D'Aguilar National Park Brisbane

Dip into cool subtropical rainforest with trickling creeks and lush vegetation. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

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

Rainforest circuit

Take a captivating journey through lush subtropical rainforest, watching for signs of wildlife as you stroll this circuit.

Journey type
2km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1hr walking time.
Grade 3 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Starting at Maiala, wander through a magical forest of strangler figs, ferns, palms, fungi and climbing lianas. Admire the majestic beauty of an old Sydney blue gum, the sole survivor of the eucalypt forest that once dominated this area.

Gaze skywards to spy rose-crowned fruit-doves and Macleay's swallowtail butterflies high in the canopy. These butterflies are found only on mountain ranges where their host plant, the canary sassafras, grows in the high-altitude environment.

Pass over crystal-clear Palm and Fern Tree creeks before returning to the day-use area for a relaxing picnic among the pine trees.

Getting there and getting around

The Rainforest circuit is in the South D'Aguilar section of D'Aguilar National Park, about 42km from Brisbane's city centre.

Access roads are all sealed and accessible by 2WD.

  • The Rainforest circuit begins from Maiala.
  • From the Brisbane suburb of The Gap, take Mount Nebo Road (tourist route number 8) to Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.
  • Continue north-west along Mount Nebo Road for another 30km to Maiala on the north-west edge of the Mount Glorious township.
  • Alternatively, drive 19km from Samford via Mount Glorious Road to Maiala.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Rainforest circuit is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting D'Aguilar National Park safely and Walk with care.