Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published February 10th 2013
Beautiful panoramic views
The Dahmongah Lookout Park, also known as the Mount Mee Lookout, is located on the ascent to Mount Mee, on the Mount Mee Road Tourist Drive. Mount Mee, part of the Moreton Bay Regional Council, is high up in the D'Aguilar Range and is a popular tourist destination.
The Dahmongah Lookout Park is designed as a small rest-spot facility for tourists and visitors of Mount Mee. It is about halfway along the tourist drive and gives great panoramic views of both the Moreton Bay and Glass House Mountain regions. Although the view is spectacular, it becomes even better as you further ascend Mount Mee.
To give a general description, the Dahmongah Lookout Park comprises of a small car park, lush grass, two rotundas, information poster-boards, maps, a war memorial, a picnic table and seating. Two of the eleven car parks are dedicated for use by the disabled.
The war memorial is in three parts; a memorial dedication, a growing pine tree and the Mount Mee Roll Of Honour. The pine tree was planted on Anzac Day in 2008 by local war veteran, Mount Mee resident Sapper Len Pedwell. The tree is a direct descendant of the last standing pine tree on the Gallipoli Peninsula that was destroyed by gunfire in the battle that later became known as the Battle of Lone Pine.
The Dahmongah Lookout Park is a great place to have a little family picnic or romantic lunch for two. Make use of the rotundas and seating or spread out a large blanket and dig in to your packed lunch. You can also pick up some fish and chips in neighbouring Woodford to bring up to the lookout with you if you'd prefer. With the crisp air, blue skies, lush green grass and the view it's a perfect setting for outside dining.
For an interesting bit of trivia, the name 'Dahmongah' comes from the Indigenous Australian word for 'flying squirrel' or 'glider'. Mount Mee was named for the Indigenous Australian words 'mie' meaning 'view' or 'mia-mia' meaning 'lookout'. (This information comes from various online sources and therefore has not been thoroughly checked or proven by myself. It is not my intention to offend or misrepresent Indigenous Australian history so if this information is not correct I apologise in advance).
So this weekend turn away from the big city smoke and head to the outskirts of the Moreton Bay Region where the towns are small, the houses are quaint and the views are spectacular. Make a peaceful day of it, finding your way along the tourist drives. Don't forget to visit the Dahmongah Lookout Park on Mount Mee Road. It's definitely worth it.