"Glasshouse Mountains National Park" Glass House Mountains National Park by stevemt

Glasshouse Mountains

The glass house mountains were named by Captain Cook during his voyage of discovery here. They reminded him of the glass furnaces in Yorkshire.

They are well worth a trip, and in fact can be included with a trip to Australia Zoo, Maleny, Montville, and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in general.

You will want your camera.

The Legend

There is a legend on the glasshouse mountains - it goes like this

In the Aboriginal legend the mountains are members of a family with the father being Mount Tibrogargan and the mother Mount Beerwah. All of the other mountains are sons and daughters with the eldest being Mount Coonowrin.

Tibrogargan, the father, observes that the sea is rising and asks that Conowrin the eldest son help their pregnant mother to safety. Terrified, Coonowrin instead flees. Infuriated by his sons cowardice Tibrogargan pursues him and strikes him so hard that he dislocates Coonowrin's neck.

Once the danger passes Coonowrin feels tremendous guilt for his actions and asks his father, brothers and sisters for forgiveness but all wept with shame. This is said to explain the many small streams that flow through the area. Tibrogargan turned his back on Coonowrin and gazes out to sea refusing to look at his son Coonowrin who continues to hang his head in shame and cry.

Beerwah is apparently still pregnant, as it takes time for a mountain to give birth.

  • Last visit to Glass House Mountains National Park: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated Jul 17, 2007
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