Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains Visitor Information Centre in Settlers Rotary Park is a delightful gateway to the Sunshine Coast. The centre is on the way into the township of Glasshouse Mountains and has an interpretive centre for the region providing information about the mountains and national parks. The centre provides a free booking service for accommodation, tours and activities, and also showcases local produce. Enjoy the extensive landscaping with barbecue facilities and playground.

The Glass House Mountains are found in the hinterland of Queensland's Sunshine Coast. They are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes, so that the sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only hardened plugs or rock spires.

The Aboriginal dreaming story about these formations gives each of the mountains a name and character in a family, and tells a dramatic story of human relationships.

Captain James Cook gave the area its unusual English name while sailing past, on his way up Australia's east coast, in 1770. From a distance they reminded him of the glass-making furnaces of his home town in Yorkshire.

There are both sealed and unsealed roads through the Glass House Mountains National Park, with spectacular lookouts over the surrounding plains along the way. An excellent day trip could include a lunch stop at picnic grounds, bush trails and rock-climbing.

The area around the mountains produces many tropical fruits such as avocados, pineapples and papaws as well as strawberries, vegetables, nuts and tobacco.

Visitors can stay in the area at the township of Glass House Mountain, which can be reached in about 20 minutes from Caboolture or 30 minutes from Caloundra. Nearby towns are Beerwah, Beerburrum, Landsborough and Mooloolah.

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 64 Kilometres.

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Mooloolaba Christmas Lights Canal Cruise

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$35.00 - 35.00
8 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
Mooloolaba Canals are alight, celebrating the festive season and Hela-Va-Jet can get into the smaller canals where you can see some of the most spectacular sites. Come join them on a cruise through the canals enjoying the light parade.

Rip Curl Grom Search

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
11 – 15 December 2017
The Rip Curl GromSearch is a worldwide series of events designed for grommets. The GromSearch Series runs in 10 different countries with over 5,000 competitors worldwide. The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a National final.

Peter Pan - NT Live Screening

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$10 - 25
11 – 12 December 2017
When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await.

Festival of Small Halls Summer Queensland Tour 2017

Kandanga, Gympie Area
13 December 2017
Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.

Sunshine Coast Masters Golf Event

Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
13 – 15 December 2017
This PGA "legends" pro am golf event will see greats of Australian golf descend on the Sunshine Coast in a relaxed but professional environment competing for Australia's richest pro am prize for 2017. Australian golfing stars such as Ian Baker Finch, Peter Senior and Roger Davis will be playing along side amateur golfers on the Sunshine Coasts' best two resort courses - Twin Waters Golf Club and Pelican Waters Golf Club.

Saltwater Pamper Day Retreat

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$180 - 180
Weekly from 13 December 2017
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Buderim, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$5 - 10
14 – 16 December 2017
The Brisbane Heat are coming back to the Sunshine Coast to play two massive KFC Big Bash League practice games against the Melbourne Renegades at the Maroochydore Cricket Club in Buderim.

Maryborough City Heart Markets

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 14 December 2017
Every Thursday, Maryborough's city centre undergoes an amazing transformation into a colourful outdoor heritage bazaar. Wander around over 120 stalls with an amazing array of farm fresh produce and unique wares.

The Rock Face: Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre

Currimundi, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$11.35 - 11.35
16 December 2017
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Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
16 December 2017
The annual event is organised by Mooloolaba Yacht Club and proudly sponsored by The Wharf Mooloolaba and the Sunshine Coast Council. The parade starts at 6.30pm in front of The Wharf Mooloolaba before heading out along the main canals of Mooloolaba, Kawana and Buddina before finishing back in front of The Wharf.
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