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Glass House Mountains

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The Glass House Mountains are one of the most recognisable landmarks of the Sunshine Coast. The mountains are an important part of both Aboriginal and European history of the region since they have ancient legends attached to them and were named by none other than Captain James Cook as he sailed past on his way down the coast in 1770.

There are 12 peaks included in the Glass House Mountains pack, the tallest being Mount Beerwah at 555 metres. Throughout the national park, there are several walking tracks for a variety of fitness levels and grades of difficulty. Some of the walking tracks will even take you up to the summits of some of the mountains – checking which tracks are open at the visitor’s centre is a good idea as sometimes some tracks are closed due to dangerous conditions. In addition there are some great barbecue and picnic spots in the park to refresh and reenergise at.

Glass House Mountains National Park

The traditional custodians of the Glass House Mountains are the Gubbi Gubbi people and within the national park, there are some places that are of particular spiritual importance to the Gubbi Gubbi people. The mountains are actually a group of volcanic plugs, the core of extinct volcanoes that were formed around 27 million years ago, but there is a rich local aboriginal legend that is attached to the family of mountains. According to the legend Mt. Tibrogargan was the father of the family and Mt. Beerwah was the mother with the other mountains in the group being their children. One day the mighty patriarch of the family sees that the ocean is rising and commands his son Coonowrin to help his pregnant mother move to safety. Instead, the cowardly Coonowrin flees leaving his mother vulnerable and defying his father. The furious Tibrogargan then pursued his son and struck him breaking his neck, which is why Coonowrin is also know as Crook Neck Mountain. Despite his apologies his father remained furious and turned his back on his son looking out to see and the shamed Coonowrin hangs his head in guilt to this day.

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