As one of the most spectacular scenic points on the Sunshine Coast, the Glass House Mountains and its national park are a popular tourist destination in Queensland.
With the verdant rainforests, adjacent coastline and many adventurous activity options, the Glass House Mountains National Park is a one-of-a-kind destination in Australia.
Glasshouse Mountains National Park – Walks & Lookout, Qld
Nestled on a breathtaking landscape just 70 km north of Brisbane, this national park is a gorgeous site in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The mountain ranges were named by Captain Cook in 1770, who thought these fascinating ranges resembled the glasshouses or glass furnaces back in his native town of Yorkshire.
The national park boasts many extinct volcanoes, with these formations said to be about 25 to 27 million years old. The highest peak of the ranges is Mount Beerwah, which sits at 555m (1,821ft) above sea level. The second highest peak is Mount Coonowrin, followed by Mount Tibrogargan. With such peaks, the Glasshouse Mountains National Park offers a number of breathtaking lookouts and walking trails.
For those wanting to take a walk through the national park, there are a number of well formed, graded tracks available. But visitors should check to make sure the walk suits there fitness level, as there are many easy walks, but also a number of difficult and extreme hikes. Please note that horses and mountain bikes are not permitted on walking tracks in Glass House Mountains National Park.
Easy walks include: Mount Beerwah which is a short 200m return walk through a eucalypt forest. Another is Mount Ngungun summit walking track with a distance of 2.8kms return. This walk will take approximately 2 hours to complete and you will see an open forest and 360 degree views from the topy of Mt Ngungun.
Other more difficult summit climb include: Mount Beerwah summit route (2.6kms) and Mount Tibrogargan summit route (equivalent to 50 storeys high). These routes are suitable for people with a high level of fitness, experience and skills in rock climbing. They have steep rocky sections and irregular surfaces with loose stones that require rock scrambling skills.
There are no camping areas within Glass House Mountains National Park, however there is camping at the nearby Beerburrum State Forest at Coochin Creek as well as a number of private camping areas along the Glass House Mountains Road. There are picnic tables and toilets at Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Beerwah (a short 100m walk from the car park). Please note that dogs are not permitted within the national park.