Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Decade of Guiding Visitors; Glass House Mountains Centre a Fountain of Knowledge and Advice

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Decade of Guiding Visitors; Glass House Mountains Centre a Fountain of Knowledge and Advice

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IT'S often the first port of call for visitors to the Sunshine Coast and hinterland -a guiding light for the past decade.

The Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre has stood as a gateway to the region for tourists and has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The nearby Glass House Mountains area sign for travellers that they have reached the region, and those looking to explore the ancient peaks and surrounding hinterland townships are in safe hands with the VIC's volunteers.

The VIC in Settler's Rotary Park marked the 10-year milestone on May 9, but it has been 17 years since an information centre first opened in the area. The original display was a yellow caravan set up in Matthew Flinders Park off Steve Irwin Way, and many of the volunteers have showcased the region's nearby hikes, accommodation options, attractions and eateries since that van opened in 2002.

Among those volunteers is Ivon Northage, who took up the role three months after the van opened. Since taking on the position, Mr Northage has dedicated himself to learning the history of the Glass House Mountains, penning the book The National Heritage Listed Glasshouse Mountains to share the local history, geology and indigenous knowledge.

Mr Northage said visitors to the region were not only interested in mountain hikes and visiting nearby attractions such as Australia Zoo, but also learning about the mountains' history and geology.

"Many come with preconceived ideas that the Glass House Mountains are old volcanoes, but they're not. They're magma intrusions," he said. "The geology is a really interesting subject."

Others are interested to learn how the Glass House Mountains got their name, with next year marking 250 years since Captain Cook named them as he sailed along Australia's coast in 1770. …

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