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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Things to do

    Two people setting up a tent at a remote bush camp in south D'Aguilar section, D'Aguilar National Park.
    Remote bush camping in south D'Aguilar section, D'Aguilar National Park.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Remote bush camping and vehicle-based camping facilities are located throughout D’Aguilar National Park (PDF, 4.9MB) (see the D’Aguilar National Park guide for camp site locations).

    Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

    Other accommodation

    Camping is also available at Blue Gum Flats located near the shores of Lake Manchester. To book a site, contact Seqwater.

    There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Brisbane, Mount Glorious, Samford and Dayboro. For more information see the tourism information links.

    Two people walking along a track in D'Aguilar National Park, taking in the surrounds.
    Take a bushwalk along one of the many walking tracks in D'Aguilar National Park.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    A track in the Mount Mee section of the park.
    Enjoy a scenic forest drive in the Mount Mee section of the park.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Picnic areas and attractions

    To find out more about picnic areas and lookouts in the park, please visit the Attractions page.

    Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is located at the southern gateway to the park. Visit the centre to find out more about Queensland’s national parks and wildlife.

    Nearby Mount Coot-tha and Lake Manchester also provide picnic facilities and short walks.

    Walking

    D'Aguilar National Park offers a range of walking tracks for beginner and experienced walkers. Each track is classified according to Australian Standards and is only suitable for pedestrian use. Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be easier.

    Walkers can also access a number of management roads throughout the park. These may be shared by horse and mountain-bike riders, four-wheel drivers and/or motorcyclists—please refer to the D’Aguilar National Park guide for more information. Walkers using management roads shared with other users need to be aware of the Give way code.

    Before walking in the park read this information below and the guidelines on walking safely and walking softly to ensure a safe, enjoyable and sustainable experience.

    Key to track standards

    The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be of an easier level.

    Class 2 walking track Grade 2

    • No bushwalking experience required.
    • Easy level track, suitable for all fitness levels.
    • All junctions signposted and may include interpretive signs.

    Class 3 walking track Grade 3

    • Some bushwalking experience recommended.
    • Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.
    • Distinct tracks with junctions signposted.

    Class 4 walking track Grade 4

    • Bushwalking experience recommended.
    • Tracks may be long, rough and very steep with muddy sections likely to be encountered.
    • Limited signage.

    Please refer to the table below for a list of short, medium and longer walks in the park.

    Walking in South D'Aguilar section

    Short walks—less than 2hr walking time

    Access point Track name Track classDistance/time
    Bellbird GroveTurrbal circuit Class 3 walking track Grade 3 1.7km circuit; allow 45min
    Bellbird GroveGolden Boulder track Class 3 walking track Grade 3 1.8km circuit; allow 45min
    Jollys lookoutEgernia circuit Class 3 walking track Grade 3 1.5km circuit; allow 45min
    BoombanaPitta circuit Class 3 walking track Grade 3 1km circuit; allow 30min
    Manorina Atrax circuit Class 3 walking track Grade 3 750m return; allow 20min
    MaialaRainforest circuit Class 3 walking track Grade 3 2km circuit; allow 1hr
    MaialaCypress Grove circuit Class 3 walking track Grade 3 2.5km circuit; allow 1hr 30min
    MaialaWestern Window track Class 3 walking track Grade 3 1.2km return; allow 45min

    Medium length walks—from 2 to 4hr walking time

    Access point Track name Track classDistance/time
    Walkabout Creek Discovery CentreAraucaria track Class 3 walking track Grade 3 5km return; allow 2hr
    Jollys lookoutThylogale walking track Class 3 walking track Grade 3 8km return; allow 3hr
    Manorina Morelia walking track Class 4 walking track Grade 4 6km return; allow 2hr
    Maiala Greenes Falls track Class 3 walking track Grade 3 4.3km return; allow 2hr
    Maiala Westside track Class 4 walking track Grade 4 6.4km return; allow 3hr

    Longer walks—from 4 to 10hr walking time

    Longer walks are suggested as loops along management roads. They can be completed in one long day, or walkers can camp overnight at one of the remote bush camp sites. Keep a look out for small road signs and take a D’Aguilar National Park South D’Aguilar section topographic map with you. These maps can be purchased from the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.

