Mt Nebo is a tiny village surrounded by bush and rainforest, only half an hour from the edge of suburbia. To reach this mountain hideaway, follow Scenic Route Number 8 along Mt Nebo Rd beginning at Walkabout Creek Visitor Center, The Gap. This is a great place to talk to the rangers, gather maps and any information you need about the local flora and fauna. From Walkabout Creek, the road begins winding up through Eucalypt forests and you enter the Southern Section of D'Aguilar National Park (formerly Brisbane Forest Park).
D'Aguilar National Park stretches from The Gap, only 12 kms from Brisbane city, across to Lake Wivenhoe in the west and Mt Mee to the north. It is home to 800 plant species, owing to the cooler climate and some rare animal species, including the endangered Giant Barred Frog and Yellow Bellied Glider.
About 15 minutes drive from Walkabout Creek, Camp Mountain is a good pit stop and home to Brisbane's newest lookout. Battersby Lookout provides a neat view across Brisbane City, with views to Moreton Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains on the other side. A mini tent city was established on the site of Camp Mountain during the Enoggera Goldrush.
The drive meanders straight past the home of Dr Red's famous Ginger Punch. Brisbane Vineyard grow around 1500 grape vines, coffee trees and olive trees and have come up with a series of superfood drinks to keep us healthy.
They have an extensive tasting table and of course cellar door bargains. Be sure to try the Blueberry Punch or Spearole Tea, which The University of Queensland has proven is packed full of vital antioxidants.
Boombana means "trees in bloom" and in summer the native Lacebark Trees drop a carpet of pink flowers across the paths here. The track begins at Boombana Picnic Area, which has undercover tables, wood BBQs and toilet facilities. The Pitta Circuit track (1km) passes 400 year old trees, crosses magical moss covered bridges and the well signposted track is a great way to learn how strangler figs take over host trees. A branch of the track (600m) leads to a fantastic mountain cafe (see below), or you can finish the circuit and drive there instead. Another branch of the track leads in the opposite direction to Jolly's Lookout - Ergenia Track (8kms), which is a fun way to return, as long as someone meets you at the other end.
After the wonder of the rainforest, you deserve some hearty home made refreshments and Cafe Boombana is perfectly located at the end of the Boombana Track. They claim to have the "best milkshakes in the world", and I tend to agree. Perhaps it's the organic milk they use? I highly recommend their burgers and cakes too.
The cafe is full of interesting collectors items from old cameras to hand flour mills. They have tables out in the garden with the birds, comfy nooks to read the paper or seating on the verandah overlooking a quiet valley.
Each weekend, this gallery which is conveniently located downstairs from the Boombana Cafe, opens its doors to the general public. All artists are exclusively residents of the Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious region. A visit to Boombana Gallery is a real treat with many different styles such as paintings, photography, silver jewelry, glasswork, woodwork and up-cycled clothing on display.
I can asure you that you have not experienced nothing of Mt Nebo until you have eaten one of those Jones Store works burgers. The proprietor of this store has been running this place for 50years. Hand feed wild birds.