Glasshouse Mountains Getaway

Even though I’d just been on a couple of weekends away, I’m always up for a trip. Donald wanted to go to the Glass House Mountains and stay in accommodations with a fireplace, so I found a place. We booked and headed up there on Monday morning.

We hadn’t had breakfast before leaving, so we stopped at the Lookout Cafe for some. The food was nothing to write home about, but the view was very nice:

20150720 View from Lookout Cafe, Glass House Mountains 1

After brekky, we drove up the road a kilometer or two to the actual lookout. It was quite overgrown with trees, so not that fantastic. I shot a panorama though:
20150720 Glass House Mountains Lookout 2

We dropped in to check out our accommodations and dump our stuff. The fire was lit, so the place was nice and warm. It’s called Crookneck Retreat and our ‘room’ was surrounded by macadamia trees.

20150720 Crookneck Retreat - our cabin 3

20150720 Crookneck Retreat 4

20150720 Crookneck Retreat 5

We realised that although we’d brought coffee and sugar and wine, we had forgotten to bring the coffee plunger. Oops. We headed into town (Beerwah) to have a look in some second-hand stores. We scored a good sized plunger and took it back to our place so we could have a nice coffee.

Since the sun was shining, and the weather forecast was for overcast and rain, we thought we’d go check out the walk at Mt Ngungun. This turned out to be a brilliant idea! It was getting towards late afternoon so the sun was low, but there were a lot of people going up the mountain. Most of them appeared to be locals getting some exercise!

There was a bit of a view about half way up, as well as some caves and we saw people abseiling there. It was a long way up:

20150720 Views from climb up Mt Ngungun 6

20150720 Views from climb up Mt Ngungun 7

20150720 Views from climb up Mt Ngungun 8

20150720 Views from climb up Mt Ngungun 9

But it was definitely worth it for the view at the top!

20150720 Views from the top of Mt Ngungun 10

20150720 Views from the top of Mt Ngungun 11

20150720 Views from the top of Mt Ngungun 12

20150720 Views from the top of Mt Ngungun 13

Here’s a view of Mt Ngungun – you can see the little peak that we climbed to the top of.

20150720 Views of Mt Ngungun - the one we climbed to the top of 14

After our exercise, we headed back to our accommodation and freshened up for dinner. We’d been told the pub was good, but we must’ve gone to the wrong pub, because it didn’t look appealing at all! We had seen an Indian restaurant on the other side of the tracks, so we headed there. They had a $21 banquet special on, so we had that. It was very nice and well worth the price, I thought.

We made good use of the spa at our place and then just relaxed by the fire and read books until bedtime.

Tuesday morning started out nice on one side the sky. Here’s Mt Coonowrin, seen from the road:

20150721 Mt Coonowrin seen from the road 15

Unfortunately, it was dreary and overcast not long after that, once we arrived in Maleny. We stopped at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. First order of the day was a nice breakfast at the cafe there.

20150721 Cafe at Mary Cairncross Park 17

20150721 Cafe at Mary Cairncross Park 18

It even had a fireplace:

20150721 Cafe at Mary Cairncross Park 19

After this, we went for a walk through the rainforest there. It requires a gold coin donation, but it’s worth it. It was raining, unfortunately, but it is a rainforest after all!

20150721 The Rainforest Walk at Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny 21

20150721 The Rainforest Walk at Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny 20

20150721 The Rainforest Walk at Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny 22

20150721 The Rainforest Walk at Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny 23

These trees are thought to be about 500 years old:

20150721 Rose-Flooded Gum - 500-600 years old - The Rainforest Walk at Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny 24

There was a lot of colourful and pretty fungus growing:

20150721 The Rainforest Walk at Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny 27

20150721 The Rainforest Walk at Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny 26

20150721 The Rainforest Walk at Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny 25

They had a little exhibition in the hut. It included a snake’s shed skin:

20150721 The Rainforest Walk at Mary Cairncross Park, Maleny 28

After this exercise and walk in the rain, we went for a little drive around to explore the area some more. This was off a little dirt track which I didn’t want to go down very far, since we were in my little car and not a 4WD! All the little puffs of cloud everywhere – I had assumed they were chimney smoke, but Donald thinks they’re just clouds.

20150721 Views from McCarthy's Lookout 29

We stopped in Maleny to get lunch…and cheeses as it turned out! We stopped at Colin James because it had good reviews on Tripadvisor. Their lunches didn’t appeal, but their little fromagerie did! We bought a few cheeses to go with our water bikkies in the evening. Yum!

20150721 Cheese! The fromagerie at Colin James in Maleny 30

We checked out a few other places, but ended up having lunch at the top (or bottom, not sure!) of town at the Organic Cafe. It looks like a produce shed. I had a great lentil soup, and Donald had some sort of quiche. They had quite a few vegetarian options.

20150721 The Organic Cafe 31

20150721 The Organic Cafe 32

They seem to sell all sorts of stuff there, besides cafe food.

20150721 The Organic Cafe 33

20150721 The Organic Cafe 34

20150721 The Organic Cafe 35

I would recommend the place for lunch or just a coffee and browse.

This old shed and tree is just one street away from the main street of Maleny (and where we’d parked). I thought it was cute.

20150721 Maleny 36

We stopped in a few shops, including second-hand shops. We spent the longest time in the shoe shop, which was very well stocked. They didn’t have all that much in my size, but that’s not unusual. I didn’t buy anything, though I felt guilty because I had had very good service.

We stopped a couple of times on the way back to Glass House Mountains, to capture the views:

20150721 View of the Sunshine Coast from across the road from the Big Barrel 37

20150721 View from Teahouse Lookout 38

We were quite worn out after all this, so headed to our accommodations and had a nice coffee and relax by the fire. I dragged out the cheeses and we gorged on those so much that we didn’t want dinner. So we had another nice spa and then read in the cosy bed for a while.

Our last day dawned, so after coffee, packing up our gear and paying for the room, we headed down to the coast.

We stopped for breakfast at Caloundra. I finally got my eggs benedict! It was quite nice too, and the view from the cafe was great too – right on the water.

20150722 Breakfast at Caloundra 1

20150722 The Boardwalk, Happy Valley, Caloundra 40

After brekky, we went for a walk along the path bordering the shore. It went on quite some way, but we only walked probably 1.5km along it before stopping and turning around. It’s beautiful, but very similar to Stradbroke, Gold Coast and northern NSW beaches.

20150722 The Boardwalk, Happy Valley, Caloundra 41

20150722 The Boardwalk, Happy Valley, Caloundra 42

20150722 The Boardwalk, Happy Valley, Caloundra 43

And that was the end of our Glass House Mountain Escape.

Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.

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