Glass House Mountains to Sunshine Coast Shores

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This is a journey of icons, legends, lakes, gardens, national parks and beaches. Start in the beautiful Glass House Mountains before you wind your way down to Australia Zoo. You'll then continue on to Ewen Maddock Dam, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Mooloolah River National Park, Mooloolaba Beach and on to Lake Cootharaba.

Journey Details

Duration
24 Hours
Distance
85 Kilometres

Activities

  • Hiking/Trekking

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One of Queensland's natural golden girls, the Glass House Mountains are distinctive volcanic plugs, rise abruptly out of a patchwork of farms and forests. There are both sealed and unsealed roads through the national park, with spectacular lookouts over the surrounding plains and eight walking tracks catering to all levels of experience. Fit walkers with rock-climbing skills can reach the summits of Mounts Tibrogargan, Ngungun or Beerwah. Suitably equipped experienced rock climbers can climb and abseil Mount Ngungun.

Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

Drive to 41 Mountain View Road, Maleny where you'll discover Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. This 55 hectare National Estate-listed subtropical rainforest overlooks the Glass House Mountains and offers some of the best views of the mountains that are steeped in Indigenous myth and legend. The reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life, which promises to delight with its tranquillity and beauty.

Continue along Mary Cairncross Road to Maleny Botanical Gardens, arguably one of the best views of the mysterious Glass House Mountains, steeped in a rich indigenous history. Meander through some of the most exquisite gardens in Queensland enjoy a picnic or simply relax with a Devonshire tea at the café.

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Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

While perusing the soul of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in the delightful town of Montville, stop in at The Edge for a panoramic view over the area all the way to Sunshine Coast Beaches. Stop at Mapleton Lookout to see how early pioneers, in full Victorian dress, navigated the Obi Obi gorge.

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Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

From charming Mapleton, follow the road down the range until you reach the Bruce Highway (Pacific Coast Drive) then head south for about 15 minutes until you come to the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens.

Surfers and swimmers adore this lovely beach with its stretch of white sand and specialty shops and restaurants. Enjoy some fresh seafood for which this particular part of the Sunshine Coast is renowned.

Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

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Free Entry
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Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
Stretch your gaze across vast, treeless plains, over sand dunes and along river channels towards low ranges on the horizon. Camp in the shade of a coolabah tree, dreaming at night under endless starry skies of the Maiawali and Karuwali people and travellers along the mighty Diamantina River long ago.

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Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
The billabong, located on the edge of town, is a beautiful place to view the outback sunset and you can also enjoy walking, kayaking, swimming or fishing. Across the water is Pelican Point, a small peninsula with a great view of the billabong and its birdlife.

Deon's Lookout

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
Have your camera ready when you arrive at Deon's Lookout. You will love the spectacular and long-ranging views. With a rest area, public toilets and picnic table, this is a great place to break your journey.

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