Approximately an hour’s drive north of Brisbane, one finds the Glasshouse Mountains.

Named by Captain Cook,

they were created some 25 million plus years ago as the country passed over the hotspot now situated at the northern tip of Tasmania, the erosion of time has produced this awe – inspiring sight of rocks soaring above the plains below.

Lava plugs were created as liquid rock filled tiny openings beneath the outer surface, and set within the volcanic cone, hardening as it cooled to become the rocks, trachyte and rhyolite.

Over time, the softer sandstone encasing the cones’ outer extremities has eroded, thereby leaving the plugs exposed.

Well known names such as those of Leichhardt and Flinders passed explored the climes.

Travelling through the region, a variety of vegetation

and animals

unique to the habitats that exist here can be found if you know what to look for.

Four wheel driving is possible, although we had no intention of partaking in that experience this day, or so we thought.

Not too bad to start with as we passed through pine forests,

however that soon changed, we discovered.

Careful palnning was required.

That aside, this was a true experience, and one day is not enough time.