About the Area
The town of Landsborough is situated just north of the Glasshouse Mountains less than an hour’s drive from Brisbane. It is also the gateway to the spectacular Blackall Range and only 20 minutes from the beautiful beaches of the Sunshine Coast. The historic town bears the name of one of Australia’s most successful explorers, William Landsborough.
Beerwah is to the east of Mount Coochin, the northernmost of the Glass House Mountains. After the railway opened in 1890, Beerwah gradually replaced Coochin and Campbellville as the main town in the timber-getting district. The township is the centre of a prosperous rural community.
Glass House Mountains
The township of Glass House Mountains nestles among the famous volcanic monuments of the same name. It is the centre of a richly productive area. The major crop is pineapples and other crops include avocados, papaws, passionfruit, strawberries, macadamia nuts and tobacco as well as many varieties of vegetables. At the southern end Beerburrum is the gateway to the Glass House Mountains. Mount Beerburrum stands sentinel close by. Matthew Flinders, on an expedition in July, 1799, was drawn by the mystery of these peaks and could not resist the challenge of scaling Beerburrum.
A picturesque valley in the central hinterland, is a charming retreat. The northernmost of the “Corridor Towns”, Mooloolah is populated by both long-time and new residents of the Sunshine Coast as well as retirees, many of them from southern states. Nearby, Maleny and Montville are perched on the Blackall Range among rolling hills and valleys. The highest point in this spectacular region is about 549 metres (1800 feet) above sea level from which a 360 degree view can be obtained to the coast, Moreton and Bribie Islands, the Glass House Mountains and other prominences.
Walking and Hiking
The Glass House Mountains offer some spectacular walking tracks through open woodlands and heaths to panoramic lookouts and mountain summits. The walks range from easy to challenging grades.
For more information visit the Queensland Government National Parks Web site.
Views and Lookouts
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Located at 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny Queensland 4552, just off the Landsborough/Maleny Road, the Mary Cairncross Reserve offers superb views of the Glasshouse Mountains. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 52 hectares of National Estate listed sub-tropical rain forest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains with wheelchair and stroller friendly walking tracks and a kiosk. For more information visit the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Located on the Glasshouse-Woodford Road, Lookout 589 offers spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains and Sunshine Coast.