The breathtaking volcanic plugs of the Glass House Mountains rise abruptly from the subtropical plains 20km northwest of Caboolture. In Dreaming legend, these curious rocky peaks belong to a family of mountain spirits. To British explorer James Cook, their shapes recalled the industrial, conical glass-making furnaces of his native Yorkshire. It’s worth diverting off the Bruce Hwy onto the slower Old Gympie Rd to snake your way through dense bush, scattered with old Queenslander shacks and offering arresting views of these spectacular magma intrusions.
The Glass House Mountains National Park is broken into several sections (all within cooee of Beerwah), with picnic grounds and lookouts but no camping grounds. The peaks are reached by a series of sealed and unsealed roads that head inland from Steve Irwin Way, which itself is home to the blockbuster Australia Zoo, founded by the world-famous Crocodile Hunter himself.