Glass House Mountains to Noosa Trail
The Glass House Mountains are a series of volcanic plugs located about 70km outside of Brisbane heading towards the Sunshine Coast.
The Mountains were named by Lieutenant James Cook (later to become Captain James Cook) in 1770 as they reminded him of glass factory furnace stacks or Glasshouses back in Yorkshire, England.
The best way to access the Glass House Mountains - and its surrounding regions - is on the Steve Irwin way tourist drive. There are so many things to see and do for all types of people. It doesn't matter if you are fit and adventurous or want to do a spot of antiquing, you will find it here! For the more active type, there is plenty of different national parks and local bush land with walking and biking tracks. You could even organise a rock climbing adventure to get to the top of one of the peaks; as they are much to steep to climb like a normal summit.
In Montville you will be greeted with endless options for boutique shopping, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and amazing views! There are plenty of opportunities for photo’s along the famous gallery walk. If you think this sounds like something you would enjoy it also wont take long to come across some fabulous local wineries with a very original taste.
On the way to Montville it is always nice to stop into Malaney and visit the Malaney Dairies to pick up some quality yoghurt or milkshakes. For families, you can even take the kids on a tour of the farm where they will show you how they collect, distribute and create their products. You can even milk a cow yourself!
Malaney also offers a range of shopping opportunities as well as a very large antique store that runs down behind their pop-up café precinct. Your sure to find a small souvenir or even that new piece that you have been searching for.
All the businesses in the area are very friendly. It is a very community based area that relies on tourism and it just makes you wants to stay for more than a day. There is plenty of accommodation available as you travel from the main centre of Glass House Mountains up to Montville/Malaney but there is also plenty of camping opportunities.
As you continue north a definite favorite is the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Why not pop into Underwater World? Always a favorite for the kids. There is also a variety of markets if you are around on the weekend, as well as plenty of dining options.
There is also plenty of beaches only a stones throw away, Peregian beach is especially picturesque surrounded by a newly refurbished shopping precinct. It’s a great place to have a quiet afternoon just strolling along the waters edge or Enjoying some local fresh seafood at one of the local Café’s.
Continuing north on David Low Way for 15 minutes you will arrive at Noosa! Another beachside paradise with plenty to do; a favorite of many locals and visitors alike it to hire a kayak and venture out into the bay.
There is a assortment of small sandy islands to explore. You can even take a picnic lunch and sit back on the beach and just watch the day-to-day life of Noosa city fly by.
If you would like more information on anything you have read, or want to start planning your next weekend up north. Please visit www.visitsunshinecoast.com
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