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Glass House Mountains
Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels in Glass House Mountains

Beerwah Glasshouse Mountains Motel
Beerwah Glasshouse Mountains Motel
3.5 out of 5
1116 Steve Irwin Way, Glass House Mountains, QLD
The price is ¥8,585 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated in Glass House Mountains, this golf motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Parrots in Paradise, Glasshouse Mountains Environmental Reserve, and Glasshouse Mountains ...

3.4/5Good! (154 reviews)

"Great place to stay with dogs. Spacious, quiet, nice pool"…"

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

Beerwah Glasshouse Mountains Motel
Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
3.5 out of 5
198 Barrs Road, Glass House Mountains, QLD
The price is ¥9,555 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Tibrogargan Circuit Trailhead. Parrots in Paradise ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (286 reviews)

"lovely place"…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
Glass On Glasshouse
Glass On Glasshouse
4.5 out of 5
182 Glass House-Woodford Road, Glass House Mountains, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥32,846 per night from Mar 31 to Apr 1

Situated in the mountains, this luxury aparthotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Glasshouse Mountains National Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount Ngungun and Australia ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)

"Modern apartment with great privacy and views. Breakfast supplies were excellent. Superbly comfortable and well equipped. Friendly owner and lots of thoughtful touches. Great wildlife around. Exceptional accommodation."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Glass On Glasshouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Glass House Mountains

Glass On Glasshouse
Glass On Glasshouse
4.5 out of 5
182 Glass House-Woodford Road, Glass House Mountains, QLD
The price is ¥32,846 per night from Mar 31 to Apr 1

Situated in the mountains, this luxury aparthotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Glasshouse Mountains National Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount Ngungun and Australia ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)

"Modern apartment with great privacy and views. Breakfast supplies were excellent. Superbly comfortable and well equipped. Friendly owner and lots of thoughtful touches. Great wildlife around. Exceptional accommodation."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Glass On Glasshouse
Sunshine Coast Unique Farm Stay
Sunshine Coast Unique Farm Stay
Glass House Mountains, QLD

Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Glasshouse Mountains National Park and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Marist Brothers Nature Refuge. ...

Sunshine Coast Unique Farm Stay
Crookneck Retreat
Crookneck Retreat
4 out of 5
2194 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains, QLD

Situated in Glass House Mountains, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Mount Ngungun Summit Trailhead. Glasshouse Mountains ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)
Total relaxation getaway

"Such a beautiful place just to get away from the city life we live. Highly recommend if you just want to get away and totally unwind and relax. Megan and Brett were lovely and very helpful with things to do and places to go around the glass house mountains and beyond. My partner and i also loved ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2017

Crookneck Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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