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Glass House Mountains. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Glass House Mountains National Park

James Cook was here

At the Glass House Mountains National Park, craggy volcanic peaks—named by Lt. James Cook—tower over beautiful hinterland scenery. Challenge yourself on a steep hike uphill or relax following an easier walking track and look for koalas, goannas, echidnas and grey kangaroos as you go. Be entertained by the laughing calls of kookaburras, and try to catch a glimpse of lorikeets, rosellas and even the endangered glossy black-cockatoo. Aboriginal people have used this area for ceremonies and trading for many centuries, and its spiritual significance continues today.

Location and getting there

70km N of Brisbane. Access is via the Bruce Hwy and Glass House Mountains Road.

Visitor facilities and opportunities

ToiletsPicnic areaCampingCaravan/camper trailer/campervan sitesShort or easy walksHikesCyclingFishingHorseridingWheelchair access

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Did you know?

The first European to see the remarkable Glass House Mountains was Lt. James Cook. (He later attained the rank of captain and is more commonly known as Captain Cook). In his Journal on 17 May 1770 he wrote: ‘…These hills lie but a little way inland, and not far from each other: they are remarkable for the singular form of their elevation, which resembles glass houses which occasioned my giving them that name…’