The four main peaks of the Glasshouses - Tibrogargan, Ngungun, Coonowrin and Beerwah are protected in separate national parks. Within these parks, rare plants, remnants of once widespread vegetation and their dependant animals are preserved. As with climbing in other areas, please ensure that the environment is protected by carrying out all that you carry in. As the saying goes - "don't destroy what you came to enjoy".
Camping facilities are not provided within the national parks. For information on bush camping contact the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Ranger at Beerwah.
Caravan parks are located along the Glasshouse Mountains Road. The 'Glasshouse
Mountains Tourist Park' is convenient to the Tibrogargan turn-off and has nice
campsites. Good facilities including BBQs and hot showers are available here,
making this a popular accommodation option. The 'Glasshouse Mountains Holiday
Village' is located on Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Route just south of the Glasshouse
Township turnoff. It has units, vans, campsites, and good facilities. They can
be contacted on 5496 9338.
Camping is also available at the Forestry Department campsite on Coochin Creek. From the Glasshouse region, turn east off the Highway 5 km north of Coochin Creek Bridge into Roys Road. Drive along Roys Road for 5 km, where a sign will direct you to the campsite along a side road on the R. This campsite is not far from Pumicestone Passage, and Coochin Creek is quite broad here. Coochin Creek is brackish, but a small water tank is provided.
The Matilda service-station on the Glasshouse Mountains Road is large, serves hot food, cold drinks and is open 24 hours, phone 5496 9371. Both Beerburrum and the Glasshouse Mountains Township have shops with the latter having a Mini Supermarket, Bakery and Newsagent. In addition, The Glasshouse Township has a popular Snack Bar (Hanna's Coffee Lounge) that makes great milkshakes and excellent burgers. Hanna's Coffee Lounge is also the information centre for the Glasshouse Mountains township and is open 7am to 8pm and may be able to provide local weather details (i.e. "is it raining outside?") - the phone number is 5493 0077.
How To Get There
The Glasshouse Mountains are situated about 65 km north of Brisbane and are plainly visible from the Bruce Highway. To access the Glasshouse Mountains Township from Brisbane, take the signposted 'Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Route' off the Bruce Highway and follow the signs to the Glasshouse Township. The directions to the respective mountains are given below. Please note, the parking spots at the base of the mountains are known to have regular and ongoing problems with break-ins with cars left for the day. It is not recommended that you leave any valuables in your car, so plan to leave an empty car and carry everything with you, especially wallets and cameras.
A passenger train also runs regularly through the Glasshouse area and takes approximately one hour from Brisbane. Alight at Beerburrum Station for Tibrogargan (45 minute walk), and Glasshouse Station for Ngungun (20 minute walk).