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Tibrogargan Place

Glass House Mountains with its distinctive peaks, eanging in height from 100 to 556 metres, have fascinated explorers, settlers and more recently, holiday vistors. Gradual weathering by wind and rain has produced these spectacular remains of volcanic activity more than 20 million years ago.

The Glass House Mountains were named by captain James Cook, who thought they resembled the glass foundries near his Yorkshire home, but more importantly they stand as a timeless reminder of Kabi Aborigines, for whom they had enormous dreamtime significance.

These mountains have a much older and more fascinating tradition in the Dreamtime – known locally as “ The Legend of the Glasshouse Mountains”; the story goes as follows:

“It seems that Tibrogargan, the father and Beerwah the mother, had many children – Coonowrin (the eldest), Beerburrum, the Tunbubudla twins, Coochin, Ngungun, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai and Elimbah.

One Day Tibrogargan was gazing out to sea when he noticed a great rising of the waters. Hurrying off to gather his younger children in order to flee to safety of the mountains, which lay to the west, he called out to Coonoowrin to help his mother, who was again with child. Looking back to see how Coonoowrin was assisting Beerwah, Tibrogargan was greatly angered to see him running off alone. He pursued Coonoowrin and, raising his club struck the Coonoowrin such a mighty blow that it dislocated Coonoowrin’s neck and he was never able to straighten it since.

When the floods subsided and the family returned to the plains, the other children teased Coonoowrin about his crooked neck. Feeling ashamed, Coonoowrin went to Tibrogargan and asked for his forgiveness, but filled with shame at his son’s cowardice, Tibrogargan could do nothing but weep copious tears, which trickling along the ground, formed a stream which flowed into the sea. Then Coonoowrin went to his brothers and sisters, but they also wept at the shame of their brother’s cowardice.

The lamentations of Coonoowrin’s parents and his brothers and sisters at his disgrace explain the presenc, to this day, of the numerous small streams of the area. Tibrogargan then called Coonoowrin, asking him why he had deserted Beerwah; at which Coonoowrin replied that as beerwah was the biggest of them all she should be able to take care of heself. He did not know that Beerwah was pregnant, which was the reason for her great size. Then Tibrogargan turned his back on coonoowrin and vowed that he would never look at him again.

Even today, tibrogargan gazes far out to sea and never looks around at Coonoowrin, who hangs his head and cries, his tears running off to the sea. His mother Beerwah is still heavy with child - it takes a long time to give birth to a mountain”.

mount tibrogargan
Mount Tibrogargan

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