Looking for the best views of the Glasshouse Mountains or the best place to photograph Queensland’s Glasshouse Mountains?
Then keep reading!
We’ve got several fantastic suggestions on where you can stand to take impressive Glasshouse Mountains photos.
What are the Glass House Mountains names?
The Glass House Mountain peaks are known as:
- Mount Beerburrum
- Mount Beerwah
- Mount Coochin
- Mount Coonowrin (Crookneck)
- Mount Elimbah (The Saddleback)
- Mount Ngungun
- Mount Tibberoowuccum
- Mount Tibrogargan
- Mount Tunbubudla (The Twins)
- Wild Horse Mountain (Round Mountain)
- Mount Miketeebumulgrai
Glass House Mountains Map
Download this free map of the Glasshouse Mountains and surrounding area.
Glass House Mountains and surrounds map (PDF, 210KB)
Where to go for the best Glass House Mountains photos?
Try these following locations for the best view of the Glasshouse Mountains:
- Glass House Mountains lookout
- Glass House Mountains lookout track
- Wild Horse Mountain Lookout
- Lookout near Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
- ‘One Tree Hill’, Maleny
- McCarthy’s Lookout, Maleny
- Mount Ngungun summit
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.Ansel Adams.
Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area
The Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area is a popular place for a picnic while enjoying stunning views of the Glass House Mountains.
While you are there, check out the fire tower for even more stunning views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
The Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area has non-flushing toilets, free electric BBQ’s, picnic tables and wheelchair access (may require assistance).
The roads to access this picnic are are all sealed and suitable for conventional vehicles.
- From the Bruce Highway, turn onto Steve Irwin Way.
- From Steve Irwin Way there are multiple routes to Old Gympie Road—from Beerburrum via the Beerburrum-Woodford Road; from Beerwah via the Kilcoy–Beerwah Road; or from just south of Glass House Mountains via Barrs and Marshs Roads.
- Turn off Old Gympie Road onto Glass House–Woodford Road and drive 2.7km to the day-use area.
Glass House Mountains lookout track
The Glass House Mountains Lookout track is an 800m circuit that departs from the Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area.
This easy track is open 24 hours a day and offers stunning views of the Glass House Mountains.
The track is not wheelchair accessible.
Wild Horse Mountain Lookout
The best place to photograph the Glasshouse Mountains is from Wild Horse Mountain Lookout. For the lookout, you not only get stunning views of all the Glass House Mountains but in the opposite direction you get views of Pumicestone Passage and Bribie and Moreton Islands.
So for the best place to photograph the Glasshouse Mountains in South East Queensland, you should head towards Johnston Road near Caboolture for the Wild Horse Mountain Lookout.
If traveling from Brisbane, take the M1 Motorway and get off at Exit 171 (Johnston Road). Cross over the motorway and travel straight ahead on a narrow sealed road. Follow the road as it veers to the right and continue on it till you reach the car park for the Wild Horse Mountain Lookout.
From the car park, take the service road up to the lookout. You will need to walk up the steep 700m path as it is accessible only to fire trucks and the forestry service vehicles. From the top you will be rewarded with breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views of the Glasshouse Mountains and across Pumicestone Passage and Bribie and Moreton Islands.
*Tip: if planning to stay and watch the sunset remember to take a torch. There are no street lights and the path down to the car park is very steep.
*Bonus Tip: Look out for snakes on or near the path!!
When to photograph the Glasshouse Mountains from Wild Horse Mountain Lookout?
For a view of the Glasshouse Mountains, you should take your photograph at sunset.
For a view of Pumicestone Passage and Bribie and Moreton Islands, you should take your photograph at sunrise.
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Lookout near Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is located on the aptly named Mountain View Road. Just across the road from the reserved is a strip of grass that offers stunning views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
‘One Tree Hill’, Maleny
One Tree Hill is the most popular destination on the Sunshine Coast for wedding photography with a single native sour cherry tree standing in a paddock of its own against the stunning backdrop of the Glasshouse Mountain. The property is privately owned so you will need to either stand on the footpath to take your photo or contact the owner to organise a booking.
This is a working farm so please do not enter the property without permission.
How to make a booking for One Tree Hill
Contact Mrs Woods on 07 5494 2115 at One Tree Hill. There is a $50 booking fee, payable in advance before entering the property. All funds raised are donated to local charities with over $40,000 donated so far.
McCarthy’s Lookout, Maleny
Frequently asked questions about the Glass House Mountains
How big is Glasshouse Mountains National Park?
Glasshouse Mountains National Park has a total area of approximately 883 hectares (2,180 acres).
What is the Glasshouse Mountains History?
The Glass House Mountain peaks are a distinctive landmark in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Craggy peaks tower over a scenic patchwork of pine plantations, bushland and cultivated fields. Many of the peaks are protected in Glass House Mountains National Par, and are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Register as a landscape of national significance.
Named by Lieutenant James Cook during his epic voyage along Australia’s east coast, the Glass House Mountains are intrusive plugs formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.www.queensland.com
Where is the Glass House Mountains camping ground?
The Glass House Mountains camping facilities are can be found at 2001 Old Gympie Rd, Glass House Mountains QLD 4518
Is it Glasshouse Mountains or Glass House Mountains?
The correct spelling is using two words – Glass House Mountains.
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