Brisbane day trip #1: The Glasshouse Mountains

19 Jun

Me at Wild Horse Mountain lookout with Glasshouse Mountains in the background.

BRISBANE DAY TRIP #1: THE GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS Perched atop of the flat plains of Beerwah,45 minutes north of Brisbane, lie 15 perky mountains called the Glasshouse Mountains. 25 million years ago they were active volcanoes. Today, only the ancient cores remain, consisting of hard solidified molten rock.

Some of them appear like spires, the others distinctively round. Mt Beerwah is the highest at 556 metres above sea level. To witness a panoramic view (pictured above), drive south east to Wild Horse Mountain and then follow the signed walking track. The cement path detracts from the scenery during the steep walk to the lookout, but it’s only 700m and the view is first class. You will see Brisbane, Caboolture and Maroochydore cities from the top.

Mt Coonowrin

Mt Coonowrin - one of 15 Glasshouse Mountains.

Scenic drives around the national park are clearly signposted and make for a peaceful day out (no GPS necessary).

If you only have a couple of hours to spare, I recommend walking the Wild Horse Mountain and Glass House Mountains lookout tracks. Beefy’s Pies on the Bruce Highway make for a convenient treat in between the two tracks.

The mountains offer more for amateur and experienced climbers, with summit treks, rock climbing and abseiling options. However, the mountains have been closed several times this year because of serious damage caused by rock falls. In May, three climbers were air lifted to safety from Mt Tibrogargan. Climbers should always consult authorities for official weather and condition reports before commencing a climb.

Visit AustralianExplorer website for more information or go to the Brisbane Information Centre.

By Marissa Toohey


2 Responses to “Brisbane day trip #1: The Glasshouse Mountains”

  1. Chris Denovan August 5, 2010 at 1:55 PM #

    Hi Marissa,
    sounds like Vietnam is pretty exciting. I am following along with your journey.
    If you get a chance drop me a line.
    Chris D

    • theBubbleBuster August 5, 2010 at 8:21 PM #

      Hi Chris, it’s great to hear from you! Vietnam is very interesting – I’m glad you enjoy reading about it. Hope you’re going well! Let me know what you’ve been up to 🙂

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