I grew up visiting the Maiala picnic ground on Mount Glorious frequently with my family. Jean and I would visit often together, he would birdwatch in the forest and I would lie on the grass and read books in the sun.
Moving out of the city has been something I have wanted to do for all my adult life, but being young I was not quite ready to move too far from my family, friends, and clients in Brisbane.
Something switched in my head last year on a visit to see friends in Sweden. I would wake up and sit on their deck, surrounded by forest and nature. And it suddenly all made sense and we decided that we would find some way to move to Mount Glorious when our rental lease was up the following January.
Upon announcing our desire to move to the mountain, a lot of people would say to me “but that is so far from the city” and “but you will have to drive so far to work”. And I would say, “exactly.”
Mount Glorious, if you haven’t been, is just 40 minutes from where we used to live in Gaythorne, and probably the closest rainforest to Brisbane city. We initially wanted to rent something, to “test” out the mountain life. But we accidentally fell in love with this little place and worked hard to make it happen over several months.
Finally we are here, and it is true paradise.