Cycle Queensland, Road Ride, Mount Nebo to Mount Glorious
This ride up to Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious is a great way to escape the city for a few hours and to enjoy the natural rain forest environment to the west of Brisbane. It is a challenging ride and should not be considered unless you are confident in your ability for such a test. While tough in places, the views, as you climb, back over your shoulder towards Samford Valley and Moreton Bay certainly compensate for the discomfort experienced. For the most part, the climb is a steady affair. There are few short steep sections so it really is a climb where you can find a rhythm and settle in to pedal your way to the top just as fast as you wish.
The start is at the western end of Waterworks Road. This road runs into Musgrave Road that starts just north of the city centre and is best accessed via either Hale Street or the Inner City Bypass.
Food and Drink
There are a couple of options as you pass through Mount Nebo village, both serving good coffee and snacks. Alternatively, at the very top of Mount Glorious, try Maiala Rainforest Teahouse – a regular with cyclists, motorcyclists and tourists alike.
Brisbane Vineyard along Mount Nebo Road is developing a reputation for its range of Dr Red products. Try their wines, punches and liqueurs; infused with local ingredients providing health benefits. There are free wine tastings on weekends and most public holidays.
On a weekend, from mid-morning onwards, the ascent can be over-run with motorcycles. It is one of the most popular motorcycle routes in Australia. For this reason, it is best to get out early and to enjoy the roads while there is minimal traffic with just the natural symphony of the birds in the surrounding D’Aguilar Forest.
Jollys Lookout after 17.4km is a great place to rest and admire the view. The park here is named after Brisbane’s first Lord Mayor, William Jolly, was built in 1930 and is the mountain’s oldest lookout.
Mount Nebo village, at 589m above sea level, is a pleasant collection of houses with a handful of services. The cafés here comes highly recommended and it is a popular destination for cyclists on most days of the week but especially on a weekend. Many riders will often stop here before turning around for home but the extra effort to continue to the top and Mount Glorious is worth it.
As the climb continues upwards, the weather can change quickly and it’s not uncommon to start the climb in beautiful sunshine but find yourself in low cloud near the top. Make sure you have adequate clothes with you just in case (especially for the descent).
Once you reach Maiala Rainforest Teahouse in Mount Glorious, you are at the turning point. If you haven’t already, enjoy a coffee and sweet treat. This is often the destination for many of the motorcyclists, so again it is best to set out early to beat the rush.
The descent towards Samford can be a little precarious, especially towards the top, and the warning signs highlighting its steepness are there for a reason. The road has recently been resurfaced so it is in very good condition. A number of tight corners double back on themselves and cyclists should take extra precautions until the road begins to level out into the Samford Valley. Traffic is generally very light along this section of the route.
The ride ends passing through Samford village, Camp Mountain and Ferny Grove before turning right on to Settlement Road, and into The Gap, back to the start. This road has a nasty little climb just at the end but once over the top, it is downhill all the way.
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