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just north of brisbane

this is the closest thing i could find to the glasshouse mountains...
i used to take people on tours up here to a small place called mary cairncross park
while up there you get a great view of the glasshouse mountains.... i would tell the passengers the old aborigonal story of the mountains which goes like this ...

the Legend of the Glasshouse Mountains

It seems that Tibrogargan, the father, and Beerwah, the mother, had many children - Coonowrin (the eldest), Beerburrum, the Tunbubudla twins, Coochin, Ngungun, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai and Elimbah. There were also Round who was fat and small and Wild Horse who was always straying away to paddle in the sea.

One day, Tibrogargan was gazing out to sea when he noticed a great rising of the waters. Hurrying off to gather his younger children in order to flee to the safety of the mountains which lay to the west, he called out to Coonoowrin to help his mother, who was again with child. Looking back to see how Coonoowrin was assisting Beerwah, Tibrogargan was greatly angered to see him running off alone. He pursued Coonoowrin and, raising his club, struck the latter such a mighty blow that it dislocated Coonoowrin's neck and he never been able to straighten it since.

When the floods subsided and the family returned to the plains, the other children teased Coonoowrin about his crooked neck. Feeling ashamed, Coonoowrin went to Tibrogargan and asked for forgiveness, but filled with shame at his son's cowardice, Tibrogargan could do nothing but weep copious tears, which, trickling along the ground, formed a stream which flowed into the sea. Then Coonoowrin went to his brothers and sisters, but they also wept at the shame of their brother's cowardice.

The lamentations of Coonoowrin's parents and his brothers and sisters at his disgrace explain the presence, to this day, of the numerous small streams of the area. Tibrogargan then called Coonoowrin, asking him why he had deserted Beerwah; at which Coonoowrin replied that as Beerwah was the biggest of them all she should be able to take care of herself. He did not know that Beerwah was again pregnant, which was the reason for her great size. Then Tibrogargan turned his back on Coonoowrn and vowed that he would never look at him again.

Even today, Tibrogargan gazes far out to sea and never looks around at Coonoowrin, who hangs his head and cries, his tears running off to the sea. His mother Beerwah is still heavy with child - it takes a long, long time to give birth to a mountain.

  • Last visit to Beerwah: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Nice tip, and lovely intro page!

  • Amelei's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2005 at 7:51 PM

    Go the nimbin thang haha. I used to live on the out skirts! Nice page. ~Amelei~

  • Feb 7, 2004 at 11:01 PM

    Interesting legend in your intro! Looks like a really beautiful place! Hope all is well with you :-)


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