Welcome to Glass House Mountains

The traditional owners, the Jinibara people and Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) people, have inhabited the area for millennia. According to Dreaming legend, these looming volcanic plugs – formed some 24 to 27 million years ago – are a family of mountain spirits. To British explorer James Cook, their shapes recalled the conical glass-making furnaces of his native Yorkshire. Not surprisingly, they have inspired countless artists and writers.

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 themselves are reached by a series of roads, some unsealed, that head inland from Steve Irwin Way, itself home to Australia Zoo, founded by the world-famous Crocodile Hunter himself.

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$100.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Australia Zoo by Croc Express Coach

Australia Zoo is too good to rush, and you'll have almost 6 hours to spend here. All the zoo's many educational shows and demonstrations are supervised. Learn about Australia Zoo's several various national and international conservation projects, endangered species programs and breeding programs such as tigers, cassowaries, Tasmanian devil, cheetahs, elephants and crocodiles. Step aboard Steve’s Safari Shuttle and explore all that Australia Zoo has to offer including the newest exhibit – Africa! Experience the wide open plains of the African Savannah and see exotic animals such as giraffe, rhino and zebra interacting together. See snakes, free-flight birds and learn more about crocs in the world-famous Crocoseum show and be awed by this prehistoric creature. En route to the zoo you'll pass the majestic Glass House Mountains, bordered by pineapple farms and pine forests as you travel along the Steve Irwin Way scenic route to Australia Zoo.

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Noosa and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Trip from Brisbane

Experience of the best of Noosa and the magnificent Sunshine Coast Hinterland in a day! A visit to Australia’s famous Noosa Heads is a must! Spend over an hour and half relaxing and exploring the Noosaville and Noosa Heads, including famous Hastings Street and its exclusive fashion boutiques and cosmopolitan restaurants. Stroll along the boardwalk of the stunning Noosa Beach and take in the spectacular scenery of the National Park and Laguna Bay. Included is a ferry trip along the beautiful Noosa River to the heart of Noosa.Depart Noosa in the afternoon to tour through some of the most picturesque scenery of the Hinterland. Stroll the quaint Montville village, known as 'The Creative Heart of the Sunshine Coast' and enjoy the atmosphere of the specialty shops and galleries.Complete the day with a great photo opportunity at Mary Cairncross Park. Take a guided rainforest walk and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains and the ocean.

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Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane

Your full-day tour starts with morning pickup at the Jen Hotel in Brisbane followed by a one-hour drive in an air-conditioned minivan to reach the legendary Australia Zoo. Enjoy about four hours on your own to explore the fascinating exhibits at Australia Zoo. The  Africa exhibit features spacious plains like the African Savannah where rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and other exotic animals live. Get close views of Sumatran felines at the Tiger Temple, and feel your heart race as crocodiles emerge from clear water pools during the Crocoseum show. From time to time, handlers walk animals through the park, giving you the opportunity for an up-close encounter. You can also participate in a Birds of Prey experience or meet Outback stars like the dingo, wombat, lemur and tortoise. You can even hand-feed kangaroos and pat a cuddly koala. Check the schedule for the day’s shows and demonstrations. After an exciting morning with the animals, meet your guide for the 30-minute journey to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Enjoy mountain scenery and a cooler climate as you approach the town of Montville, which sits at 1,310 feet (400 meters) above sea level. Admire the town’s eye-catching architecture as you walk the streets lined with art galleries, wineries, and restaurants. There is even enough time to pop into boutiques selling items such as handmade candy, cheese, clothing and crafts. Then continue down the road to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Your guide leads you on an optional walk through the rain forest’s towering trees and vibrant plant life. Looking across the Hinterlands, snap photos of the Glass House Mountains and views that extend all the way to the Coral Sea. Return to your starting point in Brisbane in the early evening at the end of your 9-hour tour.

