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Glasshouse Mountains National Park

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Glasshouse Mountains National Park

Walk the bushland trails, and see the rugged volcanic landscape come to life in this breathtakingly beautiful nature reserve on the Australian Sunshine Coast.

For most people of the time, the glass furnace chimneys of 18th-century Yorkshire might have seemed a world away from the rock formations of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. However, they were similar enough in the eyes of Captain James Cook for him to bestow the name Glasshouse Mountains on the volcanic peaks at the centre of this wonderful national park. Formed from the interiors of 26-million-year-old volcanoes, these unique formations have long been a sacred place for the native Aboriginal people in the region. In fact, there are protected sites to this day where spiritual ceremonies still take place.

The park takes in the twelve jagged mountains as well as the flat surrounding plains that include forested foothill reserves, small village roads and over 170 species of birds. It is a major tourist attraction and people come not only to tramp the many trails but also to take horse-back tours, avail of the wonderful rock climbing and abseiling opportunities, or simply to enjoy a picnic with a special view.

The lookout in the Beerburrum State Forest is a popular place to start a tour of the park with great views of the landscape, and many people follow this up with a picnic at Coochin Creek just down the road. The visitor and interpretive centre in the Glasshouse Mountains Township is the best place to go for information on the many trails and activities available. If you’re looking for an easy afternoon stroll, the 1.4-kilometre Western Boundary Walk on Mount Beerwah – the highest of the peaks at 555 metres – is a great choice.

Mount Tibrogargan offers a wider variety of trails including an ascent of the 364-metre summit. The reward for this climb is stunning views of the Sunshine Coast. The peak also provides steeper challenges for more experienced climbers with the requisite gear, while the Mountain View platform offers great views without the hard work. Another popular trail is the three-hour round trip across to Mount Tibberoowucum known as the Trachyte circuit.

These unique mountains and park are 70 kilometres north of Brisbane by car, but be aware that not all the roads on the way are properly surfaced. There are basic barbecue and bush toilet facilities available but no bins so be sure to take all your rubbish home to avoid a hefty fine. Essentials for any tramping trip include water, sun protection, an emergency mobile phone and appropriate footwear. Also, make sure you stick to the marked paths and never climb when it’s wet. Check the Queensland National Parks website before you go as trails are sometimes closed due to rockfalls.

1245 Cheap Hotels Near Glasshouse Mountains National Park

Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
3.5 out of 5
198 Barrs Road, Glass House Mountains, QLD
The price is NZ$133 per night from 19 Aug. to 19 Aug.
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! (288 reviews)
"This is an unique and well maintained property in the midst of nature. Families will love the train carriages converted communal kitchen and library. It is very close to walking tracks and nearby towns. Love to come back again!"

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2021

Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
Glass On Glasshouse
Glass On Glasshouse
4.5 out of 5
182 Glass House-Woodford Road, Glass House Mountains, QLD
The price is NZ$456 per night from 17 Aug. to 17 Aug.
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! (78 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 5 Mar. 2020

Glass On Glasshouse
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 mile (2 km) of Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Mount Ngungun Summit Trailhead. Glasshouse Mountains ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (41 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 26 Jun. 2017

Crookneck Retreat
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Beerwah Glasshouse Mountains Motel
Beerwah Glasshouse Mountains Motel
3.5 out of 5
1116 Steve Irwin Way, Glass House Mountains, QLD
The price is NZ$120 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
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 NZ$133 per night from 19 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
Glass On Glasshouse
Glass On Glasshouse
4.5 out of 5
182 Glass House-Woodford Road, Glass House Mountains, QLD
The price is NZ$456 per night from 17 Aug. to 17 Aug.
Glass On Glasshouse
Crookneck Retreat
Crookneck Retreat
4 out of 5
2194 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains, QLD
Crookneck Retreat
Sunshine Coast Farm Stay
Sunshine Coast Farm Stay
112 Judds Rd, Glasshouse Mountains, Glass House Mountains, QLD
Sunshine Coast Farm Stay
Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds!
Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds!
5 Bloomfield Pl, Beerwah, QLD
The price is NZ$219 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Australia Zoo, Glass House Mountains and Surrounds!
Beerwah Ideal 1 Bed Apartment, Pet Friendly and Only 5 Minutes to Australia Zoo
Beerwah Ideal 1 Bed Apartment, Pet Friendly and Only 5 Minutes to Australia Zoo
Beerwah, QLD
The price is NZ$125 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Beerwah Ideal 1 Bed Apartment, Pet Friendly and Only 5 Minutes to Australia Zoo
Beerwah Ideal 2 Bed Apartment - Pet Friendly and 5 Minutes to Australia Zoo
Beerwah Ideal 2 Bed Apartment - Pet Friendly and 5 Minutes to Australia Zoo
Beerwah, QLD
The price is NZ$140 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Beerwah Ideal 2 Bed Apartment - Pet Friendly and 5 Minutes to Australia Zoo
Uluramaya Retreat Cabins
Uluramaya Retreat Cabins
4 out of 5
228 McConnell Road, Wamuran, QLD
Uluramaya Retreat Cabins
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