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Glass House Mountains National Park has an area of 2,117 hectares and starts about 70 km north of Brisbane. It is a flat plain featuring cores of extinct volcanoes, the outer rock having been eroded away. The park was established in 1994 and extended in 2010.

The Glass House Mountains were named by Captain James Cook in 1770 as he sailed up the coast. The mountains can be seen from quite a distance out to sea and the shapes reminded him of glass kilns.

The highest peak is Beerwah at 555m, while the most recognisable are Coonowrin (or Crookneck) 377m and Tibrogargan 364m (also 2nd & 3rd highest)

Walking tracks allow access to the summit of some of the peaks but you need to check with the National Parks on accessibility. Climbing the mountains can be extremely dangerous and many people have had to be rescued. There have also been fatalities.

The park covers a diverse range of habitiats from heath to open forest with some rainforest patches.

The Glass House Mountains are best viewed from Mary Cairncross Park - Maleny.

Website: http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/glass-house-mountains/index.html

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  • Written Sep 16, 2011
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