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Published March 23rd 2016
Visit the Mountains - Walk, Picnic, Explore and Take Photos
There's something special about this Lookout – with the drive through the amazing pine forests, up to the brilliant views of some of the eleven hills that comprise the Glass House Mountains.
The name "Glasshouse Mountains" was given to this collection of hills by Captain James Cook in 1770, as the peaks reminded him of his home in Yorkshire and specifically the glass furnaces of the area. You can read more of the history here.
There are several ways to get to the Glass House Mountains Lookout – I travelled from Caboolture onto Beerburrum Road, and continued north to the turn off that takes you onto the old Gympie Road, and followed the signs. It is an interesting drive up past pineapple plantations and strawberry farms then through the pine forests up to the Lookout. It is well signposted, and there's generally plenty of parking when you reach your destination.
There is a great 800 metre walk through the bushland, which is not too challenging I am told, but I did not do it. Instead I stood, with camera in hand, taking photos and admiring the great views to the east and south east of the two key spots to get great views. There is no shortage of places to get great photos, with information boards giving the traditional names of the mountains and other details.
Beautiful mosaic tiles depicting the local mountains are dotted through the cement paths, and the area is extremely well maintained.
There are BBQ and picnic facilities and lawned areas for the children to play. Birds sing in the bush and if you are lucky you will see one of the wallabies that live in the bush nearby. You can take your canine friend as long as it remains on a leash, and there are toilet facilities, though, like my granddaughter, visitors may be a little surprised that they are compost toilets where one has to scoop sawdust into the toilet bowl! A bit of education here, and when I told the grandchildren about the old dunnies and the use of newspaper and pages from telephone books, Master Twelve asked me what a telephone book was!!!
Take a picnic lunch or test the BBQs, or visit one of the cafes in the area, though there is not one at the Lookout. It is a good day trip - with plenty of opportunities to share quality information about the area, farming and the forests with the children.
Why not spend a night or two - there are many great places to stay, in the area.