|Regional Area:||Amamoor, a little village in a small pocket of paradise in the heart of the Mary Valley|
|Distance from Brisbane City:||158 kms north of Brisbane City|
|Travel Time:||Approx 2 hour drive|
|Tags:||4WD, 2WD, Couples, Views, Bushwalking, horse riding, farm animals, experiences, great coffee|
|Attractions:||Kandanga Kitchen, Mary Valley Adventure Tours, Glamping at Stone House Farm.|
- 8:00 am – Depart Brisbane and head north up the Bruce Highway, you want to take the Yandina exit and follow your GPS directions to Buckby Road in Cooloolabin region. This will take you through the back country roads of the Mapleton Forest Reserve.
The first attraction to arrive to is at the Point Glorious Lookout, keep an eye out for the Lookout sign pointing you to turn right. You’ll need a 4WD due to the uneven rocky road to this lookout.
- 10:00 am – Around about now, you will arrive at Kandanga Kitchen – 93 Main Street, Kandanga. This café is truly a real gem to find, the food is fresh and locally grown and made with so much love – plus the coffee is to die for! Wow, and it’s so nice to sit and relax in their outdoor area while you take in the views of the lovely country fields that surround you.
Present your Aussie Trippers voucher to claim your Kandanga Kitchen dining experience
If you are running short of time, you can always stop in on the way back home. You’ll need to leave here no later than 11:30 am.
- 12:00 pm – This is your final activity for the afternoon, a scenic afternoon horse ride into the Amamoor State Forest led by the friendly staff at The Mary Valley Adventure Tours – 50 Amamoor Creek Road, Amamoor. It’s set at a slow pace suitable for all ages and beginners. They will saddle you up and get you prepared for the 3hr ride (terms and conditions attached, please read carefully as this could be a dangerous activity).
Present your Aussie Tripper voucher to your host at The Mary Valley Adventure Tours to claim your ride.
- Wake up whenever you want to, check out is 10:00 am
- 10:15 am – Head out for a scrumptious breakfast in a cool little rainforest backyard found secretly behind The Blue and White Teapot Café – 10 Bushby Street, Amamoor. This cute little cafe has a huge array of all types of teapots on display and a real country kitchen feel, if you head out the back door you’ll step into a lovely dense forest, with private little nooks with table settings.. it’s so cool!
Present your Aussie Tripper voucher to the host at The Blue & White Teapot Café to claim your dining experience.
- Have a wander around the shops, then head home.
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- $30 dining voucher for 2 at Kandanga Kitchen, Kandanga.
- 3-hour horse ride with Mary Valley Adventure Tours, Amamoor
- 1 Night stay in a luxury glamping tent (sleeps two)
- $30 dining voucher at The Blue & White Teapot Café.
What To Bring:
- Sunscreen and hat
- Good gripped thick soled covered shoes with a slight heal for horse riding
- Insect repellent
- Bring your portable stove – unless you wish to cook on the provided BBQ with is on the other side of owners house (100m walk)
- BYO Food & drinks
- Esky with ice (although there is a camp kitchen with big fridge/freezer, and there’s a toaster and microwave for your exclusive use, but about 50m away from tent).
- All Bedding and bath towels are provided.
I just love cruising the country roads of the Mary Valley, it’s relatively quiet on the weekends, so I love to get ol’ Johnny Farnham cranking on the car stereo, wind the window down, feel the wind in my hair while singin’ my lungs out to “You’re the voice’ – it always gets me goin’. Mind you, I do tend to swallow a few bugs in the process, so I always remember to floss at night.
I wanted this adventure to involve a-bit of four-wheel driving, as I’ve been hanging to at least get into high range, the roads you come across in this itinerary is generally just dirt roads, this is along Buckby Road in the Cooloolabin area through the Mapleton State Forest ( on the way to Point Glorious lookout). Pretty tame track to the lookout point, but I can imagine it would be easy for the wheels to slip after periods of rain or bad weather. It is recommended for 4WD’s only.
The Point Glorious Lookout platform blew us away when we got there (not literally), I thought it was going to be pretty small lookout because it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it was a big lookout platform overlooking the northern ranges of the Mary Valley. A nice stop to enjoy a picnic there too. We were the only car in the car park, but a family did pull up as we left, so we felt a little bit more at ease. Oh and there was a composting toilet there too – thank goodness, I so didn’t want to do a bush wee.
The one thing that I enjoyed the most about this trip, is checking out the country villages that we drove through. After careful research looking for the best coffee reviews, I came across Kandanga Kitchen. It’s relatively new, and adjoins a farming equipment and supply store (I did see some really nice cowboy /cowgirl boots in there!). The coffee at the cafe was made perfectly, rich and creamy and full of flavour and it has a lovely outdoor area to relax.. Highly recommend!
Once we topped ourselves up with some much-needed coffee, we drove approx 20 mins to find the Mary Valley Adventure Tour group. At their huge tin shed on the side of the road, we received a friendly welcome by the adventure hosts and was introduced to the lovely horses. After a short briefing and an introduction to the journey ahead and we were geared up ready for the adventure (please refer to the terms and conditions attached with your itinerary). The gentle ride takes you through the beautiful Amamoor forest and actually past the Stone House Farm where we were going to stay for the night – such a nice adventure to enjoy with the country folks, and the horses are so beautiful.
When we finally arrived to our stay for the night, we were greeted by friendly and welcoming hosts Kevin and Shoba. They have been running this airbnb at their Stone House Farm for only a few years now, and they love sharing their piece of paradise with Aussie Trippers! After we settled in, we took a 4WD track on their property up to the top of the hill where we enjoyed lovely views of the northern Mary Valley region. Everything is so green and pretty. They have a friendly horse and donkey that loves a scratch on the head, and the glamping tent we stayed in had lovely tasteful furnishings, a very comfortable bed and creature comforts such as Bluetooth stereo, fan and charging port for the phone. It’s pretty private and peaceful and it’s all positioned beside a running creek that lines the property. Very romantic.. If you love healthy food, Shoba runs culinary workshops using natural ingredients – one of the popular treats you can make is the probiotic macadamia icecream. Yum! These workshops must be booked and is an additional charge of $
After we awoke to the sound of the bird’s morning song, we packed up, thanked Shoba and Kevin for their wonderful hospitality and headed out for breakfast at the Blue and White Teapot Café in Amamoor, just a few minutes drive from the Stone House Farm. It certainly took us by surprise as there were so many interesting teapots on display, but the real attraction was when we went through their back door to the private rainforest and found little nooks to sit and quietly enjoy our breakfast. Wow, what a very cool place to hang out.
Highly recommend for an adventurous and romantic weekend with your beloved.
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