Glass House Mountains
Glass House Mountains National Park
The Glass House Mountains National Park is famous for its beautiful forests surrounding the spectacular volcanic peaks. A fantastic sight. Located in the state of Queensland and only one hours drive north of the states capital Brisbane.
The parks volcanic peaks and lush surrounds are protected from vandals and residential/commercial development. Meaning it will be safe in many years to come. The National Park is very proud of its Pine Plantations, Bush lands and Open Fields. Providing habitats such as these with native flora including 26 species of plants which are rare or threatened, provides a home for native Australian wildlife. The volcanic peaks themselves are actually rhyolite plugs formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.
Park grounds are also home to Indigenous Australian history, it was here that the Aboriginal people once used as a meeting place. It is said that the Glass House Mountains are spiritually significant, this was where they held many traditional ceremonies. These sights are now protected under law.
With different forest reserves located here, all are protected with walking tracks that visitors can explore. Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests and Forest Reserves is home to pine plantations and eucalyptus fields, the Bellthorpe State Forest and Forest Reserve offers eucalyptus forests, rain forests, water falls, and cascades and the Dularcha National Park and Mooloolah Forest Reserve has a historic railway tunnel which is home to a bat colony.
There are several walking tracks available for visitors of all experience and fitness levels. There is the Glass House Mountains Look Out Track, Mount Beerburrum Track, Wild Horse Mountain Look Out Track, Mount Ngungun, Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Beerwah, Dularcha National Park Tunnel Track and Jowarra.
Other fun activities to take part in whilst at the National Park include Rock Climbing, Four Wheel Driving, Trail Bike Riding, Horse Riding, Bike Riding, and of course picnicking. There is a Visitors Centre open for those interested in finding out more about the parks history and the native flora and fauna that call the park home. As well as camping and accommodation facilities for those looking for a longer stay.
The Glass House Mountains National Park is protected by the Australian Government, it is vital that all visitors respect the rules of the park. All visitors must not litter and must clean up after themselves. In doing all of this the National Park shall remain open to the public for a long time to come.