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

 

Easy
900 m return
45 mins

Lophostemon Walk

A short circular stroll following and crossing Neurum Creek.

Medium
13 km return
4 hrs

Maxine K Stringer

The track was well marked. Enjoyed hearing the lovely sounds of the Eastern Whip Bird and Kookaburra. We were also fortunate to come across a large Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo drinking from a puddle on the track. As we are from New Zealand we found the bush land completely different. It took us 3 and 3/4 hours including half hour stop for lunch at the look out. We were the only ones on the track.

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

Northbrook Gorge walking and swimming

Easy
1 km return
30 mins

Pitta Circuit

Lovely walk through a Eucalyptus forest before entering a lovely cool rainforest. The track winds around onto a boardwalk which totally surrounds a strangler fig where the host has totally rotted away. A number of educational signs give some great information for the younger members of the family.

Easy
600 m return
30 mins

Rocky Hole

A short walk down to the crystal clear cooling waters of Rocky Hole for a very welcome swim on a hot day.

Easy
13 km return
3.5 hrs

Somerset Trail

A pleasant circular walk through open and pine forest as well as pockets of rainforest. At around the halfway point, there are a series of lookouts over Somerset Dam to the north and Lake Wivenhoe to the south, with a backdrop of the far mountain ranges.

This area was heavily logged, hence the saw mill at The Gantry and evident by the 'plank' groves on some of the old tree stumps.

Medium
12.5 km return
5 hrs

Upper Byron Creek

A lovely walk along the crest of the D'Aguilar Range with a creek to walk along.

Walks in Bellbird Grove

Easy
1.8 km
1 hr

Golden Boulder Track

Cross the road and continue to the track shelter showing some history of the area then onto a plaque and continue along the track to a caged mine shaft. A worthwhile walk