Living in the self-proclaimed ‘Sunshine State’ of Queensland makes it very tempting to spend every spare moment we have at the beach. With some of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the world sitting on your doorstep, why would you go anywhere else? Hard life, right?!
We have been happily living in our beach-bubble since our return to Brisbane from the UK. The weeks have been passing by in a blur and with less than 3 months left in Australia, it would be rude not to make the most of its famous beaches.
But, this weekend we decided to do something a little different. As we drove along the Sunshine Coast we decided to head west into the hinterland ignoring the familiar pull of the Pacific Ocean
We were bound for the Glass House Mountains, an imposing National Park an hour north of Brisbane. Here, standalone mountains interrupt the otherwise gentle landscape, rising from nowhere and reaching towards the brilliant blue skies above.
The eleven mountains all stand alone and are all impressive in their own right. We had seen the impressive mountain peaks on previous drives to the Sunny Coast and decided that this was the weekend to tackle one of them.
We settled on the well-trodden ascent of Mount Ngungun, the sixth tallest mountain in the park. Improving our fitness has been at the top of our to-do list in Brisbane. The country we are planning on settling in after Australia is well-known for its outdoor pursuits (hint, hint) so we want to be at the top of our game in order to make the most of them.
The hike led us through the forested mountain-side and then up above the tree line for some incredible views of the neighbouring mountains and even a glimpse of the ocean glittering in the distance.
Standing on the top of Mount Ngungun we pledged to alternate our beach bound weekends with trips inland. Saying that, we ended our day with a dip in the crystal clear sea off Bribie Island, who says you can’t have it all?!