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Nature, culture and history
D'Aguilar National Park has a variety of habitat types including dry and wet sclerophyll forests, eucalypt woodland, subtropical rainforest, rocky outcrops and freshwater systems. In these habitats, more than 200 species of native animals can be found.
Several near-threatened, vulnerable and endangered animals and plants are found in the park.
- The spotted-tail quoll Dasyurus maculatus, a once common, carnivorous marsupial in the D’Aguilar Range, has not been sighted for many years.
- The Mount Glorious torrent frog (or southern dayfrog) Taudactylus diurnus, which occurs only beside mountain rainforest streams and waterfalls in areas of South East Queensland, has not been seen since 1979.
- Platypus have been sighted in the park along permanently watered creeks and waterholes.
- The Mount Glorious spiny crayfish Euastacus setosus is endemic to the park and found only in one creek system near Mount Glorious.
- Broad-leaved spotted gum Corymbia henryi has a very limited distribution in South East Queensland but is common within the park.
- Other threatened plants such as the giant ironwood Choricarpia subargentea, bobble nut Macadamia ternifolia and the delicate native shrub Corchorus cunninghamii are also found within the park.
D'Aguilar Range and the surrounding areas hold significant cultural value for a number of Traditional Owner groups.
The eucalypt forest, rainforest pockets and creeks provide food, medicine and many other resources. Sacred sites include artefact scatters, bora rings, dreaming trails and traditional pathways.
A changing land
The first Europeans to enter the D'Aguilar Range area were farmers and timber-getters in the 1840s. Much of the country around the range was cleared for farming. Giant red cedar and hoop pine trees were felled and used as timber to build houses that still stand in Brisbane today.
Around the 1860s, gold prospectors staked their claims on quartz-bearing rock in the hope of striking it rich. Despite their hard work, the mines produced only small amounts of gold and were abandoned in the 1950s. Remains of gold mine shafts can still be seen in the park today along the Golden Boulder track at Bellbird Grove.
The earliest timber reserves were gazetted in 1918 and extensive logging of hardwoods took place after World War II. In 1930, Maiala National Park was declared—the first national park in the D'Aguilar Range. Declaration of other national parks followed, including Jollys Lookout (1938), Manorina (1949) and Boombana (1950). Camp Mountain lookout was constructed in the 1970s.
In 1977, through a partnership between the community, Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, the visionary concept of a 'park for the people' was born. This alliance was established to protect this expansive bushland area and preserve its values for the future.
'Our objective is to take advantage of the eminently suitable stretch of country for the benefit (relaxation and enjoyment) of the public …' Brisbane Forest Park Bill 1977.
The declaration of D’Aguilar National Park in 2009 marked another important chapter in ensuring the park remains a place where people can walk, ride and appreciate the natural beauty of the bush on Brisbane’s doorstep.
- Bellbird Grove day-use area temporarily closed due to facility upgrades 10 March to 10 July 2020