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Eumundi Markets and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane

Choose from two variations of this full-day tour that travels by air-conditioned minivan with a knowledgeable guide. Both options start with morning pickup at the Jen Hotel in Brisbane for a 1.5-drive to the Eumundi Markets. Depending on which tour you select, you’ll have either 40 minutes or two hours at the open-air market. Browse more than 600 stalls that offer furniture, handcrafted toys, household items, one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing by local designers, and more. If you work up an appetite, choose from a range of tasty ready-to-eat dishes, fresh salads, fresh-baked breads, local cheeses, homemade chocolates, cakes and quality coffees. After the market, embark on the next leg of your journey (itinerary options are listed below). Eumundi, Noosa & Hinterland: Spend 40 minutes at the Eumundi Markets then take a short drive to Noosa, where you can explore the relaxed coastal resort town's boasts superb beaches, stylish restaurants and bars for 1.5 hours. You can walk along the beach and boardwalk to watch the surfers, or take in the fashionable shops along Hastings Street. Your tour includes a ferry ride on the Noosa River that takes you into the heart of town. Keep your camera handy for photo ops of Noosa National Park and Laguna Bay. In the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, less than an hour’s drive from Noosa, mountain roads lead to the town of Montville, located at 1,310 feet (400 meters) above sea level. Admire the town’s architecture, with Tudor, Irish and English cottages that sit next to Swiss- and Bavarian-style chalets. Stroll the streets lined with art galleries, restaurants, wineries, cheese factories and small shops that sell items such as handmade candy, clothing and cuckoo clocks. Other notable sights include an old mill with water-wheel and panoramic views over the coastal plain. Once you have explored Montville, continue a few more minutes down the road to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. You can opt to take a leisurely guided walk through the rain forest, gazing up at towering trees and across the Hinterlands at the stunning topography of the Glass House Mountains. Throughout the day, your guide shares the history of the places you visit and tips on the best spots to check out. At the end of your 9-hour tour, you're returned to your starting point in Brisbane. Eumundi & Hinterland:This tour spends three hours at the Eumundi Markets and does not go to Noosa. After perusing the wares at Eumundi Markets, you’ll meet your guide and drive a half hour to reach Montville. From here, the tour continues as above and returns to Brisbane in the early evening.

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Brisbane to Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Group Day Tour

Tour starts early at 7:45am departing from the Bus Stop 125, 161 Roma Street, Brisbane City and returns to same point at around 5:15pm.During the tour, you'll travel through the spectacular Blackall Ranges to Montville, Eumundi, and Noosa and travel back down the Sunshine Coast to Yandina and the World's largest Ginger Factory. You will see spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains. From Blackall Ranges you will experience fantastic views of the Queensland coastline. As you travel along the mountain ridges, you'll pass through farms and quaint villages. Visit the new Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Lookout to enjoy the best views of the Glass House Mountains. You can also visit the Information Centre and undertake a tree-top walk. A short drive will then bring you to Gerrards Lookout, where you can marvel at the coastal views of Coolum, Maroochydore, Caloundra and Bribie Island.Visit Montville perched on the range and have free time (45 minutes and great spot to grab some morning tea) to explore this quaint mountain village of art galleries and eclectic range of boutique shops. A short 30 minute drive takes us to the famous Eumundi Markets. This is Australia's premier artisan and country markets where you will find a large range of goods, art, food, and characters. It is suggested to enjoy lunch here (at own expense), where you'll have 1-hour free time to explore on your own. We will then head to the coast and, following 30 minute drive, you'll arrive in Noosa, one of Australia's most popular beach destinations and the playground of the "rich and famous." The small size of this village nestled behind the National Park provides the exclusivity and uniqueness. Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time.Upon leaving Noosa, travel south past the beaches of Sunshine, Marcus, Peregian and Coolum Beaches before heading inland through the cane fields to Yandina. Visit the World's largest operating Ginger Factory at Yandina.Around 4pm we head back to Brisbane arriving around 5:15pm

$151.18 Day Trips & Excursions

2-Day Moreton Island 4WD Camping Tour from Brisbane

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane Region, QueenslandStaying at our permanent campsite at Ben Ewa, just metres away from beautiful beach and crystal clean water.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island, Brisbane Region, QueenslandGuided snorkel around the wrecks and feed the local tropical fish!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Cape Moreton Lighthouse, Moreton Island, Brisbane Region, QueenslandSpot whales (in season), dolphins, rays, turtles and more.Duration: 1 hour

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