D'Aguilar National Park Brisbane

Take a walk through some of the park's most beautiful subtropical rainforest. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

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Westside track

Experience outstanding natural beauty along one of D’Aguilar National Park’s rainforest walks.

Journey type
6.4km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 3hr walking time
Grade 4 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural)
  • Walking

Stroll through beautiful subtropical rainforest featuring magnificent strangler figs, stinging trees and large rainforest trees, such as white booyong. Look for blue quondong fruit strewn across the path, a favourite food of the wompoo fruit-dove.

Soak in spectacular views over the scenic mountain rim to the west from the Western Window lookout. On a clear day, you can see Cunninghams Gap and Mount Barney.

Walk down steep steps to wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest at the base of the rocky basalt cliffs. Weave between the straight white trunks of tall pigeonberry ash and be dwarfed beneath the canopies of majestic Sydney blue gums.

Getting there and getting around

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

Access roads are sealed and suitable for conventional (2WD) vehicles.

  • The walk begins on the western side of Mount Glorious Road opposite the main Maiala day-use area, from the small picnic area next to the road.
  • 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 about 19km from Samford via Mount Glorious Road to Maiala.

Please refer to the Maiala walking track map (PDF, 203.2KB) for details of walks in this area.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities on this track. The closest wheelchair-accessible facilities are located at Maiala day-use area.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Westside track 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.