The Glass House Mountains are one of the Sunshine Coast’s natural wonders.
The magnificent rocky outcrops are actually remnants of volcanic activity that occurred more than 25 million years ago. As the volcanic mountains cooled stunning vertical columns emerged, and today, they have become iconic landmarks on the Sunshine Coast and a popular location for bushwalkers and hikers to explore.
The Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre is a great place to start, with plenty of information available about the mountains and the region’s history.
The mountains are a special meeting place of cultural and spiritual significance for the traditional owners of the Sunshine Coast, the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara people, who held ceremonies and social activities in the region.
In 1770, they captured the attention of Captain Cook when he sailed up the east coast of Australia. So taken was Cook by their appearance that he named them the Glass House Mountains, their shape reminding him of glass furnaces back in his native Yorkshire.
Modern-day explorers can take part in one of the many hikes or mountain climbs available, or simply appreciate the view from the Glass House Mountains Lookout.
The region is home to a number of producers, including Glasshouse Plantation who grow tropical fruits and coffee, and QCamel, one of Australia’s premium suppliers of certified organic camel milk. Stop in for lunch at Glass House Mountains Lookout Café, or take a journey back in time at Bankfoot House: a state heritage-listed property and the oldest surviving residence in the Glass House Mountains.
In the evening, enjoy a room with a view from Glass House Mountains Eco Lodge, whose
accommodation options include restored historic train carriages, or Glass on Glasshouse where floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to fully appreciate the landscape around you.