Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life? We’ve got a day trip planned for you to Mt Glorious. The upside? It’s only about a 40-minute drive from Brisbane city.
How long will this trip to Mt Glorious take? We would aim anywhere from 3 hours to 5 hours depending on how quick your pace is and how long you decide to spend time at each location.
1. START AT THE MAIALA CAR PARK
**You might be able to find a spot at the smaller car park located across the street which starts right at the trailhead.
2. WALK THE WESTERN WINDOW TRACK
This is only a 1.2km return track, and great for scenic views but since we’re going to take a half-day trip, we won’t be returning to the car straight after.
Enjoy the serene peacefulness of being surrounded by nature in the lush subtropical rainforest until you reach the Western Window Lookout for an incredibly scenic view of rolling hills.
From the overlook, you’ll notice an entrance from the road. Instead of walking back down the trail from which you came, walk alongside the road until you reach Elm Haus Café which is located on the other side of the road.
3. STOP OFF AT THE ELM HAUS CAFE
Enjoy a coffee and/or a light meal at this Euro lodge-inspired café before continuing on the rest of your walk!
**Take note that this café is only open on Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 9 am-4 pm
4. WALK THE GREENES FALLS CIRCUIT
From the café, make a left (continuing back towards the direction of your car), and make a left at the first road that you will see – Browns Rd. You will continue down this road until you see an entrance on the left for Greenes Falls Circuit.
You may get confused once you walk down the road about 400 m (0.2 miles) because it looks like you could go straight or turn right. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT.
Continue right and follow the road until you see the sign for Greenes Falls Circuit on the left.
Now you can enjoy your hike to the waterfall!!! Gawk in awe of the beauty of the rainforest like we did (but try not to trip and fall on the way there).
Yes, that is a giant tree that has been carved out so that the trail can be accessible.
Keep an eye out for wildlife that may be lurking by but keep note that they can be awfully shy.
Whenever you’re ready to head back, make a mental note that you won’t be walking back up Browns Rd to get to your car. Whenever you come back to the trail entrance from which you came you’ll notice that the track continues on the other side of the road. Continue the track on the other side and it will eventually lead you back to the Maiala Car Park!
Our Open Tip: Dress adequately if you know it has rained recently! You will probably encounter some leeches along the way.
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