Glass House Mountains National Park, Glass House Mountains

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Glass House Mountains National Park is a heritage-listed national park at Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. It is also known as Beerburrum Forest Reserve 1. It is 70km north of Brisbane and consists of a flat plain punctuated by rhyolite and trachyte volcanic plugs, the cores of extinct volcanoes that formed 27 million to 26 million years ago. The mountains would once have had pyroclastic exteriors, but these have eroded away.The national park was established in 1994. On 23 June 2010 the Queensland Government announced the expansion of the park to include an additional 2,117 hectares. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 3 May 2007.FacilitiesCamp grounds are available at Glass House Mountains township and Coochin Creek, west of Beerwah. Lookouts have been built at several of the summits. Walking tracks allow access to the summits of Mount Beerwah, Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Ngungun. Access is via the Steve Irwin Way exit from the Bruce Highway.HistoryThe Glass House Mountains are one of southeast Queensland's most impressive landmarks. They are situated 65 - 75 kilometres north of Brisbane and are a group of steep sided plugs of trachyte and rhyolite, once within volcanoes active in the early Tertiary Period. They have been exposed by wind and water erosion of the softer material of the cones and surrounding area and now rise dramatically from the flat coastal plain.
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  • Glasshouse Mountains, once erupting volcanoes that formed this wonderful landscape. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday living to the tranquility of the Glasshouse Mountains, To fully appreciate ...  more »
  • Leaving the Glasshouse mountains Ecolodge the hiking trails are only minutes away. Several to choose from, so I undertook the longest one and spent half a day immersed in the bushland.  more »
  • A decent drive from the main highway (M1). Need to be able to go by car or tour group. Can park directly at the top so people with limited mobility can still take advantage of the views. Nice informat...  more »

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