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November 16, 2008, 12:05 pm

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Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains are a series of volcanic mountain peaks north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Their unusual shapes appear to me like a fairyland. We recently discovered this lookout point which gives this great view.

The Glasshouse Mountains were named by Captain Cook on his journey of discovery up the east coast of Australia in 1770. He was reminded, by the sun reflecting off the rock faces, of the glasshouses back in his beloved Yorkshire.

An Aboriginal creation legend of the Glasshouse Mountains tells a tale of a pregnant Beerwah mountain mother, father Tibrogargan and son Coonowrin. The son's neck is broken as punishment (resulting in the shape of the volcanic plug) and the father never looks at his son again. Both mother and father cry tears (seen as streams running down the mountains). It's a wonderful legend which comes to life when you see the mountains up close.

The 377M high Coonowrin is the most obvious but cannot be climbed for safety reasons. Beerwah is tallest at 555m and Tibrogargan sits at 364M. Eight mountains are protected in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park and several State Forests. Pine plantations and farmland separate the peaks.

Bushwalking and bird-spotting are popular pastimes in this area.

The official website of the Glasshouse Mountains with lots more information about this area.

Location

Australia - New Zealand / Australia

Lat: 26° 55' 54" S
Long: 152° 53' 39" E

→ maps.google.com [EXT]

Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

Equipment

Fujifilm Finepix S3500. Photos taken from central post at lookup point.

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