The Glass House Mountains are a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs which dominate the landscape of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
On May 17, 1770 Captain James Cook (a rather perceptive fellow) wrote the following in his journal: “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.”
The Glass House Mountains are a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs which dominate the landscape of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. According to the geosciences, they were formed of rhylite and trachtyte, lavas which hardened inside the vents of tertiary volcanoes that have been greatly reduced by about 25 million years of erosion. The real locals have a different story to tell as the area was a popular Aboriginal tribal lands complete with their own legends.
Anytime of the year is a great time to bush walk or picnic in the beautiful Glass House Mountains National Park. The mountains are located 31 kilometres from Brisbane and are approximately a 30 minute drive north.These mountains guard the southern approach to the Sunshine Coast. There are five in total, with four offering public access for bushwalking and rock climbing, catering for all levels of fitness and experience. Koalas, goannas, echidnas, eastern grey kangaroos, kookaburras, cockatoos and lorikeets and pale headed rosella sightings are a common occurrence within the park.
Car hire can be organised at reception if you would like us to arrange this transport for your day in the mountains.