Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive

Posted by Motorama in Motoring Tips

The Glass House Mountains are one of the most popular destinations for weekend trips around Brisbane. Especially the tourist drives are filled with motorists during the weekend, visiting the forests, mountains and cute villages. We'll show you how to get to the best spots via the most beautiful roads.

Beerburrum to Landsborough via Glass House Mountains Lookout

After following the M1 Bruce Highway up north and turning off towards the Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive (#23), the fun starts at Beerburrum. There you turn off Steve Irwin Way and take Beerburrum Road, which turns into Beerburrum Woodford Road just outside Beerburrum.

If you’re feeling energetic, stop here and climb Mount Beerburrum. It’s about a 1.4 km return uphill hike and you're rewarded with great views from the firetower up top.

From there, turn right onto Old Gympie Road, and then left onto Glass House Woodford Road to reach the Glass House Mountains Lookout.

The road is sealed to the lookout but not beyond. There isn’t much to discover past the lookout, but if you're in a 4x4 you can always go on an adventure.

The lookout is a nice spot to have a picnic lunch or to cook up some sausages on the public BBQs.

Hiking the Glass House Mountains

Once you're done at the lookout, make your way back to Old Gympie Road and turn left to head north. From here, you’ve got a few options for doing a little extra loop.

Either take Marshs Road for some lovely views of Mount Tibrogargan and/or to do the Mount Tibrogargan Circuit walk (3.3km) or the longer Trachyte Circuit (5.6km)

You can also follow Coonowrin Road for views of Mount Tibrogargan from further away and to stop back at the village of Glass House Mountains

Or take Fullertons Road to climb up the popular Mount Ngungun; one of the easiest walk in the Glass House Mountains and achievable for kids as well.

Once you’ve taken whichever detour you want, turn back onto Old Gympie Road. Either take it all the way back up to Landsborough, or stop at Lindeman Road to walk up Mount Coochin.

Mary Cairncross Reserve

If you’ve got time, from Landsborough you can take the Maleny Landsborough Road up the Sunshine Coast Hinterland hills to admire the views from Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. It's the long - scenic - way around, for the fastest way there you've got to take Steve Irwin Way.

On a clear day, the views of Mount Beerwah and the rest of the Glass House Mountains are really quite impressive from the Maleny Landborough road though and definitely worth it.

Sometimes you can even make out Brisbane’s skyline in the far distance. It’s best seen in the early morning or late afternoon.

To get to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, turn left at Mountain View Road once you’ve climbed up the hills or simply follow the signs for Tourist Drive #23. There’s also a really nice sub-tropical rainforest walk (1.75km loop) at the reserve you could do.

Finish your scenic tourist drive off with a visit to charming villages like Maleny or Montville and head back to Brisbane via the Maleny-Montville and Landborough-Maleny Road, connecting to the Steve Irwin Way and the M1. Be aware though, especially on Sunday afternoon it can get really busy there.

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