Glass House Mountains FAQ

Here is a list of the frequently asked questions about the Glass House Mountains.

Question : Why are they called the Glass House Mountains?

Answer : In the year 1770 Lieutenant James Cook (later to become Captain Cook) named them as they reminded him of the chimney stacks of furnaces of the glass manufacturing plants, known as glass houses.

Question : How many mountains are there?

Answer : As far as I can find out there are 11 actual mountains with 13 peaks as 2 are doubles.

Question : They aren't exactly Mount Everest, why are such little hills called mountains?

Answer : Ask James Cook...........

but you have to admit Mount Beerwah, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Tibrogargan are pretty impressive, especially from out on Moreton Bay the way they seem to rise out of nowhere.

Question : Can I climb all of the mountains?

Answer : Unfortunately NO you can't, two of the previously popular climbing mountains are now CLOSED TO EVERYONE including rock climbers and abseilers. These are Mount Beerwah and Mount Coonowrin and they were both closed due to rock slides/falls.

Question : Can't I just ignore the signs and walk these closed tracks?


Answer : Well I guess you can do anything you like and no there is not likely to be a ranger stopping you but these were closed for safety reasons. You should also consider the people including the SES who risk their lives to rescue people trapped or injured on the mountains.

Question : What is the easiest mountain to climb?


Answer : Wild Horse would have to be the easiest as it is actually a disused road that you walk on. It is steep but my family have all walked up including a one year old who walked part and rode in the pram the rest.

It is also very easy to get to.

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