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The Glass House Mountains

On our visit to Queensland, Australia, we visited the Glass house mountains area.Which its craggy volcanic peaks towers above pine plantations, eucalypt forests and open fields.The volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains rise dramatically from the surrounding Sunshine Coast landscape. The Glass House Mountains were named by Lieutenant Captain James Cook in 1770. In The Genesis of Queensland (1888), the following extract from Cook's journal on Thursday, 17 May 1770 noted:

"These hills lie but a little way inland, and not far from each other, they are remarkable for the singular form of their elevation, which very much resembles a glasshouse for this reason I called them the Glass Houses..."

The Glasshouse Mountains are a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs which dominate the landscape of the Sunshine coast Hinterland. According to science, they were formed of rhylite and trachtyte, lavas which hardened inside the vents of teritiary volcanoes that have been greatly reduced by about 25 million years of erosion.
Pineapple plantation
Pineapple plantation
Pineapple
Pineapple
Mt Elimbah
Mt Elimbah
Elimbah
Elimbah
Mt Coonowin
Mt Coonowin
Mt. Coonowrin with Mango trees in foreground
Mt. Coonowrin with Mango trees in foreground
Mt. Beerwah
Mt. Beerwah
Mango tree plantation
Mango tree plantation
Mt Coonowrin
Mt Coonowrin
Glass house mountains lookout
Glass house mountains lookout