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.