The Glass House Mountains are located just an hour north of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Plenty to see and do
There’s plenty to see and do in the Glass House Mountains from the perfect rock faces to do rock climbing and abseiling, through to fantastic bushwalking, bike riding and horse riding opportunities which take you to stunning lookouts.
Walking tracks graded from easy to challenging criss cross the mountains and lead through open forests, delivering fantastic photo opportunities at the end.
There’s also camping opportunities, caravan parks and some great adventure and play parks for families.
Take the back roads and go exploring, you are guaranteed to find some spectacular photo opportunities of the mountains from different angles. The Blackall Range drive is rated as one of the most scenic drives in Australia and provides views over the mountains out to the ocean.
While exploring be sure to keep an eye out for little stalls by the side of the road, farmers selling fresh produce. Grab a punnet of fresh strawberries for a picnic! Or go and pick your own, fresh from the earth.
Bursting with history and culture
Named by the famous Captain James Cook in 1770, the mountains are said to have reminded him of the glass furnaces near his home town of Yorkshire. Geologically, the mountains are Volcanic Plugs, hardened larva from the core of active volcanoes, over 25 million years ago.
The Glass House Mountains region is on the National Heritage List and is also of great cultural significance to the local indigenous population of the Gubbi Gubbi people. In Aboriginal legend the mountains are members of a family, with a father, mother, daughter and sons and a legend to accompany their positioning. There remains many ceremonial sites.
Visit the Glass House Mountains Interpretive Centre to learn about the local history and get the latest lowdown on events and attractions.
Close to the best attractions the Sunshine Coast has to offer
Just a hop skip and a jump away lies the famous Australia Zoo. In Mooloolaba there’s SEA LIFE, you may be lucky enough to check out the Eumundi Markets and of course you’re very close to the best Sunshine Coast beaches for all the other waterborne activities on offer.
It’s also close to the ultra-charming towns of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny with luscious green Australian hinterland, rainforest walks, friendly local cafes serving up fresh local produce, and fine arts and crafts.
The Glass House Mountains are also within striking distance of World Heritage listed Fraser Island, Caloundra, Noosa and Hervey Bay.