Sweeping views, scenic walking trails and stunning natural beauty make these ancient volcanic peaks one of the Sunshine Coast’s most fascinating spectacles.
The Glass House Mountains are a collection of 12 volcanic crags that rise up dramatically from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Surrounded by pineapple plantations, pine forests and gum trees, the mountains have an aura of mystique that makes them one of Australia’s most intriguing landmarks. Hike through this stunning landscape, climb one of the peaks or enjoy a relaxing picnic in the national park.
These mountains were originally formed as molten lava cooled in the cores of volcanoes around 26 million years ago. Explore the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people, where the Glass House Mountains are located. Discover Aboriginal Dreaming legends that speak of the peaks as a family of mountain spirits. The “glasshouse” name of the mountains came from Captain James Cook who saw the majestic peaks as was sailing along the Queensland coast in 1770. The shape of the mountains reminded the explorer of the huge glass furnaces (glasshouses) back in his native Yorkshire.
Take a leisurely drive through the Glass House Mountains National Park and stop at one of the many picturesque lookouts along the way. If you are feeling energetic, explore the network of hiking trails or spend a few hours climbing the steep slope of Mount Tibrogargan. Experienced climbers should put aside a half day to tackle Mount Beerwah. You can also abseil down some of the cliffs.
Rent a bicycle and ride through Beerburrum State Forest or hike up Wild Horse Mountain to experience 360-degree views of the stunning Pumicestone Passage, the Glass House Mountains and the surrounding coastal plains. Visit the Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre to find all the information you will need for your adventure. The centre has four multimedia kiosks and interactive activities for children.
The Glass House Mountains are about a 1-hour drive north of Brisbane. Divert off the Bruce Highway onto Steve Irwin Way to wind through dense forests and see close-up views of the peaks. Despite being a short drive from Brisbane, the beautiful Glass House Mountains feel a world away from city life.