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Just Me and You At Oceanview

Regional Area: Oceanview is a small rural area of the Moreton Bay Region
Distance from Brisbane City: 75kms
Travel Time: 1 hour and 5 mins
Tags: Lookouts, outdoor spa, winery, good coffee, 4WD, food experience
Attractions: Mills Creek Cafe, Driving through D’Aguilar National Park, Cottage at Cabins@theview with spa on deck, Wine & Bine Experience at Oceanview Estate Winery

Itinerary:

Day 1

  • 9am – Arrive at Mills Creek Café in Dayboro and grab breakfast and a delicious coffee 12 Williams Street, Dayboro 
  • 10am – Start your journey towards the corner of Laceys creek Road and Range Road,
    here you will find the southern entry into D’Aguilar National Park. This drive is strongly recommended for 4WD’s, or high clearance SUV’s.
  • 11:30am – You’ll arrive at Somerset Lookout along the Western Escarpment Road – there is no established picnic grounds here, but you could lay a picnic rug down on the cliff top (not much shade here unfortunately so bring a hat). If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, find your way to the ‘Gantry’ 391 Sellin Road, Mount Mee., here there is a large grassy picnic ground with toilets – it does get quite busy here on weekends though)
  • 2pm – Check in to Cabins@TheView (just 20 min drive from Mount Mee picnic area), 89 Freds Road, Oceanview
  • 2:15pm – Let the champagne in the heated spa begin!
  • Dinner: You have an option of eating in and using your fully equipped kitchen or try the local dining options at the nearby restaurants – information is on the coffee table.

Day 2

  • Wake up whenever you want to, check out is 10am
  • 10am – Enjoy breakfast or brunch at the Oceanview Estate Winery overlooking the vineyards. 2557 Mount Mee Road, Ocean View (opens 8:30am on Sunday’s)
  • Head home

Package for the weekend: $489 for 2 people

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Includes

  • Breakfast for 2 with coffee at Mills Creek Cafe in Dayboro
  • 1 night stay in a beautiful cottage with outdoor heated spa at Cabins At The View, Oceanview
  • Wine & Bine Experience for 2 at Oceanview Estate Winery & Brewery

With only a short drive north west of Brisbane city, you will get a chance to experience a lovely trip through the D’Aguilar National Park’s native flora and fauna. The entry to this region is from the quaint little village of Dayboro, enjoy a delicious coffee and breakfast here at The Mills Creek Café (I’m a big coffee snob and the campos coffee here was actually really good!) then put in the GPS Lacey’s Creek Road and follow it all the way to the end (you will see a ‘No Through Road Sign’ but keep going through it, it will take you to Range Road into the D’Aguilar National Park which was formerly known as Brisbane Forest Park.

Along this drive, you will see glimpses of the rolling green hills and mountain peaks afar as you ride along the ridge (Range Road) all the way to D’Aguilar’s northern section called Mount Mee. We came across Kluvers Lookout overlooking the west valleys (there’s a few tall trees here, so there’s only a gap between some to peek out of to take photos). Continue along this dirt road north and you will find some tracks branching off to who knows where, if you stick to this guide you won’t be lost.

We were itching to get into low range, and wanted to challenge our beloved FJ Cruiser on the fairly steep rough track called ‘A Break’. I had been here years ago and it seemed rougher then, this time – it was easy, maybe over the years the track has worn in better (?). I do warn that a standard SUV with highway tyres will probably slip and rev its guts out if it was attempted on this track, so for your sake – don’t do it in an SUV. There are other roads that bypass this track, so if you’re not that confident, then there are options to chicken out.

Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine to share and marvel at the views at the Lake Somerset Lookout as you reach Mount Mee. Now it can be tricky finding these little lookouts, as we relied on Google Maps and phone reception to get us here, but it was all good there was phone reception most of the time in this area. Be sure to closely inspect the map link on this page for the route we took and you won’t get into any trouble.

After all the driving, lookouts and picnic lunch we continued around our loop to our 1 night stay at Cabins@TheView. Wow! This place was fricken awesome, the most impressive part was the outdoor heated spa on the balcony overlooking the valley into Brisbane City. If you’ve got binoculars, definitely bring them – it was so cool we could see the skyscrapers from here.

The property is set upon a lovely hillside, with the other cabins positioned far enough away you could almost fart and no one would hear it. There is no one to peer on you if you decide to sit on the balcony and enjoy a glass of wine in your underpants either. Winning! If you feel like stretching the legs, there is a lovely duck pond with friendly ducks to feed just a 10min walk from your cabin (bread is provided inside a feed box with supplied chairs beside the pond – how thoughtful). Or if walking bores you, there is a few DVD’s, a large TV and fireplace you can cosy up too with your beloved. After our wonderful time at Cabins@TheView, the following morning on our way back to Brisbane we decided to have breakfast at the Oceanview Estate Winery – I do wish we had tried a wine tasting here, but 8am was a bit too early (surely it’s wine-‘clock somewhere in the world at that time?). We ordered our favourite ‘Eggs Benedict’ and a coffee while we sat on their deck overlooking the vineyards and gardens.. what a lovely spot. I did enjoy that it was quite peaceful and not many people around at that time. The ladies behind the counter were very welcoming and greeted us with a big smile.. Will definitely go back for a wine and bine experience as I have been told their wines here are amazing!.

Michelle Pink

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