Glass House Mountains
Glass House Mountains is a hinterland town of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Glass House Mountains were named by Captain Cook and are fantastic volcanic crags, just 20 kilometres north of Caboolture and approximately 64 kilometres north of Brisbane.
Captain James Cook was the first European to view the mountains. Matthew Flinders was the next European to visit the area in 1799.
The residents and visitors can enjoy year round warm balmy temperatures. During summer temperatures range from 16°C to 34°C and winter temperatures range from between 10°C and 28°C.
The Glass House Mountains is renowned for its natural beauty, the vitality of its farming industry and its numerous tourist attractions.
There are some fabulous scenic drives through the Glass House Mountains, which are also popular amongst walkers and climbers due to is fabulous bushwalking trails, and rock climbing. The Glass House Mountains also hold a rich Aboriginal history. Visitors should be well prepared with water, suitable clothing and footwear.
Within the Glass House Mountains you will come across the small Glass House Mountains township. You can also visit the four smaller national parks set within the Glass House Mountains National Park, all offering more walking trails and rock climbing.
The national parks include Mt Beerwah which is an intermediate climb (note in 2011 the Mount Beerwah summit climb was closed with plans to possibly re-open when considered safe), Mt Coonowrin (currently closed) which is an advanced climb, Mt Ngungun which is a fairly easy walk, and Mt Tibrogargan which is also an intermediate climb.
Further walking trails can be found around Mt Tibrogargan, which is set within the Mt Tibrogargan Relaxapark. You will also find accommodation at Mt Tibrogargan. For fabulous views head to the lookouts at Beerburrum and Mary Cairncross, and don't forget your camera.
Surrounding the Glass House Maintains are the Beerburrum State Forests, which offer a number of different lookouts across the Glass House Mountains. You will also find several picnic areas, as well as some wonderful walking trails.
Beerburrum Mountain Lookout: Lookout, picnic area & walking trail (allows dogs on leads in parts but not within National Park)
Coochin Creek Forest Recreation Area: Camping and picnic area.
Glass House Mountains Lookout: Lookout & picnic area (allows dogs on leads)
Stony Creek Day Recreation Area: Lookout, picnic area, swimming & walking trail. Part of Bellthorpe National Park (no dogs).
Wildhorse Mountain Lookout: Lookout & walking trail (allows dogs on leads)
Another place of interest is the Australia Zoo, which is popular for its crocodile feeding, as well as featuring a wide variety of different animals. Established by the late Steve Irwin and his wife Terri Irwin, Australia Zoo is popular amongst tourists of all ages.
There are over a dozen shows to be enjoyed throughout the day at Australia Zoo, these feature an array of wildlife including otters, koalas, elephants and even camels! Or you can stroll around the park at your own pace checking out the native parrots, storks, cassowaries, lizards, tortoises, pythons, crocodiles, elephants, echidnas, cheetahs, wombats and more!