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Published April 21st 2015
Explore Walkabout Creek to Mt Glorious with kids
Armed with colouring books and plenty of snacks for my children, aged 5 and 7, I began our day trip to South D'Aguilar. We went in search of Australian wildlife and nature, and spectacular views. Walkabout Creek to Mount Glorious has lots of walking tracks to suit everyone. Some take just twenty minutes and others can take over two hours. But with my children in tow, I knew I should probably attempt to do those on another day.
At the Visitor Centre, which opened at 9.30am, I was able to get a map of the journey we were about to take. It showed me where to stop and what we'd find at each place. This came in really useful later on as I could decide exactly where I wanted to go by looking at what each place had to offer.
But before our drive, we checked out the Wildlife Centre. It was pretty cheap, just $6.80 for myself, and $3.30 for the children. This isn't a large place, and we had seen all of the animals within an hour, but you got an up close view of them and that made for a great experience. The large carpet python was awake, so too was the platypus that was having lots of fun swimming, and the spotted-tail quoll was extremely playful, although he was yawning a lot. The children loved it.
After coffee we went for a walk down to Enoggera Reservoir where people were kayaking. Here there is a lawn area that would be great for a picnic if you went later in the day.
We got into the car and made our way to our second stop, Bellbird Grove, following Mount Nebo Road. When you start driving on this road be prepared. There are sharp bends with drops that scared me, I don't like heights, and some parts are very steep. If a car behind you drives too close, there are places to pull over to let them pass. Although it was the Easter school holidays the roads were very quiet.
Bellbird Grove had no lookout but was a nice place to have a picnic. I was after more of the scenic views so from there on I decided to just stop at the lookouts.
After an incident with a giant bug flying onto my son through his open back window, I told myself to bravely get back on the road and keep going. We headed now to McAfees Lookout. When we arrived I was happy to see a wonderful view looking over Moreton Bay.
Jollys Lookout was next on the list and we were not disappointed. It was stunning. As we got higher and higher the views got better. These were all great places to have a small picnic. Each stop was very quiet and there were hardly any people.
I feel the need to say here that car phone chargers are extremely useful for this trip, or at least make sure that are plugged in properly. I had 35% battery left on my phone after using the Sat Nav and taking hundreds of photos. Luckily I was able to sort this problem out and we carried on.
I decided to not go to Boombana and Manorina as there was no lookout at these stops. Instead we carried on to Westridge Outlook and it was spectacular. The view is amazing. It is perched on a high rocky outcrop and you can see Lake Wivenhoe and the Great Dividing Range in the distance.
I then decided to drive on to Mount Glorious as I'd heard there was a coffee shop here. We did find this but unfortunately it was closed. By now the children had been very patient getting in and out of the car so many times, and after trying to be brave and appear like a calm Mummy who wasn't scared of heights or driving in the mountains I had a decision to make—drive back to Walkabout Creek, which would take about an hour or drive to Samford Valley, a short twenty minute drive straight down. Of course, I chose Samford Valley and even though it was a steep drive down to the valley, I knew it was better than going back the way we came.
Samford Valley was a lovely place. There's a great big park with a playground for the kids and lots of places to eat. We had our picnic lunch on the grass and then the children stretched their legs at the playground. Afterwards I went to get the children an ice cream and myself a strong coffee before we headed back.
Overall, we had a fantastic day and I got to spend quality time with my children in the great Australian outdoors. We made lots of great memories on this day trip and I felt a great sense of satisfaction having faced my fear of heights head on.
I find it surprising that you could not get a coffee. Mt Glorious has three cafes and a restaurant with a beautiful view (where you can get just coffee if you wish). The Mt Glorious Café opens seven days a week. Cloverlea Cottage restaurant opens six days a week, and the other two cafés open on weekends. Mt Nebo has two cafés, one of which is open daily.