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Australia - Queensland
GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS

 

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INTRODUCTION:

The first Europeans to sight the Glass House Mountains were Captain Cook and his crew on the Endeavour on the 17th May 1770. Cook named the mountains 'The Glass Houses' because they reminded him of the glass kilns used back in England. In 1799 Matthew Flinders climbed Mt. Beerburrum, camping in the vicinity of the area now known as 'Matthew Flinders Park.'

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LOCATION MAP:

The map below shows the Glass House Mountains region.


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ATTRACTIONS/WALKS:

There are a number of bushwalks in the Glass House Mountains region and good information on the walks can be found on the back of the 'Glass House Country' map available at local Visitor Information Centres within the Glass House Mountains region. The Glass House Mountains Info Centre in the town of Glass House Mountains is an excellent first port of call in any visit to the area.

 

Glass House Mountains Lookout

The Glass House Mountains Lookout is easily reached by car. There are picnic and BBQ facilities at the lookout. There is also a short (800m circuit - Easy to Moderate) walk at the lookout, descending into the forest below the lookout before returning to the lookout. It is steep in sections, but relatively easy.

 

Mount Beerburrum Track - 1.4km Return

The Mount Beerburrum (280m high) Track is of moderate difficulty (steep sections). The paved track leads to a fire tower with views over the surrounding area.

 

Wild Horse Mountain Lookout Track - 1.4km Return

The Wild Horse Mountain (123m high) Lookout Track (Easy to Moderate) leads to the top and a fire tower with views over the surrounding area. This walk is reached via Bowen Road (Moffats - off Steve Irwin Way).

 

Mount Ngungun Summit Track - 2.4km Return

Mount Ngungun is 253m high. There is a 2.4km (about 2 hours) return walk of moderate difficulty, with steep and unstable sections, which can become slippery when wet. The walk is reached via Fullertons Road and is within Glass House Mountains National Park. From the town of Glass House Mountians, turn left on Reed Street, left onto Burgess Street, left onto Coonowrin Road and then right onto Fullertons Road. Great views of the various mountain peaks can be had from the top.

 

Mount Tibrogargan

There are a number of attractions and walks at Mount Tibrogargan (364m high). These include the following:

  • Mountain View Lookout - 800m Return
    The Mountain View Lookout walk is a 800m return walk of moderate difficulty from the carpark.
  • Tibrogargan Circuit - 3.3km Circuit
    The Tibrogargan Circuit is a 3.3km track of moderate difficulty around the base of Mount Tibrogargan.
  • Trachyte Circuit - 5.6km Return
    The Trachyte Circuit is a 5.6km return walk of moderate difficulty from the carpark. The walk includes Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Tibberoowuccum, the Trachyte Range and the Jack Ferris Lookout.
  • Mount Tibrogargan Summit - 3km Return
    The Mount Tibrogargan Summit walk is a 3km walk of great difficulty, including seections of rock climbing and areas that are very slippery when wet.

 

Mount Beerwah

There are two walks at Mount Beerwah:

  • Mount Beerwah Summit Trail
    The summit trail is closed until further notice due to a major rockfall.
  • Western Boundary Walk - 1.4km Return
    The Western Boundary Walk is an easy 1.4km return walk from the picnic area to the western park boundary gate.

 

Dularcha National Park

Dularcha National Park will have its own web page when time permits.

The Tunnel Track (6km Return - Relatively Easy)  in Dularcha National Park includes the heritage listed railway tunnel that is home to many bats. The idea with this walk is to park at the Landsborough Railway Station and catch a train to Mooloolah, before walking back to your car via the Tunnel Track.

 

Mooloolah River National Park - Jowarra Section

Mooloolah River National Park will have its own web page when time permits.

This section of the national park contains important rainforest which is home to a number threatened species. There are two walks in this section of the park:

  • Mooloolah River Circuit - 500m Circuit
    The Mooloolah River Circuit is an easy walk along a creek through the rainforest.
  • Melaleuca Walk - 1.3km Return
    The Melaleuca Walk is an easy walk through the rainforest and the Platypus may be seen in the Mooloolah River, especially at dawn and dusk.

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CAMPING FACILITIES:

 

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PHOTOS:

The slideshow below is of photos taken in the Glass House Mountains region during September 2006.

 

View the album at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmatthews/sets/72157635210516374/

 

The slideshow below is of photos taken at the Glass House Mountains Lookout on the 12th August 2013.

 

View the album at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmatthews/sets/72157635048157375/

 

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MY VISITS:

I have visited the Glass House Mountains twice. My first visit was in September 2006. My second visit was on the 12th August 2013. Whenever I am in the area I am quite likely to visit again.

 

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ACCOMMODATION:

There are a range of accommodation options available in the surrounding area.

Accommodation options include:

 

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MAPS:

For a helpful map of the local area visit the local visitor information centres where the 'Glass House Country' map can be obtained.

There is a good collection of local maps that can be downloaded from the 'Hinterland Tourism' website.

 

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UPDATED: 10 May 2014

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