Brisbane experiences

Mount Nebo

Taking a day trip to Mount Nebo is definitely about the journey not just the destination. The small community of Mount Nebo includes a primary school, post office and café. But Mount Nebo’s attraction lies in the feeling of being in the forest, at a cool altitude (550 metres) and bordering the d’Aguilar National Park.

And the best thing? It’s only a quick drive from the hectic city so you can easily escape, anytime.

Travel options:
In Brisbane you can head west along Waterworks Road, through the suburb of The Gap and eventually you’ll see the houses fade away. Instead, you’ll be amongst gum trees and forest on the drive up the d’Aguilar range to Mount Nebo, leaving Brisbane city behind.
You can catch a bus (route 385) to the edge of Brisbane Forest Park but you’ll need a car to explore further.

Travel time:
Approximately 45 minutes to the township of Mount Nebo. But allow a few hours for stops along the way.

Brisbane Forest Park Headquarters
One early stop along the way is the Brisbane Forest Park headquarters. It’s from here you can take the first bushwalk of the day on the either a 1.5 km or 5 km track. The longer walk takes you past the Enoggera Reservoir. If refreshments are already needed, the Walkabout Creek Restaurant and Green Tree Frog Café at the Headquarters is a great place to sip coffee or have lunch amongst the treetops. And if you want to see wildlife, there is the Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre. For a modest entry fee, you’ll be able to see lungfish, platypus, birds, reptiles and more.

Bellbird Grove
Next stop up to Mount Nebo could be a picnic at Bellbird Grove. Facilities include electric barbecues, picnic tables and toilets and the choice of a couple more short walks suitable for families.

It surprises even Brisbane locals when they discover how large and diverse Brisbane Forest Park is. The 28000 hectares are home to 800 species of plants and many animals, including echidnas, wallabies and glider possums.

Walking trails and lookouts
Boombana has a short rainforest circuit track, the closest patch of rainforest to Brisbane.
It’s worth stopping, even if just for a few minutes, at Jolly’s Lookout. There are two walking tracks here (1.5 km and 8km return) but the drawcards are the views over Samford Valley and east to Moreton Bay.

A little further up the mountain you can stop at Manorina to take the 6km return track to the township of Mount Nebo.

Get more detailed information from the EPA website about all of the walking tracks and facilities in Brisbane Forest Park. Pets aren’t allowed in the park.

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