things to do in the Glass House Mountains and Surrounds
There is much to do while on holiday in the Glass House Mountains. Camping, hiking, biking, are among the top activities to do while in the area. Captain Cook named the mountains because he thought that they reminded him of his glass furnaces at home back in England. When you arrive for a holiday, you can stop at the Glass House Mountains Interpretive Centre to learn about the attractions, events, and see what’s on.
Camping in the Glass House Mountains
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Coochin Creek Camp Ground Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Landsborough Pines Caravan Park Camping Photo Credit: landsboroughpines.com.au
There are 4 different camp grounds in the Glass House Mountains recommended by Glasshouse-Mountains.com.
- Rocky Creek Camp Site is a Scout Camp but it is open to the public. The campsite is 120 acres of land, most of which is a natural bush and wildlife sanctuary. Many trees ad flora can be found in this area; the northern boundary is Rocky Creek, which is a “ribbon of rainforest”. Some campsites are more remote and some are in a semi-rural environment with only a 30 minute walk from shops and the rail. Water is available at all campsites and the campgrounds feature buildings with electricity, toilets, and showers.
- Coochin Creek Camp Grounds are located in Beerwah State Forest. Fishing and boating in the creek are popular here. You can camp in tents, camper trailers, campervans, or caravans.
- Landsborough Pines Caravan Park Camp Grounds features plenty of wildlife and shady areas. They have a BBQ area and a camp kitchen. If you are not into camping, cabins are available for hire here. This is the closest caravan park to the Australia Zoo.
- Ocean View Tourist Park is close to Landsborough. They also have cabins available; they are self-contained with ensuites. Their facilities also include a camp kitchen with a BBQ.
Hiking and Bush Walking
Mt. Tibrogargan Walks photo credit: glasshouse-mountains.com
View from the Glass House Mountains Lookout Circuit Photo Credit: glasshouse-mountains.com
There are many different walks throughout the Glass House Mountains; most of which are accessible by car. It is one of the main activities in the area and there are trails available for all different fitness levels. The walks and circuits are all rated by class 2 through 5, with 2 being easy for all fitness levels and 5 which is the most difficult tracks for experienced hikers used to dealing with steep inclines, irregular surfaces, and loose stones. Some of the walks to check out include Glass House Mountains Lookout Circuit, Trachyte Circuit. Wild Horse Mountains Track, Mount Beerburrum Track, Mount Ngungun Track. Mount Tibrogargan Circuit, Mount Tibrogargan Summit (only in daylight hours), and Mount Beerwah Western Boundary Walk. If you are planning to do some mountain climbing while exploring the region, be sure to do your research about the different mountains and hills. Some have been closed and each one has a different style.
Biking Trails and Rides in the Glass House Mountains
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If biking is your thing, there are several trails and rides that are reserved for bikers only. They even have road signs posted to remind drivers to beware of bikers. Mountain biking is popular here because of the different terrains that are available that can provide a challenge. Riding is especially good in Dularcha National Park and on the Ewen Maddock Dam Track.
Visit the Rainforest at Mary Cairncross Reserve
Glass House Mountains viewed from Mary Cairncross Reserve Photo Credit mary-cairncross.com.au
Mary Cairncross Reserve Photo Credit:mary-cairncross.com.au
Mary Cairncross Reserve Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a 55 hectare remnant of what was once a much larger subtropical rainforest. It is very important to preserve what is left of this rainforest and the wildlife that live within it. Spending a day in the reserve can be both fun and educational, with the addition of amazing views of the gorgeous Glass House Mountains landscape. There is a café where you can grab breakfast or lunch or you can BBQ yourself and eat at the picnic tables provided. There is a playground for children and open recreation space to play games.
Nearby Places to See and Things to Do
Glass House Mountainsphoto credit: glasshouse-mountains.com
While in the area, there are other things you can see and do that we have previously written about. Read up on visiting the Australia Zoo, explore the Sunshine Coast, relax on Fraser Island, or take some day trips from Brisbane to nearby destinations.
Visiting the Australia Zoo
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and Family at the Australia Zoo Photo Credit: australiazoo.com.au
It is worth mentioning and highlighting that a visit to the Australia Zoo when in the area is really a must. This is home to the late, great Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin and his family and legacy. Visiting the Zoo is entertaining and educational, as it emphasizes Steve’s message of conservation and preservation. There is always something fun going on and it is a jewel of the Beerwah community. If you are planning a trip to the Australia Zoo, be sure to check out our blog ahead of time to find out 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could do at the Australia Zoo.