Piper Comanche Wreck

D'Aguilar National Park
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A walk to the remnants of an aeroplane wreck.

Bird Watching
Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Start at the Lepidozamia Track, 5.5km north of the Maiala picnic ground. 


D'Aguilar National Park, South D'Aguilar section

Route/Trail notes

Just after the Lepidozamia track gate take the smaller trail to the east.  Follow this old logging trail for approx. 3km until you see a small cairn of stones.  Follow the faint trail northeast down a rocky and steep hillside for approx. 500 meters.  The wreck is on the northern side of a small stream.  

Take care when returning to the top of the ridge after visiting the plane  wreck.  Many walkers come unstuck here missing the turn right back along the main ridge route towards the carpark.  This section of the forest has lots of tree roots and rocks on the ground, so the route is not well defined in this location.  This combined with decoys of pink tape often lead walkers to the South (veering left at the ridge top) towards Love Creek.  Careful navigation is required on this section of the route to avoid becoming lost and spending the night out in the forest.  Multiple search and rescues happen in this area on a regular basis.



Other References

This walk was listed in the Bushpeople's Guide to Bushwalking in South-East Queensland.


Piper Comanche Wreck

Before cairn:
-there are 8 marked piper comanche signs before the cairn where you turn to go to plan-at 2nd sign theres a fork kind of, take right path
- approx 2500-3000 paces
- The cairn is at the 8th marked sign

At cairn:- head in direction of arrow pretty much due east

After cairn:
- 5 marked piper comanche signs
- 800-900 paces ~700 metres probably
-once you start going down hill the wreck is pretty much at the bottom

The track can be hard to see at times but is mostly obvious if you be careful.

Nick G on 22 Jul, 2021

Went with a group. Paced myself on way back up, also hiked to summit.

Tiffany on 26 May, 2021

If you lost a knife on this track, get in touch please!

This track was good, very narrow and overgrown at times with it appearing like there are many "forks" in the track (really, they're other trails or just plain false starts). A GPS or compass / map is essential.

The cairns at the point where you turn left is only shin height - don't miss it. Pink tape is pretty sparse before the cairns, but ok afterwards. A large tree has blocked the path so unless you can climb it (~1m), you'll need to go around it and find the track.

Few leeches around. It had rained ~5 days beforehand, but the track is so shaded I'd expect it to stay wet for a long while after rain.

Curtis West on 8 May, 2021

Great walk, only about 1hr 15min each way. We spent a 1/2 hour at the plane and the total trip was 3 hours. Saw one snake, heaps of leeches however, keep checking your boots. The only really difficult part of the hike is the last 500m or so downhill to the plane which can be rocky and slippery. Then of course, climbing back up. There are a few fallen trees you need to negotiate, otherwise nothing too difficult. The sun is mostly blocked out by the trees for the entire trip and the rainforest makes it quite a few degrees cooler.

Jeff Ells on 26 Jan, 2021

Surprisingly this track is really well marked with heaps of pink ribbon and piles of rocks. I remember doing it years and years ago and it was a bush bash most of the way. Not much left of the plane, looks like just the tail section and someone pinched the ATSB report that used to be attached to the wreckage. Also went to Mt D'aguilar which is only probably a 10 minute diversion. Not much to see there but was nice to tick it off. Saw wallabies, a goanna, a massive skink and many many MANY leeches.

Vonsnrub on 18 Jan, 2021

We got there around 7am and the mountain was still covered in clouds which made for a great misty walk through the forest. The decent down to the wreck was very muddy and slippery as a result. Beware the leeches when it's wet.

Chewie on 3 Jan, 2021

I completed the walk after it had rained and the path was very slippery but still manageable. The track to the plane wreck is currently marked well with pink tape. Using a GPS made life a lot easier but isn't necessary. There were LOTS of leeches.

Peter on 30 Dec, 2020

Reached the downhill to the wreck but saw a brown snake just before it and had stepped over a python a few hundred metres earlier so turned back due to snake activity.

Ton on 30 Dec, 2020

This may be the best walk in the Mr Glorious area. The main track is an easy walk, through rainforest and palms. There many many trees blocking the track. The walk down to the wreck is steep, and not well defined. Marking the way is a good idea. I have never seen pink tape. There are a few very small rock cairns along the way. I spent 20 minutes or so locating the right track back up the hill. Total time was 3.5 hours.

dennis round on 29 Sep, 2020

Track was around 7km there and back, completed in 5 hours. Going down to the wreck and back up was very steep and somewhat challenging. Lots of over grown areas and trees down which block the path. We marked the track with pink tape as it is quite easy to lose the track in some areas. Many of the markers left were not highly visible or had fallen down. At the beginning on the descent to the wreck there is a large stone cairn which stands about knee height - the track also forks at this point - go to your left. Someone has also removed the ammo box as it is no longer in the wreck and couldn't see it anywhere nearby.

KLEEWDO on 24 Sep, 2020

Good walk, recommend to anyone, will do again! Downhill slope to wreck isn’t as bad as it sounds. Not too strenuous.

Scardykats on 29 Aug, 2020

Highly recommended you do this one with someone who has done it before. We completed this a week after some heavy wind and there was a lot of downed trees and most of the pink guiding tape had gone. Regardless a great walk for most levels of fitness although the ascent from the wreck can be a challenge

Ben C on 23 Aug, 2020

Found this to be pretty well marked with pink tape and rock cairns. Lots of fallen trees but you can generally see the path. Last section down to the wreck gets the legs working for sure! Completed in under 3hrs with a 15min break at the wreck.

jeabou on 2 Aug, 2020

The track was dry and well marked. Didn't have any issues with leeches.

sgrun on 21 Jul, 2020

Plenty of pink tape and rock cairns to let you know if you are on the right trail. GPS navigation is useful but not essential. We did it in two hours fifteen minutes including all stops. A good challenge and interesting destination.

jgrun14 on 21 Jul, 2020

Nice walk, but it's better to have someone who knows the way :)

ovel on 4 Jul, 2020

Next time someone goes, (if you can), take a bit of extra pink ribbon to help people find the way 😊

Emily on 3 Jul, 2020

A great hike with the family. No leeches or ticks as the region is still fairly dry. The palm forested section is particularly beautiful. The wreck is still largely recognisable with a laminated accident report sheet present. A bit tricky to navigate in parts. Found the GPS useful on our return.

Monstar on 2 May, 2020

Great walk, Plenty of Leeches.

Kevin Bevan on 29 Mar, 2020

This is a great track that requires some navigational skills.
Walk the main track to the rock mound and then turn left and head down into the rainforest. There are arrows gouged into tree trunks to aid navigation. If you get to the large fallen tree that you have to walk along and clamber under, you’re going the right way!

Don’t forget to sign the book that’s safely stored in the wreckage in the old ammo box.
Take plenty of water.
If there hasn’t been any rain you shouldn’t have issues with leeches.

Remy on 21 Nov, 2019


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