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Glasshouse Mountains

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INLAND from the southern end of the Sunshine Coast are the mysterious towers of rock rising hundreds of metres above the eucalypt forest. These unusual mountains are the plugs of ancient volcanoes. After the volcanoes fell extinct, the softer layers of the cone eroded away leaving the much harder cores which solidified slower due to the insulation of the cones. These harder cores are all that are left of the volcanoes once erupting in this area.

The two main volcanoes in this view are Mount Tibrogargan to the right, quite a difficult climb to its 364 metre high summit. To the left in the distance is Mount Ngungun, a much easier mountain to climb with a well graded staired track going up to its summit.

Taken in the late afternoon about half an hour before sunset, the golden hour light really brings out the eucalypt foliage unique to Australia.

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08 September 2013

 

Glasshouse Mountains

Australia

 

26°56'29"S
152"56'20''E
120m ASL

 

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