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Mount Glorious

Glorious by name, glorious by nature. Tenderly embraced by lush rainforest, the endearing mountain hamlet of Mount Glorious is just 45 minutes drive from Brisbane on the magnificent D'Aguilar Range.

Accessed by a winding mountain road, the tiny village is surrounded by mountainous National Park and protected forests. The drive up the mountain is peppered with breath-taking lookouts, picnic spots and points of natural interest. Be sure to stop a while and enjoy the view.

At 680 metres above sea level the village is sometimes shrouded in cloudy mist. The cool mountain air makes Mount Glorious a particularly glorious place to visit during the hot summer months.

In and around Mount Glorious you'll find a range of attractive accommodation options from weekend retreats and rainforest chalets, to bed-and-breakfasts and cosy cottages complete with fireplaces.

Mount Glorious also plays host to a magnificent world-class sculpture garden set amongst thick lush rainforest. Feel your work-day worries melt away as you marvel at these beautiful works of art crafted from marble, stone, bronze and onyx.

The stunning natural beauty of the mountain can be enjoyed with a bushwalk through adjoining Maiala National Park. Breathe in the crisp rainforest air, hike to the waterfall and be serenaded by hundreds of rainforest birds in song.

Country Valleys, Moreton Bay Area
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Somerset Trail

Country Valleys, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
At the D’Aguilar Range’s northern end, this huge expanse of rainforest and eucalypt forest in Mount Mee Forest Reserve contains clear creeks, and lookouts with lovely views. Beginning at the Gantry, this mind-calming walk contains beautiful open forests, scribbly gum forests, rainforest remnants, hoop pine plantations and picturesque creek scenery. About halfway along, enjoy the magnificent views to the west, overlooking Somerset and Wivenhoe Dams. On your return, enjoy a picnic at the Gantry picnic area where the remains of the old sawmill that operated here until 1981 can still be seen.

Mount Glorious

Country Valleys, Moreton Bay Area
Glorious by name, glorious by nature. Tenderly embraced by lush rainforest, the endearing mountain hamlet of Mount Glorious is just 45 minutes drive from Brisbane on the magnificent D'Aguilar Range. Accessed by a winding mountain road, the tiny village is surrounded by mountainous National Park and protected forests. The drive up the mountain is peppered with breath-taking lookouts, picnic spots and points of natural interest. Be sure to stop a while and enjoy the view. At 680 metres above sea level the village is sometimes shrouded in cloudy mist. The cool mountain air makes Mount Glorious a particularly glorious place to visit during the hot summer months. In and around Mount Glorious you'll find a range of attractive accommodation options from weekend retreats and rainforest chalets, to bed-and-breakfasts and cosy cottages complete with fireplaces. Mount Glorious also plays host to a magnificent world-class sculpture garden set amongst thick lush rainforest. Feel your work-day worries melt away as you marvel at these beautiful works of art crafted from marble, stone, bronze and onyx. The stunning natural beauty of the mountain can be enjoyed with a bushwalk through adjoining Maiala National Park. Breathe in the crisp rainforest air, hike to the waterfall and be serenaded by hundreds of rainforest birds in song.

Ocean View

Country Valleys, Moreton Bay Area
For a relaxing day in the country or a romantic weekend for two, it's hard to beat the beautiful mountain-top community of Ocean View. Known as the gateway to Mount Mee in the Pine Rivers Shire, Ocean View is only an hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane, but a world away in mindset. It's a quiet, secluded community boasting stunning valley views and charming scenery. The drive to Ocean View winds past small farms and picturesque countryside. When the mercury rises in Brisbane, Ocean View is guaranteed to be at least four degrees cooler. The elevated altitude and strong sea breezes create a micro-climate which is perfect for fine wine production. See the proof of this for yourself with a visit to one of the local wineries. Enjoy a meal at a fine a la carte restaurant and sample a local drop at the cellar door. Just down the road you will find the village of Dayboro where you can browse the art galleries and art and craft shops. Accommodation at Ocean View includes bed-and-breakfasts and cottage holiday rentals.

