Legends from the Yowie Mountains
They are in fact called the Glass House Mountains and are a series of thirteen majestic volcanic peaks in southeastern Queensland. But the giant faces appearing on them and attributed to giant characters from the dream time closely resemble Yowies, with a conical head. Tibrogargan was the father and Beerwah was the mother of all the other Glass House Mountains. The legend talks about a flood, which the geologist date at 20,000 years ago. That’s when the giants turned to stone. There are various legends fro different tribes about them. Here is one version:
Glass House Mountains
(It’s just a couple hours from where I am, but since parks are closed, I googled photos.)
Face on Mt Beerwah
Face on Mt Tibrogargan
The Aboriginal Legend of Glass House Mountains
It is said that Tibrogargan, the father, and Beerwah, the mother, had many children. Coonowrin the eldest, Beerburrum, the Tunbubudla twins, the Coochin twins, Ngungun, Tibberoowuccum, Miketebumulgrai, and Saddleback. There was Round who was fat and small and Wildhorse who was always paddling in the sea.
One day, Tibrogargan was gazing out to sea and noticed a great rising of the waters. Hurrying off to gather his younger children, in order to flee to the safety of the mountains in the west, he called out to Coonowrin to help his mother Beerwah, who was again with child. Looking back to see how Coonowrin was assisting Beerwah, Tibrogargan was greatly angered to see him running off alone.
He pursued Coonowrin and, raising his club, struck the latter such a mighty blow that it dislodged Coonowrin’s neck, and he has never been able to straighten it since. When the floods had subsided and the family returned to the plains, the other children teased Coonowrin about his crooked neck. Feeling ashamed, Coonowrin went over 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 that flowed into the sea.
Then Coonowrin went to his brothers and sisters, but they also wept at the shame of their brother’s cowardice. The lamentations of Coonowrin’s parents and of his brothers and sisters at his disgrace explain the presence of the numerous small streams of the area. Tibrogargan then called to Coonowrin, asking him why he had deserted his mother. Coonowrin replied that as Beerwah was the biggest of them all she should be able to take care of herself. He did not know that she was again pregnant, which was the reason for her great size. Then Tibrogargan turned his back on his son and vowed that he would never look at him again.
Mt Beerwah from various angles
Panoramic views of the Glass House Mountains, with Tibrogargan, Beerwah and Coonowrin.