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Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast

 

Glass House Mountains (also spelled Glasshouse Mountains) is a hinterland town named after the famous Glass House Mountains of the area. Colloquially it is often known simply as "Glasshouse". At the 2011 census, Glass House Mountains had a population of 4,791.

Geography

The town Glass House Mountains is located, approximately 64 kilometres north of Brisbane. The town also has a train station and a railway line that runs northwards towards Northern Queensland and southwards to Brisbane. The Bruce Highway runs along the locality's eastern border.

Economy

Many of the town's original foundations were built on sugarcane, pineapple and farming.

History

The original European farmers that settled in the area brought soccer with them, and it has remained a popular local sport. The soccer grounds were built mostly using resources donated by farmers. The area was also used as a filming location for the movie Sinbad and The Minotaur, with Mount Coonowrin (Crookneck) (closed 1999), Mount Beerwah (closed 2009), Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Ngungun being shown predominantly throughout the movie. In May 2011, the remains of teenager Daniel Morcombe were found at Kings Road in Glass House Mountains. Morcombe had been missing, presumed abducted, since 2003 and his disappearance sparked a massive police investigation including a $1M reward.

Heritage listings

Glass House Mountains has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • 1998 Old Gympie Road, Bankfoot House
  • Barrs Road, Glass House Mountains National Park and Beerburrum Forest Reserve

 

Post Code 4518, Distance to Brisbane CBD = 66km