Mount Mee

Country Valleys, Moreton Bay Area
Overlooking the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains, Mount Mee is approximately 90 minutes drive north west of Brisbane and is part of the beautiful D'Aguilar Range. The delightfully bohemian village of Woodford is just 10 minutes drive to the north. From on top of Mount Mee, expansive and picturesque views of seaside Caloundra and pristine Moreton Bay can be savoured. The Mount Mee Forest Reserve contains huge expanses of rainforest and eucalypt forest and includes many picturesque bushwalks and four wheel drive tracks. Clear water creeks, lush rainforest canopies and stunning views make the Reserve a perfect place to unwind and get back to nature. Bushwalkers can explore beautiful, open forests, scribbly gum forests, rainforest remnants, hoop pine plantations and cascading rainforest creeks. For an extra challenge, hike the Somerset trail and be rewarded with glorious views of Somerset and Wivenhoe Lakes. History buffs can inspect the remains of an antique sawmill and take the Piccabeen Palm walk to learn about the area's forestry and logging history. The area has a number of good camping spots with toilets, barbecues and firewood provided. Camping and four wheel drive permits are required. With its rich volcanic soil and good rainfall, this area is also known for its coffee growing and wonderful variety of local cheeses. These gastronomic delights can be savoured at the local restaurants and eateries. Several charming bed-and-breakfasts offer accommodation on Mount Mee with further accommodation options to be found at nearby Dayboro and Woodford.

Dayboro

Country Valleys, Moreton Bay Area
Good old fashioned country values are dear to the heart of the residents of Dayboro. Filled with generous warm hearted locals, a day trip here is always a pleasure. The scenic drive to Dayboro makes it worth the visit alone. Located less than an hour from the Brisbane Central Business District, take the drive through Samford and enjoy the mountain views. In the township, make your first stop at Hay Cottage in the centre of town, which provides tourist information as well as selling arts and crafts. There are numerous tasty dining options in Dayboro, including historic pubs filled with the atmosphere of yesteryear. Activities available in Dayboro include horse riding and four-wheel drive adventures, and leisurely pursuits include vineyards, feeding the deer and lamas or visiting a number of highly original art galleries and craft shops. At the end of the day, you can even take a cool dip in a quiet hidden creek. Around Dayboro, there is excellent bushwalking in the Mt Mee State Forest, where there are good camping and Picnic Facilities.

Marburg

Marburg, Ipswich Area
The historic village of Marburg, west of Ipswich, takes visitors back in time to an era when the town was the bustling hub of the local area. The streets are lined with beautifully restored heritage buildings including the old German Baptist Church, Bielefeld's Store and the historic hotel built in 1879. In 2008, Marburg won the title of Friendliest Town in Queensland. Just outside of town you will find the restored two-storey plantation style mansion named Woodlands of Marburg. This grand old lady of the valley is heritage-listed and was built in 1890 as the home of a local sawmill owner, his wife and their 11 children. The mansion overlooks picturesque Marburg Valley and is surrounded by magnificent Jacaranda Trees and Bunya Pines Visitors to Marburg can enjoy exploring on foot. Look for the iconic Marburg Hotel (circa 1879); the Community Centre, formerly the town's bank; Rosewood Scrub Historical Museum with lots of early photos of the area; old Bielefeld's Store, now an antique centre; the old Police Station, courthouse and lock-up; and the Anglican cemetery, the resting place of many of the area's pioneers.. From Woodlands you can take a hot-air balloon ride over the Scenic Rim and the heritage city of Ipswich. The Great Dividing Range provides the backdrop for your breath-taking glide over the scenic countryside. There are several boutique wineries in the area that are well worth the look. You can take a tour, enjoy a delicious meal and sample a drop of award-winning wine at the cellar door. The pretty villages of Haigslea and Rosewood nearby are also of historical interest and great places to linger a while and explore. Marburg is just 45 minutes' drive from Brisbane and Toowoomba and 15 minutes from Ipswich.

