My wife and I had only recently moved back to Australia after spending a number of years overseas and it wasn’t long before we needed to get outdoors and spend some time ‘under the sky’.
As we are living in Brisbane we decided to head to a relatively close spot called the “Glasshouse Mountains.” The Glasshouse mountains is a range of mountains situated about 7km north (or about an hour’s drive) of Brisbane. The area is a popular spot for walkers and climbers as there are a number of walking tracks and lookouts which can be accessed most times of the year.
As we had been away we needed to equip ourselves for this trip and future ones. We wanted to be as self sufficient as possible so we bought a 3-person tent, a couple of sleeping bags, camping chairs, a gas cooker and a huge esky as we all know that camping without a cold one (or two) just wouldn’t be camping.
Now we decided to make this trip in July, which in Australia is pretty much the middle of winter. Queensland being a warm state, though, we weren’t really concerned about the temperatures.
We packed the car up and headed off late on Friday evening as by the time we had finished work and got everything organised the sun had well gone.
We chose the Glasshouse Mountains Camping Ground as our base for the next few days and were very happy we did. It was very reasonable at $10/person per night and had all the facilities we needed, including a big fire pit where we could sit around and chat. The campsite is also centrally located so you can access all the tracks and mountains within short driving distances.
When we arrived we found that there were only a few people staying in the camping area that weekend so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We chose a good spot and set up camp.
It wasn’t until we turned off all our torches and lanterns did we realise how special a place we were in. The sky was full of stars. I mean no more space, keep moving kind of full. I think we counted about six shooting stars within the first 20 minutes of us being there. We sat in our chairs with beers in hand and gazed at the sky for what seemed like forever.
Finally, we decided to turn in for the night, especially as the temperature had dropped and the wind had picked up somewhat since we had arrived.
It turned out we had chosen the coldest weekend on record for a long time, so thankfully we had brought some extra clothes.
We spent the next couple of days exploring the various walks around the area. These vary from basic walks to the more advanced. There is something suitable for everyone. Upon climbing Mt Ngungan (253m) we could see some absolutely spectacular views as well.
The Glasshouse Mountains is a great area to get away for the weekend, but you could spend a lot more time in the area exploring all the different walks, climbs and scenery.