D'Aguilar National Park Brisbane

D'Aguilar National Park is a breathtaking escape from the city! Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

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About D'Aguilar National Park

    Park features

    D’Aguilar National Park is striking in its diversity of environments and plant communities. Take a journey through open eucalypt woodlands, scribbly gum forests and lush subtropical rainforests. More than 800 plant species are found in these forests, some of which are rare and threatened.

    The cool mountain tops and forest flats of D’Aguilar National Park provide a rich and varied habitat for wildlife. The cooler mountain climate is ideal for ferns and mosses. Giant barred frogs and spiny crayfish inhabit the mountain streams, while yellow-bellied gliders and short-eared possums are active at night in the tall open forest. Owls, like the vulnerable powerful owl, also live here, preying on small animals including possums and snakes. The park provides excellent birdwatching opportunities—bowerbirds, wompoo fruit-doves, bell miners and yellow-tailed black-cockatoos can often be seen or heard throughout the forest.

    For a close-up look at some amazing native animals, visit Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre. The complex features a visitor information centre, wedding centre, cafe and Wildlife Centre, which showcases the area’s incredible wildlife.

    Looking after the park

    Help to care for the D’Aguilar Range and the wildlife that lives here by following these guidelines.


    • Everything in national parks and forests is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants or animals.
    • Do not collect bush wood from the park or bring in bush wood from outside the park or other areas. Fallen timber provides homes for many insects and small animals and bush wood from other areas could contain pathogens that may be harmful to the forest.
    • Let native animals find their own food. Human food can make native animals susceptible to disease and can cause overpopulations and aggressive behaviour.
    • Leave pets at home. Domestic animals are not permitted in the national park.
    • Stay on designated tracks and trails. Shortcutting causes erosion, damages vegetation and can potentially result in injury.
    • Remove all rubbish. No bins are provided in the park. For more information watch the ‘reduce and recycle’ web clip.
    • Show consideration for other park users and wildlife by keeping noise to a minimum.

    Horse and mountain-bike riding

    • Avoid riding in large groups.
    • Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
    • Respect areas closed to riding.
    • Ride only on formed roads, tracks and trails designated for riding. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as these damage the environment and causes erosion.

    Remote camping

    Where no toilets are provided, take care with sanitation and hygiene and do not pollute the natural water supplies. For more information watch the 'bush toileting and washing' web clip.

    • Bury all faecal waste and toilet paper in holes 15cm deep and at least 100m from waterways, camps and tracks. Make sure you carry a small trowel or spade for this purpose.
    • Consider using a human waste disposal kit to take your waste out with you. Kits are available from some camping stores. Please follow manufacturer’s directions on the packet and dispose of waste responsibly.
    • Wash away from streams, gullies and watercourses, as all detergents, soaps, sunscreens, insect repellents and toothpastes pollute water and damage aquatic life.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages D'Aguilar National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its remarkable natural and cultural values in perpetuity.

    A special management area (controlled action) has been declared over part of D’Aguilar National Park to allow for the continuation of foliage harvesting activities until 2024. These areas are carefully monitored to ensure the maintenance of natural and cultural values.

    The park is managed in accordance with the D’Aguilar National Park management statement (PDF, 279.2KB) . Future planning for D'Aguilar National Park will be developed under the Values Based Management Framework.

    Tourism information links

    Brisbane Visitor Information and Booking Centre
    Queens Street Mall, Brisbane City QLD 4000
    Phone: (07) 3006 6290
    Email: visit@brisbanemarketing.com.au

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    Further information

    Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
    60 Mount Nebo Road
    The Gap, Qld 4061
    Phone: (07) 3164 3600

    Brisbane City Council (for information about Mt Coot-tha Forest)
    Phone: (07) 3403 8888

    Visit Seqwater for latest information on permitted recreational activities, current closures and important safety notices for access to Lake Wivenhoe, Lake Somerset, Lake Manchester, Gold Creek Dam and the Enoggera Reservoir.