Explore Coastal Queensland Brisbane The Gold Coast The Gold Coast Hinterland The Sunshine Coast Fraser Island The Great Barrier Reef The Southern Reef The tropics: Rockhampton to Cape York The Cape York Peninsula Share Visible as far away as Brisbane 70km to the south, the nine isolated pinnacles of the Glass House Mountains jut dramatically out of a flat plain at Beerwah. To the Kabi Aborigines, the mountains are the petrified forms of a family fleeing the incoming tide, though their current name was bestowed by Captain Cook because of their “shape and elevation” – a resemblance that’s obscure today. The peaks themselves vary enormously: some are rounded and fairly easy to scale, while a couple have vertical faces and sharp spires requiring competent climbing skills. It’s worth conquering at least one of the easier peaks, as the views are superb: Beerburrum, overlooking the township of the same name, and Ngungun, near the Glass House Mountains township, are two of the easiest to climb, with well-used tracks that shouldn’t take more than two hours return; the latter’s views and scenery outclass some of the tougher peaks, though the lower parts of the track are steep and slippery. Tibberoowuccum, a small peak at 220m just outside the national-park boundary, must be climbed from the northwest, with access from the car park off Marsh’s Road. The taller mountains – Tibrogargan and Beerwah (the highest at 556m) – are at best tricky, and Coonowrin should be attempted only by experienced climbers after contacting the National Parks office in Beerwah.