Glass House Mountains - Holiday Destination
On May 17, 1770 Captain James Cook (a rather perceptive fellow) wrote the following in his journal: "These hills lie but a little way inland, and not far from each other: they are remarkable for the singular form of their elevation, which very much resembles a glass house, and for this reason I called them Glass Houses."
The Glass House Mountains are a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs which dominate the landscape of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. According to the geosciences, they were formed of rhylite and trachtyte, lavas which hardened inside the vents of tertiary volcanoes that have been greatly reduced by about 25 million years of erosion. The real locals have a different story to tell as the area was a popular Aboriginal tribal lands complete with their own legends.
Anytime of the year is a great time to bushwalk or picnic in the beautiful Glass House Mountains National Park. The mountains are located 31 kilometres from Brisbane and are approximately a 30 minute drive north.
Glass House Mountains Accommodation
For more information about accommodation in the Glass House Mountains and to book your accommodation online, check out the Sunshine Coast Hinterland accommodation page. You can view and book some Glass House Mountains accommodation options below:
Things to Do in the Glass House Mountains
Your first stop when visiting The Glass House Mountains region is stop into the Glass House Mountains Township which is home to the Glass House Mountains Interpretive Centre at the Visitor Information Centre. At the centre you can discover the local history and attractions and plan your holiday itinerary. The staff here are friendly and will help you with further information and booking accommodation, tours and activities.
One activity that is a favourite with visitors is visiting the Glass House Mountains National Park which is full of craggy volcanic peaks that tower over the surrounding landscape.
There are walking tracks for hikers of varying levels of fitness. The tracks also range in length from 800 metres which takes about 45 minutes and the longest track is 6km which will take around 3 hours. Along the tracks are picnic tables and toilets and at the Glass House Mountains lookout there are barbeque set ups. Rockclimbers and Abseilers can also enjoy the rocky outcrops.
Located in nearby Beerwah is the world famous Australia Zoo, the home of the crocodile hunter. There's wildlife galore here with Australian native wildlife, Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers, Crocodiles and so many more creatures to meet. You can even help feed the Kangaroos, cuddle a koala and meet the babies at the Kids' Zoo. Australia Zoo is not only a bundle of fun for everyone it is also educational as it teaches us about conservation. Once you're done visiting the sights you may enjoy a visit to the historic towns and villages of the area like Maleny and Montville. These are charming towns that are rich in history, full of artists and all sorts of businesses proud of their local area.
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Glass House Mountains Abseiling Experience
Overlooking the spectacular Sunshine Coast Hinterland, this is a perfect introduction to abseiling....
ump from Australia's highest altitude - 15,000 feet - with a day time Sunshine Coast skydiving experience above...
Glass House Mountains Restaurants
Many places in The Glass House Mountains region offer guests the ability to cook at home and with such wonderful produce in the area it can be quite an amazing experience. However, there are also other options if you feel like living it up a little!
7 Secrets Pizzeria is your own slice of Italy located in the Glasshouse Mountains township. Like all classic pizzeria's this one is run as a family business with the number 7 representing the number of people in the family. Here you will find all your favourite pasta and pizza dishes with a number of gluten free pizza and pasta options too! Visit at night or in the day for a slice of pizza, panini and a coffee!
The Beerwah Hotel is a family owned establishment that has recently undergone a renovation. Meals are served inside or outside in the beer garden. It's a great place for lunch, dinner or to have a few beers in the evening. You'll find mouth watering steaks here, fresh seafood all at reasonable prices. If your lucky enough to be here on the second Saturday of the month you can dance up a storm to a Country band.
The Lookout Cafe serves wonderful treats like toasted sandwiches, home-baked cakes and flans and is a great place for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. The cafe is part of the award winning Glass on Glasshouse cottage accommodation. There's wonderful views of Mount Coonowrin and if you're lucky some of the local kangaroos might join you!
Weather & Climate
Residents and visitors can enjoy a sub-tropical climate tempered by the ocean - therefore, it is never blazingly hot and rarely freezingly cold. Tropical lightning storms are common in the summer months.
The temperature ranges from 21°C to 28°C in the height of summer and 10°C to 20°C in winter. Visit the Weather page for more information about the Sunshine Coast climate and current weather conditions.
The Glass House Mountains are 1 hour's drive from Brisbane, or around 70 kilometres. The Bruce Highway can be taken most of the way before branching left onto Steve Irwin Way (Glass House Mountains Road) before Beerburrum. Visit our Getting to the Sunshine Coast and Getting Around the Sunshine Coast pages for transport options.
Glass House Mountains Location Map
More Glass House Mountains Information
- Glass House Mountains Chamber of Commerce
- Glass House Mountains crop circles
- Glass House Mountains rock climbing guide
- Glass House Mountains - some more history
- Our Glass House Mountains history page