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Camp Mountain Lookout

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published February 24th 2018
Discover this lesser known great spot on Mt Nebo
Mt Nebo has a number of little lookout and picnic areas, while most people head to Jolly's Lookout, locals know the place to chill is Camp Mountain Lookout. This area includes covered and outdoor picnic tables, wood fired barbecues, views of Samford Valley and the city, as well as a couple of forest trail walks.

Enjoying the view from camp mountain
Enjoying the view from camp mountain


About Mt Nebo

Mt Nebo is a wonderful place on the doorstep of Brisbane. This area of natural beauty is a great destination to escape heat of the city. It is always a little bit cooler and calmer up on the mountains that down on the plain. There are a several barbecue areas, lookouts, designated walks as well as a number of well maintained forest trails to explore.

The picnic area at Camp Mountain includes tables, preparation areas, wood fire barbecues and plenty of shady trees
The picnic area at Camp Mountain includes tables, preparation areas, wood fire barbecues and plenty of shady trees


Camp Mountain Lookout and Picnic Area

Far less visited than Jollys Lookout, Camp Mountain Lookout has views of both Brisbane City and the Samford Valley. It lacks the expansive view of Jollys Lookout, but it is much less exposed to the wind.

Views of Samford Valley from Camp Mountain Lookout
Views of Samford Valley from Camp Mountain Lookout


The picnic area itself is has open grassy space with wood fired barbecues, food preparation tables and picnic tables. All this is sheltered by tall shady trees. There is also an older style covered picnic area. While not that nice, the shelter is welcome if it starts to rain.

Camp Mountain also has covered picnic areas
Camp Mountain also has covered picnic areas


The area is not that well visited. So there is always plenty of space, little traffic and a great deal of peace and quiet. While I like Jollys Lookout, I much prefer Camp Mountain Lookout as a spot for a barbecue or picnic with a group of friends.

Views of Brisbane City from Camp Mountain Lookout
Views of Brisbane City from Camp Mountain Lookout


There is more to this area than just picnics and barbecues. There are a couple of multi-use fire trails leading off from the picnic area. One leads down the mountain where it meets a road. Some people park at the base and hike up, or you can hike down and back up again in a 5 km circuit. I prefer to hike down and up in a anticlockwise direction, because it means walking down the gentler grade but walking up the steep slope back. Others prefer the other way.

There are a couple of fire trails leading off from the picnic area, including one to Bellbird Grove
There are a couple of fire trails leading off from the picnic area, including one to Bellbird Grove


Probably the best walk is to follow the fire trail towards Bellbird Grove. In this walk you are not heading down the mountain, so it is much less steep and strenuous. But it is about 10 kms return.

The area is popular for mountain biking as well
The area is popular for mountain biking as well


Overall

Mt Nebo is a fantastic escape. But most visitors don't really explore it enough. I would highly recommend visiting Camp Mountain Lookout for a picnic or barbecue, and exploring the forest trails for a bit of hiking.
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Why? Escape the city and find a lesser used barbecue area on Mt Nebo
When: Open 24 hours
Where: Camp Mountain Lookout, D'Aguilar National Park
Cost: Free
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