D'Aguilar National Park Brisbane

Marvel at views stretching over Somerset Dam and Lake Wivenhoe from the lookout. Photo credit: Tomek Z Genek © Queensland Government

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

Somerset trail

Venture through a variety of forest types on this lovely half-day hike with stunning views to the western horizon.

Journey type
13km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 4hrs walking time.
Grade 4 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Walking

Starting opposite The Gantry, this track winds through lush rainforest, scribbly gum forest, montane heath and piccabeen palm groves.

Spy colourful fruit-doves and flying foxes tucking into rainforest fruits. In the dry, open forest, possums, goannas and other tree-dwelling animals give away their presence by leaving scratch marks on tree trunks. Look for squiggly trails covering the scribbly gum's trunk, made by the larvae of wood-boring moths.

Stop at Somerset lookout halfway along the track and take in magnificent vistas stretching west to Somerset Dam and Lake Wivenhoe—unquestionably the park's best view.

Getting there and getting around

Somerset trail is in the North D'Aguilar section of D'Aguilar National Park, about 70km from the city of Brisbane.

From the south

  • From the south, drive 24km from Dayboro via Mount Mee Road (tourist route number 29) and Sellin Road to the park's southern entrance.
  • Continue 150m to The Gantry. The road to The Gantry is suitable for 2WDs.

From the north

  • You will need a 4WD or trail bike to access this walk from the north. The maximum speed limit on forest roads is 50km/hr and all road rules apply.
  • Drive 17km from Woodford via the D'Aguilar Highway, Neurum, Stanton and Rassmussen roads to the park's northern entrance.
  • Continue south along the Mount Mee forest drive to The Gantry, near the southern entrance to the park.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Somerset trail 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.