glass house mountains, queensland, australia by gary roberts

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about an hour after sunrise on a cold and misty queensland sunday. taken from mary cairncross reserve.

the landscape really does have an other-worldly look and feel about it and it holds very symbolic meaning for the aboriginal people.

nikon d5000 / af-s dx nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6g vr (3.0x) | f/7.1 | 1/200 sec | iso200

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the glass house mountains were named by lieutenant captain james cook in 1770. in the genesis of queensland (1888), the following extract from cook’s journal on thursday, 17 may 1770 noted:

these hills lie but a little way inland, and not far from each other. they are remarkable for the singular form of their elevation, which very much resembles a glasshouse (furnace) for this reason i called them the glass houses…’

the above text and for further reading please go to department of environment and resource management

the glass house mountains national park is in queensland, australia, 70km / 43 miles northeast of brisbane, the state capital. it consists of a flat plain punctuated by rhyolite and trachyte volcanic plugs, the cores of extinct volcanoes that formed over 26 million years ago. the mountains would once have had pyroclastic exteriors, but these have eroded away.

the park was established in 1994. on the 23 june 2010 the queensland government announced the expansion of the park to include an additional 2,117 hectares (5,231 acres).

the above text and for further reading please go to wikipedia


  • baddoggy
    baddoggyabout 3 years ago


  • thanks bad:-)

    – gary roberts

  • Jenny Brice
    Jenny Briceabout 3 years ago

    Great atmosphere in this photo Gary. It certainly does have an “other-worldly” feel, like a scene from a fantasy movie.

  • many thanks jenny, you need to see it to believe it:-)

    – gary roberts

  • MissyD
    MissyDabout 3 years ago

    Cool shot Gary!

  • thanks missy:-)

    – gary roberts

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darabout 3 years ago

    so nice view

  • thank you bobby:-)

    – gary roberts

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • thanks very much melissa:-)

    – gary roberts

  • Jaxybelle
    Jaxybelleabout 3 years ago

    wonderful work :)

  • thank you very much:-)

    – gary roberts

  • Matthew Stewart
    Matthew Stewartabout 3 years ago

    Love that potent sky Gary!

  • thanks matthew – i couldn’t believe my luck when i saw this:-)

    – gary roberts

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 3 years ago
    WoW !! ..awesome capture Gary – just love this !!
  • many thanks for your great comment gail:-)

    – gary roberts

  • Frankf
    Frankfabout 3 years ago

    Excellent, that’s a wonderful shot of the Glass House Mountains.

  • hey, thanks very much frank:-)

    – gary roberts

  • James  Key
    James Keyabout 3 years ago

    Stunning image Gary. Congrats on feature.
    Cheers Jim

  • many thanks jim, much appreciated:-)

    – gary roberts

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