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Summary

A major, historical and popular climbing destination for south-east Queensland climbers. Something for everyone, from short hard sport climbs to long easy trad adventures and everything in between.

Description

Four separate volcanic plugs (mountains) located on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. The online guide is available at www.qurank.com/glasshouse

First Nations Information

The First Nations people from this area are Jinibara.

The Jinibara people of the Sunshine Coast are the inland or mountain people and their names means “people of the lawyer vine” (jinni = lawyer vine; bara = people), thus referring to the mountainous nature of their country where the lawyer vine grows. The Jinibara People’s traditional land embraces the Blackall Ranges and the area west of Old Gympie Road. The Jinibara People consist of four sub-groups or clans, being the Dungidau centred on Kilcoy, Villeneuve and Mt Archer area, the Nalbo of the Blackall Range and much of the Glasshouse Mountains area, the Dala between Woodford and the Blackall Range, and the Garumngar of the rolling country between the Brisbane River and Mt Crosby and what today is the southern edge of Brisbane Forest Park.

The Glass House Mountains area was a special meeting place where many First Nations Peoples gathered for ceremonies and trading. It is considered spiritually significant with many ceremonial and cultural sites still present and protected today. The Glasshouse Mountains hold significant cultural meaning to First Nations people with Mount Tibrogargan, Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah being central in local Dreamtime Legend.

*The Dreaming: https://visitsunshinecoasthinterland.com.au/things-to-do/glass-house-mountains-aboriginal-legend/

All information collected has been carried out with research, respect and best interest however, we welcome feedback from the community.

Access issues

Most 'Glasshouse Mountains' climbing is within the Glass House Mountains National Park. Please respect the environment and other people's enjoyment of it. Access to climbing here is a privilege, not a right.

The 2019 Ngungun track expansion & fortification work is now complete, and the mountain is once again fully open.

Approach

The Glasshouse Mountains are located 70km north of Brisbane CBD (and are now, due to urban sprawl, considered almost an outer suburb!) Drive via the M1 highway, and take the left turn-off to Steve Irwin Way and follow this to town of Glasshouse Mountains. The mountains themselves are clearly visible and are accessed from various different carparks.

Where to stay

There are no camping areas within Glass House Mountains National Park. Nearby Beerburrum State Forest has a camping area at Coochin Creek. There are also private camping areas on the Glass House Mountains Rd. Rocky Creek scout camp near Landsborough has been recommended as a good cheap place to camp. A range of other holiday accommodation is available in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Ethic

Modern climbers establishing new routes have taken great pains to ensure any new routes do not interfere with the historic routes established many decades ago.

Retro-bolting of existing routes is unacceptable!

New routes shall make use of traditional protection where available.

History

History timeline chart

Historically, one of the most important crags in the country. The birthplace of technical climbing in Australia is right here, pre-dating the area becoming a National Park. Ascents are recorded as early as the late 1800s.

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Selected Guidebooks more Hide

Author(s): Jimmy Blackhall & David Jefferson

Date: 2021

ISBN: 9377779499658

Hidden within the ordinary people of Queensland there exists a tight-knit community of scabby knuckles, grazed knees, massive forearms and iron-clad wills. This guidebooks seeks to shed light on this community and blocks of choice with all the information, skills and knowledge to open the door for you to explore all the bouldering that Queensland has to offer.

Author(s): Simon Carter

Date: 2018

ISBN: 9780958079068

A few years ago there was basically Frog Buttress and Coolum. Since then there has been more development than Barangaroo and South East Queensland should be on any climbers radar no matter what your style. Except ice climbing, definitely no ice climbing. But over 1250 routes with hard sport, multipitches and quality trad to make a great trip.

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