Scenic tourist drives appear to be some kind of odd invention in Queensland. Not that other states don’t have them but the ones in Queensland, well south-east Queensland, don’t seem to be particularly scenic. Or touristy.
The Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive (#24) in the Sunshine Coast hinterland sounded promising. But when we “explored” it back in January, it turned out that this magnificent drive just takes you along a fairly well-trafficked road, the Steve Irwin Way, from north to south, without much of a view of anything. Oh, but you do go past Australia Zoo so perhaps that’s enough and the reason for the tourist drive.
Somehow I expected some fantastic views of a rugged volcanic landscape but alas, no such luck (except at one point you get a glimpse of Mount Tibrogargan but that still doesn’t quite redeem it).
However, taking the road through the township of Glass House Mountains to – surprise! – the Glass House Mountain Lookout, you can catch some nice views of the volcanic outcrops from various spots.
The Glass House Mountains are probably best viewed at sunset as they somehow seem more awe-inspiring then. At some point I’d like to return and take a few shots and improve upon the ones here.