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
13 km return
4 hrs

Somerset Trail - Mt Mee

A pleasant walk through open forest, pine forest and pockets of rainforest. A lookout over Somerset dam is halfway. Parts of the trail cross the main driving/biking/horse riding tracks so be careful.

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

Very Easy
1.7 km
1 hr

Bellbird Grove

A walk through open bushland to the creek beds. And then onto the Aboriginal gunyas too bad more walks do have examples of history as this does.

Very 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

Very Easy
5 km
90 mins

Araucaria Track

This walk begins off downhill, soon there are some views of the reservoir then the track begins to wind its way along the edge of the reservoir keep an eye out for different water birds.

I would advise taking you camera equipment as well as a pair of binoculars for some good bird watching. After approx 1.7km you come to a Y junction go straight ahead and some more views of the Enoggera weir come into sight. There seems to be alot of bellbirds and a few whipbirds around here.

From here the track winds into some bush some small reminent of rainforest. And from here it gets a bit "are we there, yet" but keep on going up and over the ridge and back down again and you rejoin back at the Y junction.

Now the return route can be a little problem if you leave it late to do this walk because on your return from the Y junction. You will meet alot of people along the way.

Some signs have been errected "brown snakes" in the area. So watch your step when walking around the exposed hot ridge areas.

Also this track can be combined with the Corymbia Circuit to add a bit of distance for you walk.

Very Easy
1.5 km
30 mins

Corymbia Circuit

A small walk in a cool area before going on to the Araucaria Track

Walks in Bush Camps

Easy

Blue Gum Flat bush camp

As the name suggests, magnificent blue gums tower over this bush camp, a short walk from the scenic shores of Lake Manchester.

Easy

Cabbage Tree Creek bush camp

This open grassy bush camp is named after the nearby Cabbage Tree Creek, a tributary of Lake Manchester. It provides an excellent starting point to explore the creeks and peaks of this section of the park.

Easy
3 km
1 hr

Dundas Road bush camp walk

Dundas Road bush camp.Remote bush camping in open eucalypt forest. Enjoy picturesque wet eucalypt forest on your walk to the campsite. This campsite is the most accessible remote campsite in the park and suits overnight campers with some walking experience and fitness.
This is a great place to base yourself to go exploring other areas.

Hard
21 km
2 days

England Creek bush camp walk

Remote bush camping in the remote middle section of the park, alongside picturesque England Creek. There are several waterholes along England Creek Road, 10 minutes south of the campsite. Look out for native daisies along the road edge flowering spring to summer. Pink rock orchids and tongue orchids can be seen growing on rock cuttings on Joyners Ridge Road in spring.