The 9th of June turned out to be a duller day than those previous, with most of Brisbane covered in cloud. Although we had been out the night out previous, Stu, Jess and I were eager to make the most of the day and were up and about by 10:30am.
One thing about winter in Brisbane is that it really messes with your head. I am not used to being in a place where in winter the average temperature is still 20 degrees. It really makes you feel like it is summer. The problem is that daylight hours are still mega short, and by 4:30 sunset is upon you - a decidedly wintery feeling.
This is what really motivated myself, Stu and Jess to see things during the day, and so over breakfast we researched what to do with the day. I suggested that, seeing as we had the car, we go for a drive somewhere. After an hour of deliberating, Stu noticed a place on the map called "Mount Glorious". With a name like that, the destination was settled.
We went back to the room to pack up our things and let Scott and Lauren know what we were going to do. Scott really didn't want to miss another day, so he managed to bring himself round and come along with us too. We set off at about 11:30, and headed directly toward the Mountain.
After around an hour and halfs driving, we reached the summit. Unfortunately, the road up did not really provide the 'Glorious' that we were hoping for, in fact it didn't even provide one single decent lookout spot. When we reached the top and found the Mount Glorious town, we pulled in to get a coffee and let the car have a break and cool down.
During the coffee, Jess had the insight to ask the waitress if she could recommend a direction for us to take. She was really helpful and actually provided us with a map of all the great walks and lookouts in the area. Thankfully, about 3/4 of the lookouts listed were on the route I had planned to take home, and so with renewed hope we set out again.
The way back did indeed prove far more spectacular, with 4 main lookouts over Queensland. From the lookouts we saw as far north as Sippy Downs, and at one lookout we could see straight down into Brisbane CBD, creating a tantalising photographic oppertunity for Scott. At one point he said to me - 'I could actually stand in this spot for days trying to make this photograph perfect'.
After around a 3 hour drive we got back to the hostel. Lauren was emerging from her bed and pledged to make us a fantastic spag bol - upon which she duely delivered. We spent the remainder of the evening chilling out again and playing pool.