Named by Cook during his epic voyage along Australia's east coast, the Glass Houses are rhyolitic volcanic plugs left by volcanic activity millions of years ago. This area has special significance for the Gubbi Gubbi Aboriginal people.
Remnants of the open eucalypt woodland and mountain heath vegetation, which once covered the coastal plains, provide a home for an interesting variety of wildlife including 26 rare and threatened plants. The first 300 metres of this walk is along a well graded track to three lookouts overlooking Mts Tunbubulla (The Twins), Tibberoowuccum, Coonowrin and Beerwah. Past the third lookout, your climb to the summit is along steep rock face.
This track is very steep and exposed. It is mostly a rock climb and should only be attempted by fit, experienced walkers.
The track goes up the western face of the mountain. Allow at least one day for the track to dry after rain.
Take plenty of drinking water and wear a hat and sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes and be careful walking on the loose scree. Be aware that walkers above you might dislodge rocks. Never attempt this walk during or after wet weather.
Start the walk early morning and walk in the cooler months. Allow at least one day for the track to dry after rain.
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