Esk

Esk, Somerset Area
Arriving at Esk you can't help but notice the striking Glen Rock monolith that towers above the village to give it a truly special ambience. This beautiful mountain overlooks the streetscape of a quiet heritage town that they like to describe as "picturesk". The township began as a teamster's camp where the northern track from Ipswich crossed Sandy Creek and became a significant settlement during construction of the Brisbane Valley Railway. The town boasted several large hotels, sawmill, butter factory, saddler and assorted utility buildings that remain today. This legacy of heritage buildings now houses modern businesses, cafes, antique shops, curio shops and galleries to tempt visitors. A famous example of the heritage buildings is the ornate Lars Andersen House that lives on as Nash Gallery and Café. Amongst the collection of arts, crafts and gourmet provisions you will discover a number of heritage panels that bring local nostalgia alive. The town boasts a quiet energy in the arts that you can take pleasure in. For inspiration you might like to drop into the Glen Rock Gallery at the visitor information centre, The Australian Bowl Company studio, Julies At The Rectory or visit the Pillars of Strength in Pipeliner Park. You will also find art, crafts and local produce each Saturday at the markets in the park. Esk is central to the Somerset region and it is also an ideal stop over before travelling to the congestion of the coast or city. You will find the Esk Caravan Park in a quiet and peaceful parkland setting in the centre of town within easy walking distance to restaurants and shops. It boasts an excellent camp kitchen, heated swimming pool, mountain views and the occasional koala or red deer. Red deer were the symbol of the region until amalgamation of the shires in 2008 and can be spotted from time to time along with koalas and kangaroos. For a unique insight into our country lifestyle time your visit to coincide with the campdraft, the picnic races or the Esk Show for wood chopping, post splitting and other rural sports.

Morelia Track, Manorina

The Gap, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
On a clear day, the Morelia Track, Manorina offers spectacular views as far as the sparkling white sand hills of Moreton Island. Walk from the picnic area through tall open forest to the summit of Mount Nebo. Patches of rainforest along the way provide a cool contrast to the more open forest and pockets of cabbage tree palm rainforest. At the end of the walk there are large granite boulders on which to sit and ponder, and perhaps plan your next walk.

Somerset Dam

Kilcoy, Somerset Area
Free Entry
For lovers of water sports, Somerset Dam is the place to make a splash. Approximately one hour from Brisbane in Kilcoy Shire, and neatly cradled and protected by a ring of surrounding hills, conditions here are perfect for water skiing, wake-boarding, sailing and fishing. Somerset Dam has a serious role to play in Brisbane - it is one of the city's most important water catchments. On any given day, when there are boats aplenty just having fun, you will be hard pressed to find anyone taking anything seriously at all. There are excellent camping and boat ramp facilities available. It is a perfect base for touring the surrounding towns and countryside and ideal for short breaks or longer vacations alike.

Lake Wivenhoe

Fernvale, Somerset Area
Free Entry
Just an hour from downtown Brisbane, Lake Wivenhoe is a spectacular water reserve, north-west of Brisbane. A visit to this scenic natural area offers a peaceful and tranquil outing complete with panoramic views of the lake. Lake Wivenhoe provides a focus for quiet and relaxed land and water-based, family-style recreation. Only non-fuel powered boats are permitted and domestic animals are prohibited. A permit is required for camping, fishing and boating. Wivenhoe Dam was completed in 1985 and lake Wivenhoe is extremely good for fishing, boating, camping, picnics and swimming. SEQWater Education Centre (on the Esk side of Wivenhoe dam wall) has many facilities including toilets, bus/car parking, shelter sheds, barbecues, interpretive displays, information trail, lookout, conference centre and information sessions (bookings essential). The large range of camping and boat ramp facilities nearby make these dams a must-visit spot for families and groups and the scenery surrounding them provides a breathtaking backdrop to the wet and watery fun. There are several places to stay including Cormorant Bay, Hamon Cove, Spillway Common, Logan Inlet, Captain Logan's Camp and Lumley Hill Camping Area. The choice is yours!
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