Love a country drive on a long and winding road?
Then take the Mount Mee Tourist Drive from the town of Dayboro in the Brisbane Hinterland – and soon you’ll ascend to a landscape that is lush, green and degrees cooler than the valley below.
Given its twists and turns, the Mount Mee run is favoured by day-tripping motorists and motorcyclists – which is why it’s no surprise to find a café called Pit Stop along the way.
Pit Stop Café enjoys pole position on the mountain – with stunning views all the way back to Brisbane’s city skyline on a clear day. The café offers a welcome break from the road to admire owner John Alexander’s impressive collection of motoring memorabilia.
It’s also a great spot for a weekend brekky – featuring road-house size servings.
Travelling further up the mountain, you’ll arrive at Mount Mee’s eponymous village. It’s a quaint community comprised of a hall, tiny church, restaurant, school and handful of houses. Keep driving and you’ll soon come to the stunning outlook at Dahmongah Park. The views to the Glasshouse Mountains and Sunshine Coast are breath-taking.
On a grey day, Mount Mee’s rolling green pastures may remind you of the English countryside. If you’re an ex-pat – or someone who’s fond of Pommy fare – then definitely make plans to stay at Mount Mee Country Inn. The Inn has its own English-style pub on the property, for the enjoyment of in-house guests.
Jackie and Trevor Franklin are the affable inn-keepers – both hailing from England. Jackie is a proud Yorkshirewoman who’s a dab hand at cooking home-made traditional dishes – like Toad-in-the-Hole with Yorkshire pudding; Steak & Guinness Pie with mash and mushy peas; and Sticky Date Pudding.
Guests can pull up a stool at the bar for a beer; snuggle up with a wine beside the fire in the traditional ‘snug’; or have a cracker game of pool in the entertainment room.
Mount Mee Country Inn offers three beautifully appointed suites in the main house – each with ensuite. One has a grand four-poster bed. The Inn is a bed and breakfast – and guests get to enjoy their morning meal in Tiffany’s Tea Room, also in the pub.
Mount Mee Country Inn
239 Robinson Road, Mount Mee
Availability from 3rd December, 5498 2364
Pit Stop Café
2070 Mount Mee Road, Mount Mee
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 3425 3652