If you enjoy breathtaking maintain scenery, clean air and hiking in unspoilt wilderness, your next trip to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland would not be complete without a visit to the Glass House Mountains.
The Glass House Mountains is a group of eleven hills that rise majestically from the coastal plain on the Sunshine Coast.
The highest mountain is Mount Beerwah which is 556 meters above sea level but the most notable peak is Mount Tibrogargan which faces in an easterly direction looking out to sea.
Located about 70km north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway, take the Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive exit and follow the signs to the Glass House Mountains.
The area was named by Captain James Cook in 1770 whilst sailing north up Australia’s east coast and it’s believed that Cook gave the area the name of Glass House, because the mountains reminded him of glass-making furnaces in England.
The Glass House Mountains area was a special meeting place where local Aboriginal people gathered for ceremonies and trading.
This place is considered spiritually significant with many ceremonial sites still present and protected today.
The area around the mountains produces many tropical fruits such as avocados, pineapples and papaws as well as strawberries, vegetables and nuts but eco tourism is the area’s largest industry.