About

Tour with a Local

Glasshouse Country Tours is a boutique tour company providing you with a personal introduction to the Glass House Mountains region in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland of South East Queensland.

Guests are provided with a lively commentary on the history of the mountains, the National Heritage Listing, Indigenous history, and settlers history.

Judy brings the past and present to life with tales passed on from local elders and introduces you to the other locals – farmers, artists and foodies.

The comfortable air-conditioned bus caters for maximum of 6 passengers, which makes it ideal for families and a group of friends. The added advantage of booking as a group is the ability to design the tour to meet your preferences if there is something special you would like to see/do.

The four-hour morning tours, catering to a range of interests are most popular, allowing guests time afterwards to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the region, and possibly a walk along one of the many tracks available in the National Parks.

The tours are designed to show off the beauty of the iconic Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Judy provides you with information to allow you to come back and explore again in your own time. 

Be prepared to travel the back roads that only a local can share.

Memorable days. Exceptional adventures

Judy Tomlinson posing for photo

Meet Judy

Judy is an extraordinary woman whose enthusiasm for what the Glass House Mountains has to offer, to both locals and visitors, led her to set up her boutique charter service Glasshouse Country Tours, which is the only business exclusively offering personalised tours of the area.

In her early career Judy was a training officer and TAFE program coordinator and ran courses encouraging young women to try trade and technical careers, which ultimately led her to becoming a semi-trailer driver, then a coach captain driving local and interstate tours, as well as working locally as a bus driver.

Judy also ran businesses including a caravan park near Coffs Harbour for 5 years and 20 years as a freight contractor, which has prepared her to create a business that blends her unique set of skills and talents.

Judy welcomes any producers, artisans, businesses, history buffs or anyone else to contact her if they would like to become a part of the Glasshouse Country experience she offers.

Stand before giant monoliths rising up from a tapestry of eucalypt forests, macadamia orchards, pineapple farms and pine plantations

Memorable days. Exceptional adventures

The Glass House Mountains

The amazing landscape of the Glass House Mountains area is part of Jinibara country and Gubbi Gubbi country.  

From volcanic beginnings over 25 million years ago time has exposed the uniquely shaped, igneous intrusions – the Glass House Mountains

Natural beauty  Wander through forests of stringybark, blackbutt, pink bloodwood and grey ironbark where you might spot resident koalas. Look for eastern grey kangaroos and whiptail wallabies grazing the understorey or snoozing away the hotter hours in the shade.

Judy will help you to identify the fascinating plants and wildlife of the Glass House Mountains.

Traditional Land  This area was a special meeting place for the Jinibara and Gubbi Gubbi peoples to trade goods and perform ceremonies.

Listen to the bush sounds and try to imagine them mixed with stories, music and laughter of Jinibara and Gubbi Gubbi peoples who for thousands of years gathered here for festivals.

These mountains continue to be a place of spiritual significance for Traditional Owners, with many ceremonial sites still present and protected today.