Student who has just moved to Brisbane from abroad. Always looking for great local experiences, particularly food-related ones!
Published May 28th 2015
Most beautiful spot for a barbecue
Nestled in the heart of the D'Aguilar national park sits Mount Nebo, a popular spot for anyone looking for an active outdoor day trip. There are walkers, cyclists and the occasional motorbike, but the beauty of this place is that it often feels as if you have the whole place to yourself.
The spectacular view out to Moreton Bay from Jolly's Lookout
I recently ventured out with my family to Jolly's Lookout, a stop on the way to Mount Nebo on the outskirts of the park for a day walk. After only 45 minutes of driving from Brisbane,we arrived at the lookout. I would recommend stopping at Walkabout Creek visitor centre on the way- they have lots of maps and information about the park and the friendly volunteers can give some good advice.
Just down the road from the lookout is the start of an 8km (4km each way) walk. We went along the gently undulating trail of the Thylogale walking track, shaded by the rainforest canopy. With no sharp gradient changes and not being particularly long, this is a walk that most people should be able to easily manage.
Along the trail we could hear the distinctive call of the Bellbird, which is a familiar sound in this area. Unfortunately we didn't see any reptiles such as snakes or skinks on our walk but if you venture further into the park you may be lucky enough to!
After 4km, we reached a small picnic area with a table and some information. Here there was also the option to do an extra 1.5km loop of the Pitta circuit, which we took. This loop was a mixed boardwalk and trail through the forest, and had helpful child-friendly signs about the flora and fauna.
After returning for the walk we took time to admire the view from Jolly's Lookout- and what a view it was! Luckily we were there on a clear day and could see out to Moreton Bay, Brisbane, and even the Glasshouse Mountains in the distance. The lookout is named after William Jolly and is well maintained, with barbecues perfect for lunch with a view! Next time we make the trip out here we plan to bring supplies for a barbecue, none of which were in use when we visited. Despite the excellent facilities there are rarely more than a few groups at the lookout; the combination of the stunning surrounding views and peaceful environment mean this is definitely up there as one of the most amazing places to host a barbecue.
Jolly's lookout is only a tiny part of the D'Aguilar National Park; further in there are many more walking tracks and excellent lookout opportunities. At locations such as Boombana, near the Pitta track, there are cafes for a pleasant rest stop after a walk if you don't feel like taking your own food.