I'm a freelance writer in Brisbane who is passionate about the food and wine scene in the Granite Belt, Queensland. I am writing a book of the people and food of Stanthorpe and plan to launch the publication in 2014.
Published August 10th 2013
Rediscover what Mt Glorious has to offer
An extreme picnic at Greene's Falls, Maiala National Park
Maiala Teahouse and Restaurant, Mt Glorious and Greene's Falls Walk, Maiala National Park.
Want a weekend outing for two people that's fun, costs less than $20 and yet, doesn't feel cheap? Swap the urban jungle for the cool rainforest of Mt Glorious.
On Brisbane's doorstep is another world: ancient rainforest, often wrapped in cloud, with unique wildlife, and up to six degrees cooler than the city below. Mt Glorious, in Maiala National Park is the perfect place to take time out and chill out.
The walks are not strenuous and are designed to give visitors an insight into what the environment was like prior to logging and agricultural industries moving to the mountain. Hiking boots are a must in wet weather as the paths become slippery and muddy, and the odd leech may try to hitch a ride.
The Greene's Falls walk is an easy 2.2km circuit and ends with a waterfall cascading over the edge of an escarpment. Visitors walk through palm groves and past buttressed trees, some more than a metre wide.
You are almost guaranteed to see birdlife – yellow-tailed cockatoos, kookaburras, honeyeaters, bower birds and rosellas were all easily spotted on our recent visit.
To keep your budget under control, take a picnic lunch, soak up some sun under bunya pines and old growth rainforest trees at Maiala picnic ground.
Or, if the cupboard is bare, $20 will buy two coffees and two scones with jam and cream at the Maiala Teahouse and Restaurant. Warning: they are huge! Two scones with jam and cream is $5.50, and coffees are from $4. If your hunger goes beyond scones, grab a hamburger and chips, or steak sandwich with chips, for $12.50, and sit by the log fire on a cold, misty day.
If you are a fan of motorbikes, you'll enjoy the bike-watching as well. Many motorbike enthusiasts ride up the mountain on Sundays and take time out at the Teahouse, and there are plenty of photos of bikes on the walls.
Where:From Brisbane West and South – take Waterworks Road through to The Gap, and continue up the Mt Nebo Tourist Drive to D’Aguilar National Park. Keep going through Mt Nebo to Mt Glorious. From The Gap, it will take just under 30 minutes to reach Maiala