Friday, 20 April 2012
Glass House Mountains (1)
I'm going to take you on another small tour of this part of Queensland. Hope you enjoy it. If you drive north out of Brisbane and head towards the Sunshine Coast hinterland, in just 45 mins you can find yourself in the Glass House Mountains. Rising abruptly from the plains south of Caloundra, craggy volcanic peaks tower over plantations and bushland. Here we see Mt Tibrogargan (364 m).
The name was given to these mountains by Lieutenant James Cook (later Captain) on his voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770. Apparently they reminded him of glasshouses (glass furnaces) of his native Yorkshire. They are, in fact, volcanic plugs, the cores of extinct volcanoes that formed 27 to 26 million years ago. The pyroclastic exteriors have eroded away over the millions of years. The lookout has some nice mosaics set into the pathway depicting each mountain.