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Glass House Mountains National Park
Travel Guide – Queensland

Glass House Mountains National Park Weekend Getaway

Located in the state of Queensland, Glass House Mountains National Park is one of the most popular nature reserves in Australia. When you arrive in this stellar location, you will be immediately awed by impressive views of lush green plains, moss-covered cliffs, and mountains of volcanic rock.

While most mountains in the world slope to the heavens from rolling hills, the Glass House Mountains jut out of a flat plain. This dramatic contrast of steep volcanic columns and lacklustre terrain regularly amazes visitors.

History

In addition to amazing natural views, the Glass House Mountains and the surrounding areas have an incredible history. The area has been occupied by Aboriginal people for thousands of years, so you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the culture and heritage of Australia’s first inhabitants. The Gubbi Gubbi people are recognised as the traditional landowners of the Glass House Mountains. Learn about their legends and stories before you visit some of the well-preserved ceremonial locations in the park.

The Glass House Mountains were first encountered by Europeans when James Cook sailed along the coast of Queensland in 1770. The mountains received their current name because Cook believed that they resembled the glass furnaces in his hometown of Yorkshire.

Things to see and do in the Glass House Mountains

Glass House Mountains National Park has lovely natural attractions that will inspire you to explore all of Australia’s great wilderness areas. If you appreciate the diversity of nature, you will be impressed by the untouched shrub-lands and open forests of the park. Glass House Mountains National Park has several species of plants that are endemic. You will encounter the Glass House Tea Tree and Mallee Red Gum in only a few other locations. Keep an eye out for interesting creatures; the Glass House Mountains provide refuge to various birds and mammals.

Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland

Looking back towards the Glasshouse Mountains as the sun sets on the Pumicestone Passage.

After you have absorbed the initial views of the Glass House Mountains, climb some of the area’s greatest mountains. Mount Beerwah has the highest peak in the park. With an elevation of 556 metres, the peak of Mount Beerwah is visible from most clearings near the Glass House Mountains.

If you are in search of a challenge, climb to the summit of Mount Tibrogargan. Mount Tibrogargan is the third tallest mountain in the park, but it has very difficult trails. Follow the Trachyte Circuit to enjoy a stunning overlook of the plains and forests in Glass House Mountains National Park. This 3.2-kilometre trek will challenge your physical strength and mental fortitude. Your muscles will be burning before you reach the summit, but you will be rewarded with unforgettable views.

For an easier experience in the wilderness, follow the Glass House Mountains Lookout track. This trail offers smooth terrain that gradually slopes up to a beautiful overlook. You will be amazed by views of the Glass House Mountains and nearby towns.

Climate conditions

Glass House Mountains National Park and the areas around it have a temperate climate. During the winter months, you may experience maximum daily temperatures between 19 and 22 degrees. You can expect daily maximum temperatures between 27 and 30 degrees during the summer months. With approximately 1,850 millimetres of annual rainfall, Glass House Mountains National Park receives significantly more precipitation than other areas of Australia.