Brisbane Forest park D'Aguilar National Park

Summary

Declared a national park in 1977 approx size 28 500 hectares second largest park in south east queensland. Originally settled by timber cutters approx 1870. Gold was discovered in mid 1800's there are many mines scattered throughout Cedar creek areas. The area is made up of D'Aguilar National Park, Jollys Lookout National Park, Maiala National Park, Boombana and Manorina National Parks. On Brisbanes door steep.

Popular Walks

History

The area has a history of Timber cutting, gold mining, farming, housing and eventually National Parks.

Features

So many diverse areas ranging from rainforest to open eucalypt forest. 

WARNING{ As at 13'1/11 there are many washouts of the fire trails. Lawnton Rd.and Eng;and Creek Road are cut in at least two places before the camp grounds!!

Access

Go along to 60 Waterworks Road. The Brisbane Forest Park information Centre is there. Also a Brisbane City Council bus goes right to the door of the Information Centre.

Maps

Maps are available from Brisbane Forest Park. D'Aguilar Range.

Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast on MT. Glorious, plus so close to Brisbane

Camping

Check with Brisbane Forest Park for further details

Contact details

Brisbane Forest Park 1300 130 372

Brisbane City Council 07 3403 8888

 

Medium
17 km return
5 hrs

Bull Falls and Mill Rainforest Walk Circuit

Starting from Gantry Day Use Area, the walk follows Neurum Creek Road to the Falls Lookout. Walk to the car park (200m) and out on the track (1.1 km return) to the escarpment lookout and the lookout over the falls. Return to Neurum Creek Road and continue to the left then turn right to Mill Rainforest Walk. Follow the road to the car park and then follow the Mil Rainforest Circuit (1 km), including the boardwalk around the base of a large fig tree.
Return to Neurum Creek Road and continue on over Neurum Creek and then ascend to a hairpin bend sign. Turn left onto a trail used by grail bikes and ascend steeply to Lovedays Road. Turn left and after about 100m turn left onto the Somerset Trail. Follow the Somerset Trail back to the Gantry Day Use Area.

Easy
5.2 km return
90 mins

Camp Mountain Lookout

Beautiful walk through eucalypt forest along a well maintained fire trail. We parked at the junction of Suttons Road & Suttons Court, Camp Mountain, parked the car at the horse step through and headed up the hill. It's an easy walk up to the lookout where you will find spectacular views of Brisbane City and Moreton Bay. Wander a little further and you can see the beautiful Samford Valley and Glass House Mountains in the distance. You can also drive into the lookout from Mt Nebo Road.

If you are feeling energetic and want to add an extra hour to your walk, head down the hill towards Bellbird Grove - the trail splits just after the water tank, instead of going left to do the circuit, go straight ahead. Follow the trail and you will come into the back of Bellbird Grove - have a toilet stop, a little rest and then turn around and head back the same way to join back onto the circuit.

Hard
18 km
7 hrs

Cedar Creek to White Cedar Picnic Ground

A Walk over the D'Aguilar Range via Maiala Picnic Ground.

Easy
900 m return
35 mins

Cedra Circuit

A circuit made up of forestry & fire trails can be joined behind the Ironbark Gully picnic area or near the toilets, or at the city end of the car park, or at the Lomandra car park. It climbs from Ironbark Gully up to the ridgeline, with side trails down to Lomandra and back to the carpark. Drinking water is available at the picnic ground.

Medium
10 km return
2.5 hrs

Enoggera Reservoir

This is a great walk through mostly canopied forest that skirts around Enoggera Reservior. There are some quite steep hills which will be a challenge if you are not very fit, but most of the walk is easy. Glimpses of the reservoir, lots of beautiful trees, the odd encounter with wildlife make for a very enjoyable couple of hours.

