The Glass House Mountains township is a regional town named after the famous Glass House Mountains which tower above it.
The township is located approximately 30 minutes south west of Caloundra along Steve Irwin Way (Highway) and with its verdant rainforests, adjacent coastline and many adventurous activity options, the Glass House Mountains township is a one-of-a-kind destination in Australia.
Glass House Mountains Town – National Park, Qld Australia
Travellers coming to the Glass House Mountains township often stay to be at the doorstep of the Glass House Mountains National Park. 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.
Travellers looking for some of the history of this town should visit the Australian Teamsters Hall of Fame and Spirit of Cobb and Co., a complex built near Old Gympie Road in honour of the people and traditions associated with horse-drawn transportation during the 19th century. Another structure of historical significance is the Bank Foot house, which is the oldest building in the area. Since its establishment in 1868, Bank Foot has been used as a roadside accommodation, post office and trading and changing station.
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