The Glass House Mountains region hold great significance to Aboriginal people of south-east Queensland. Close to traditional pathways, the individual peaks hold significant meaning and cultural importance to the Jinibara and Kabi Kabi peoples with the mountains continuing to hold special spiritual significance.
The Glass House Mountains were named by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770. Upon first sighting the unique form of the mountains as he sailed up the East Coast, Lieutenant James Cook was noted their remarkable singular form of elevation that resembled glass houses. The glass houses he was referring to were the conical shaped brick enclosures for glass making furnaces or kilns in his native Yorkshire. They were known throughout Europe as the “English Glasshouses”.
In August 2006, ten of the Glass House Mountains peaks were included in the national heritage list a spectacular examples of intrusive volcanic bodies and a distinctive and spectacular landform of Eastern Australia.