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Published July 31st 2021
An exciting walk with wind roaring through the trees
We met early at Jolly's Lookout on Mount Nebo on a recent Sunday morning before driving to Dundas Road, Mt Glorious to begin our day walk. Mt Glorious is 38 kilometres north west of Brisbane city in D'Aguilar National Park.
It was a very windy morning and some of the walkers were worried about limbs falling on their cars. I was more worried about tree limbs falling on me later in the day when we climbed up the tracks with strong winds buffering us as we struggled up the steep hills.
We drove in convoy to our start at Dundas Road, where we left the cars and began walking. We walked up past the Mt Nebo Road transfer station along old bush roads. The transfer station is 1.5km north west of Manorina.
We passed the Dundas Road remote bush camp after a few kilometres. There were a few tents there and it looked like a nice campsite close to the road. It would be good for people trying out their through walking gear, or for families with young children who couldn't walk too far. This campsite is the most accessible campsite in the National Park. You do need to book a campsite through the National Park website.
There was a long descent through a beautiful wet eucalypt forest along a wide fire trail where we could walk side by side. It was fairly slippery, so you do need boots with good grip and walking poles were very useful, especially later in the day when we had to go up very steep hills.
Some trees had already fallen down across the track by the wind so we were a bit concerned about the possibility of more falling branches. It was pretty adventurous climbing up with the strong winds roaring around us.
I was told this was part of Section 1 of the Oxfam walk. I really admire those people who do the whole 100-kilometre walk in one go to raise money for charity. I have sponsored other walkers to do it, but I don't think I could do it in one go. I have done about 4 sections, but as separate day walks.
We walked about 17 kilometres on our walk, which was enough for me for one day. It was a good training walk and there were some lovely sections with flowering wattle, staghorns and grass trees. There were no other people around and I really enjoyed the walk, although it was challenging on those hills in that roaring wind.