Drink up the sunny skies, the rolling green hills and the crisp country air of Mount Mee, an easy day drive from the heart of Brisbane out to the D'Aguilar Range.
You can start with breakfast in Samford at Ya Ya Bar & Eatery or The Flying Nun Cafe . From there take Mount Mee Road Tourist Drive and about half way along you'll find Dalmongah Lookout, a delightful spot to break your journey.
Hop out of the car or off the bike like I did and you'll find an expansive view with plenty of information about the area in the small rotunda.
There's also a war memorial with a pine tree and the Mount Mee Roll of Honour. The tree is descended from the last standing pine tree on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the site of the Battle of Lone Pine. It's always sad to see how many fine young country lads gave up their lives in defence of our country.
Turn away from the view and you'll see a little caravan in the corner of the car park selling all sorts of local goodies, home made jams, chutneys, biscuits and pies and a welcome cup of coffee. It's a welcome touch of country with wooden plaques and soaps also for sale.
On the way to Mt Mee you'll pass Ocean View Estates Winery and Restaurant which is well worth a stop. The winery also has a restaurant with a large verandah that is very popular for a weekend breakfast or lunch. Stop at the cellar door and you'll probably leave with a couple of bottles under your arm.
Birches Restaurant is another popular place for breakfast and lunch and their roaring fire is a pleasant place on a cold winter's day. Try the Devonshire tea which comes with freshly made scones.
Dayboro Deli and Country Kitchen at Dayboro is another great breakfast and lunch spot in the area.
Best tip: Allow half a day or more and take your time to enjoy the area.
Bottom line: All of these cafes and restaurants are low to medium priced.
Disclaimer: Simply sharing food love folks.