There aren’t many glorious mountain roads right on a capital city’s doorsteps but Queensland’s Mt Glorious is a wonderful exception.
Just 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, the road starts its climb through Brisbane Forest Park as Mt Nebo Rd.
It winds up along a ridge that takes it 40-odd kilometres through Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious villages, changing its name to Mt Glorious Rd, through cooling subtropical forest, and steeply down the western side, where it again changes its title to Northbrook Parkway, emptying out to the wide expanse of picturesque Lake Wivenhoe.
Along the way there is every conceivable type of corner; on and off camber, opening and tightening lefts and rights, blind and open corners, switchbacks and sweepers, up and downhill hairpins, and corners with crests and dips.[…]