It is best to call into the Information Centre at Walk About Creek before starting this walk as they have detailed instructions on navigating the bit of suburb walking required to complete the circuit. It's also useful to have the topographical map as the hike isn't on marked trails - it would be difficult to get lost - but it's possible!


Hard
14 km return
4 hrs

Holmans break

This is a beautiful walk around a large section of the bushland in which Enoggera Reservoir sits. You will walk through lots of varied vegetation, keep an eye out for goannas, lots of different birds and turtles sunning themselves on a log in the dam. A great way to spend 4 hours! I do recommend that you have a map - you can purchase the topographical map from Walkabout Creek.

Start out from the bottom carpark at Walkabout Creek, take the small track to the far right that follows Mt Nebo road. There is a very steep hill right in front of you! Follow this track for about 2 km, (turn around every now & again and you will catch glimpses of The Brisbane City skyline), The track will split - stay on the track that is to the right, still following Mt Nebo road, which is also on your right (you can't really see the road) for about another 1km. You will come to a bit of a clearing under the power lines - turn around and enjoy the view out over The Gap!

There are great views of Mt Cootha on your left and the mountain range in the distance (that I don't know the name of!). There is quite a steep descent down to a beautiful creek - take some time to enjoy a rest here as there is a VERY steep ascent ahead of you! It's probably about a 600 metre climb, which will bring you out under another power tower. Look over to the next tower - that is where you are heading! Continue along the trail for about another 1 km and you will come to a T junction, stay left for another couple hundred metres to another junction - go left again onto Fire Break 69. Don't forget to look over to your left when you reach the power tower and see how far you have come! Continue down Fire Break 69 until you reach another junction - this is McDonalds Loop. We went to the left and followed it down to the end where it hooks up to the Enoggera Reservoir loop - again we went left and followed the trail back along the reservoir to Walkabout Creek.

Medium
17 km
6 hrs

Lake Manchester loop

Starting and ending at the day use area, this is a clockwise loop in the hills around Lake Manchester through a conservation park adjacent to the D’Aguilar Range National Park (Brisbane Forest Park section).

Very Hard
15.4 km one-way
4 hrs

Mt Glorious to Dundas Road

This is a fantastic walk which is actually the first leg of the annual Oxfam Walk. You do need two cars for this walk - park one car at Mt Nebo Road transfer station, Dundas Road and another at Miala picnic Grounds, Mt Glorious. We started from Miala and enjoyed spectacular views out towards Lockyear Valley before we gently wound our way down to the bottom of the valley. Make sure you enjoy a rest at the creek because ahead of you is a VERY steep walk out of the valley. This is the steepest hill I have ever walked and the trail was very slippery - it was actually easier to walk beside the trail, then we could use the trees to hold onto! The hill goes on FOREVER, but when you eventually reach the top you will have a real sense of achievement - and more sensational views!

More detailed information about this walk can b e found here: https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/BNE_map1.pdf

Hard
18 km
10 hrs

Mt Mee horse trail - Dianas bath

Follow the Mt Mee horse trail through a variety of forests to a stunning natural waterhole known as Dianas Bath.
This walk traverses two peaks, with a total rise and descent of 600m each way (so 1.2kms overall!!). The trail is loose weathered gravel and stones, is often very rutted and is quite slippery going up and much more slippery going down! The hills are between 15-29% gradients and quite long so you need to be very fit.
Much of the trail is overgrown with grasses and lantana, as well as the occasional fallen tree but the waterhole at the end is worth the walk, and definitely worth a swim!
Just after the first descent you cross Byron creek, which flows all year round and the rocks can be quite slippery. The water in this creek is a stunning shade of blue and crystal clear!

Start and end at the carpark just off Mt Brisbane rd - no messing around here - the walk immediately starts up to the peak of the first hill.

This walk should take between 7-10 hours with breaks dependent on your level of fitness and the state of the track.

Medium
6 km
3 hrs

Northbrook Gorges

A walk along Northbrook Creek and a swim through the gorges.