Glass House Mountains
ANOTHER AMAZING DAY TRIP & LESS THAN AN HOUR FROM NOOSA IS THE AMAZING GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS
Craggy peaks & spectacular volcanic silhouettes that tower above surrounding landscape are so significant, they are listed on the National Heritage Register as a landscape of national significance. Walking tracks lead through open forests to lookouts offering panoramic views. There are challenging summit routes and opportunities for abseiling and rock climbing.
It's easy to get to in less than an hour from Noosa and not far from the famous Australia Zoo
The Glass House Mountains National Park is a a great day tip and allows easy access to a heritage-listed national park . It's also known as the Beerburrum Forest Reserve. It's 87 km from Noosa and 70 km (43 mi) north of Brisbane and consists of a flat plain punctuated by rhyolite and trachyte volcanic plugs, the cores of extinct volcanoes that formed 27 million to 26 million years ago. The mountains would once have had pyroclastic exteriors, but these have eroded away.
The national park was established in 1994. On 23 June 2010 the Queensland Government announced the expansion of the park to include an additional 2,117 hectares. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 3 May 2007.
Camp grounds are available at Glass House Mountains township and Coochin Creek, west of Beerwah. Lookouts have been built at several of the summits. Walking tracks allow access to the summits of Mount Beerwah, Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Ngungun. Access is via the Steve Irwin Way exit from the Bruce Highway.
They have been exposed by wind and water erosion of the softer material of the cones and surrounding area and now rise dramatically from the flat coastal plains. The mountains are central to the creation myths of the region and their spiritual and social importance and links to Indigenous people continues to this day.
The first European description of the Glass House Mountains was by Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook, when he sailed north up the east coast of Australia on his voyage of discovery in the ship HM Bark Endeavour in 1770. The shape of the mountains reminded him of the huge glass furnaces (glasshouses) back in his native Yorkshire and he named them accordingly. In his log for 17 May 1770 he wrote:
"this place may always be found by three hills which lay to the northward of it in the latitude of 26 degrees 53 minutes south. These hills lay but a little way inland and not far from each other; they are very remarkable on account of their singular form of elevation which very much resembles glass houses which occasioned me giving them that name: the northern most of the three is the highest and largest. There are likewise several other peaked hills inland to the northward of these but they are not nearly so remarkable."
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