Last weekend, we took the boys on a small bush walking adventure to the Glasshouse Mountains. There are 12 mountains that are actually the cooled plugs of ancient volcanoes. Erosion has taken away the outside of the volcano over millions of years, leaving the solid magma behind, which explains their distinctive shapes. (I cannot say the word 'magma' without - in my head- using Dr Evil's accent. Just me? Hands up)
Someone once told me that they are called The Glasshouse mountains because of the amazing fauna that grows there, it's just like being in a glass house. This isn't true! Captain Cook named them because the shapes reminded him of the glass furnaces of his native Yorkshire. There is some pretty awesome flora and fauna though, and there are several rare and endangered plants that are only found in this area.
You can read the Aboriginal legends about the Glasshouse Mountains here.
But I lost it somehow on the trip home.