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.

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    Camping and accommodation


    D’Aguilar National Park has two formal camping areas in the northern section (Neurum Creek and Archer) and nine remote bush camp sites in the southern section.

    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 4WD drive in the northern section (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.


    D'Aguilar National Park offers a range of walking tracks for beginner and experienced walkers. Each track is classified according to Australian Standards and suitable only 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 the many management roads throughout the park. These may be shared by horse and mountain-bike riders, four-wheel drivers and/or trail bikes. Walkers using management roads shared with other users need to be aware of the Give way code.

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

    Also read the guidelines on walking safely and walking softly to ensure a safe, enjoyable and sustainable experience.

    Walking in the southern section

    Short walks—less than 2hr walking time

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

    Medium length walks—from 2 to 4hr walking time

    Access point Track name Track gradeDistance/time
    Walkabout Creek Discovery CentreAraucaria track Grade 3 5km return; allow 2hr
    Jollys LookoutThylogale track Grade 3 8km return; allow 3hr
    Manorina Morelia track Grade 4 6km return; allow 2hr
    Maiala Greenes Falls track Grade 3 4.3km return; allow 2hr
    Maiala Westside 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 gradeDistance/time
    Maiala Aquila loop Grade 4 24km return; allow 6–10hr
    Mount Nebo transfer station Cabbage Tree Range loop Grade 4 17km circuit; allow 4–7hr
    Bullockys DamAugies loop Grade 4 16km circuit; allow 7hr

    Walking in northern section (Mount Mee section)

    Short walks—less than 2hr walking time

    Access point Track name Track gradeDistance/time
    The GantryPiccabeen walk Grade 2 1km circuit; allow 30min
    Falls lookout carparkFalls lookout track Grade 2 1km return; allow 30min
    From Neurum Creek camping area Lophostemon walk Grade 3 750m circuit; allow 20min

    Medium length walks—from 2 to 4hr walking time

    Access point Track name Track gradeDistance/time
    The Gantry Somerset trail 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

    Mountain-bike riding is permitted on all management roads in D’Aguilar National Park, unless otherwise signed. However, mountain biking is not suitable on some management roads due to very steep gradients and rough terrain. Mountain bikers share management roads with other users and need to be aware of the Give way code.

    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.

    There are no designated mountain-bike-only trails in the park, and bikes are not permitted on designated walking tracks.

    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 is permitted only on specified marked trails in D’Aguilar National Park. Most of the horse trails are management roads shared with other users —be aware of the Give way code.

    Many half-day and full-day rides can be enjoyed in the southern section of the park. See the horseriding trail network for more details.

    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 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

    The northern section (Mount Mee section) offers three different opportunities for 4WD forest driving. 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 the forest drives and unsealed roads in the northern section (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 Queensland road rules apply. Be aware of horseriders and walkers who might share or cross the roads.

    Please obey all park closure notices. The northern section of the park (Mount Mee section) 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 southern section of the park. Sealed roads wind through the southern section of the park.

    Mount Nebo Road

    A beautiful scenic drive travels through the park to Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious townships. The sealed road winds through varied eucalypt forest types and passes 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 Discovery Centre.