    Access point Track name Track classDistance/time
    Maiala Aquila loop Class 4 walking track Grade 4 24km return; allow 6–10hr
    Mount Nebo transfer station Cabbage Tree Range loop Class 4 walking track Grade 4 17km circuit; allow 4–7hr
    Bullockys DamAugies loop Class 4 walking track Grade 4 16km circuit; allow 7hr

    Walking in Mount Mee section

    Short walks—less than 2hr walking time

    Access point Track name Track classDistance/time
    The GantryPiccabeen walk Class 2 walking track Grade 2 1km circuit; allow 30min
    Falls lookout carparkFalls lookout track Class 2 walking track Grade 2 1km return; allow 30min
    Off Neurum Creek Road between
    The Gantry and Neurum Creek camping area
    Mill rainforest walk Class 3 walking track Grade 3 1.4km return; allow 50min
    From Neurum Creek camping area Lophostemon walk Class 3 walking track Grade 3 750m circuit; allow 20min

    Medium length walks—from 2 to 4hr walking time

    Access point Track name Track classDistance/time
    The Gantry Somerset trail Class 4 walking track Grade 4 13km circuit; allow 4hr

    Horse and mountain-bike riding

    A leisurely ride through the park on horseback or bicycle is a great way to experience the wonders of the bush. There is a network of shared trails throughout the park for horseriding and hundreds of kilometres of management roads for mountain-bike riding. A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, or an organised event and/or competitive event.

    Horse and mountain-bike riding is fun provided you stay safe.

    Mountain-bike riding

    There are no designated mountain-bike-only trails in D’Aguilar National Park, and bikes are not permitted on designated walking tracks. Mountain bikers share management roads with other users and need to be aware of the Give way code.

    Mountain-bike riding is permitted on all management roads in D’Aguilar National Park, unless otherwise signed. Mountain biking is not suitable on some management roads due to very steep gradients and rough terrain.

    High levels of fitness and sound navigational skills are required to ride in the park. If you are a new rider to the area, you will need to carry a D’Aguilar National Park South D'Aguilar section topographic map, which can be purchased from the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.

    For more details, see Mountain-bike rides.

    Designated mountain-bike and shared trails can be found in Bunyaville Conservation Park, Samford Conservation Park and Daisy Hill Conservation Park. Sections of Mt Coot-tha Forest, managed by Brisbane City Council, also have mountain-bike and multiple-use trails. A mountain-bike trail map is available for Mt Coot-tha Forest—visit Brisbane City Council.

    Horseriding

    Horseriding is permitted only on specified trails in D’Aguilar National Park. Enjoy a half or day-long ride in the southern section of the D’Aguilar Range. See the horseriding trail network for more details.

    Horseriders share management roads with other users and need to be aware of the Give way code.

    To help reduce your impact on our natural areas:

    • Do not allow horses to remain in the park overnight.
    • Ride only on formed roads and trails designated for riding. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.
    • Do not allow horses to enter or remain in or near natural watercourses. Only allow horses to cross natural watercourses at designated crossing points on the trail in order to protect watercourses.
    • Minimise damage to vegetation—do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the park.
    • Minimise soil erosion and compaction—tether horses at hitching posts or resting areas for short periods only.
    • Avoid spreading weeds—ensure horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds before park visits.

    Driving and trail-bike riding

    Mount Mee section offers three different 4WD forest drive opportunities. Visit the Journeys page for the full details of the forest drives within this section of the park.

    See the Mount Mee forest drives and trails map for roads accessible to four-wheel drive vehicles and trail bikes. Vehicles, including trail bikes, are permitted on all forest drives and unsealed roads in Mount Mee section unless otherwise signed.

    Vehicle permits are not required; however, all vehicles (including trail bikes) must be registered and driven by a licensed driver.

    Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving on all unsealed roads. Road conditions are always variable and they have features that can make them impassable in conventional (2WD) vehicles at any time. Most unsealed roads are accessible in dry weather only, and some require four-wheel drive vehicles with high clearance.

    Please obey speed limits and road rules—the maximum speed limit is 40km/hr, and all road rules apply. Be aware of horseriders and walkers who might share or cross the roads.

    Please obey all park closure notices. Mount Mee is closed after heavy rain—check, park alerts before visiting for the latest information about park access, closures and conditions.

    There are no four-wheel-driving or trail-bike riding opportunities in the South D’Aguilar section of the park. Sealed roads wind through the southern section of the park.

    Mount Nebo Road

    A beautiful scenic drive that winds through eucalypt forest, travels through the park past Mount Nebo township to Mount Glorious. There are several lookouts along the way. Return to Brisbane along the same road or via Samford–Mount Glorious Road.

    The Northbrook Parkway

    The Northbrook Parkway continues from Mount Glorious, linking D’Aguilar National Park with the eastern shore of Lake Wivenhoe. For an interesting round trip, travel back to Brisbane via Samford–Mount Glorious Road or the Brisbane Valley Highway.

    Guided tours and talks

    Ranger guided activities and talks are conducted from the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre. For more information on activities and times, visit Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.