"AMAZING VOLCANIC PLUGS!" Glass House Mountains National Park by balhannah


There is quite an interesting story to these unusual looking Mountains that rise abruptly from the flat surrounding land.

The Mountains are.......
Tibrogargan 364metres
Beerwah 555m
Coonowrin 377m
Coochin 235m
Ngungun 253m
Tibberoowuccum 220m
Miketeebumulgrai 199m
Elimbah 129m
and what they call the "Twins"...Tunbubudla 293 & 312 metres high.

The Aboriginal legend has Mt. Tibrogargan as the father, Mt. Beerwah the mother and their children are the other mountains with Coonowrin the eldest child, and Tunbubudla were the twins.

The story is......

Tibrogargan [the father noticed that the sea was rising so he called to Coonowrin his eldest son to help his pregnant mother gather the young children together so that the family could escape from the rising sea.
Coonowrin was scared and ran away in fear!
Tibrogargan was not happy with his son, he thought he was a coward, so followed and hit him so hard with a club that his neck was dislocated.

When the seas returned to normal the family returned to the plains.

Poor Coonowrin was teased about his crooked neck and was so ashamed of his behaviour that he went to Tibrogargan and asked for forgiveness. All his Father and Brothers did was weep with shame, and that is why there are so many small streams in the area.

Tibrogargan then asked Coonowran why he didn't help Beerwah. His explanation was that he felt she was big enough to look after herself, though he did not know she was pregnant.

Tibrogargan then turned his back on his son and still gazes out to sea
today, refusing to look at his son who forever hangs his crooked neck and

Beerwah, the mother, is still pregnant as it takes time to give birth to a mountain!

The Glass House Mountains National Park was named by Captain Cook as he mapped the Queensland coast in 1770

Matthew Flinders was the next European to visit the area in 1799. He came ashore and climbed Mount Beerburrum from which he surveyed the whole of Moreton Bay.

The Glasshouse Mountains are approximately 30 km from Brisbane and
120 km from the Gold Coast,
travelling time is half an hour and 1.5 hours from the Gold Coast.

Just follow the Bruce Highway from Brisbane and follow the signs.

Drive to the Glass House Mountains lookout for a great view of the many

Within the park, there are eight walking tracks ranging from 25 minutes to
three hours, these cater for all levels of walkers.

Fit walkers with rockclimbing skills can reach the summits of
Mounts Tibrogargan, Ngungun or Beerwah.

Rock climbers can climb and abseil Mount Ngungun.

Nearby towns are

Beerburrum, [only 1km from the Mountain] Glass House Mountains, [the town], Beerwah, Landsborough, Maleny, Peachester.

Not only does this area have the National Park, but it is a fertile agricultural area where crops of pineapples, strawberries, macadamia nuts, avocados and tobacco are grown.

Stop at the roadside produce stalls selling local fruit and vegees, nothing like the smell of a freshly picked Pineapple, straight from the farm!

There are Motels, plenty of Caravan Parks and good places for meals.

If you are in Brisbane, pay a visit to this area, IT IS WELL WORTH THE VISIT!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great views! Fascinating Mountains!
  • Cons:Gets a fair amount of rain
  • In a nutshell:Walks, views, fresh fruit & vegetables!
  • Last visit to Glass House Mountains National Park: Sep 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    what a lovely place! The views look super, looks like it would be a lot of fun climbing!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Oct 8, 2015 at 1:48 AM

      It is lovely and fairly close to Brisbane. Thanks for visiting!

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    I remember seeing these mountains from the bus, they looked so beautiful and I really wanted to go there, but it is hard to get there if you don't have a car! It was great to read your descriptions and see your pictures!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Dec 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Thanks Mirjam! It is quite a problem in Australia. Many beautiful places, but you need a car a lot of the time.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    What a beautiful place and fantastic story. A very special place indeed! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous site and its history! Good job!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    lovely to come and see your pg here as Im missing Oz and these places that I use to roam around quite often!My brother since moved here to near Eerwah&bought some land with a little mountain he called Parlanes mountain!

  • DEY's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    I had never heard of this park. Another place to visit when I finally get to Australia. I think I had better plan for a month long vacation minimum! Gotta save the vacation time and the money! Thanks for sharing!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    What a wierd area!!! very interesting and I think the walks must be nice. Never heard of a custard apple, cookinjg or eating? And I would love to see pineapples growing!! Thanks for looking at and rating Kirkcudbright.

  • Tripack's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2010 at 5:39 AM

    Interesting mountains views and reviews! Unfortunately I only see the Glass House Mountain far away from the Tilt train on my way up to North Queensland. Hiking around and up should be great!

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    What a nice name for these little mountains, Dee! I love to walk and find a look out when I finish my hike, so I know I missed something when I visited Queensland 15 years ago. . . . . . . . and I like uncommon places. . . nice to share this place here.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    stunning scenery and stunning pictures. this is the destination made for us and you did full justice to it. reminded me of shenandoah national park, VA and blue ridge highway.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2010 at 3:09 AM

    I was intrigued by the name of these mountains and had to come visit with you! So glad I did - I love mountains and these are beautiful :-)

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