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Visiting D'Aguilar National Park safely
D’Aguilar National Park lies on the doorstep of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. The park is divided into two distinct sections—South D’Aguilar section (formerly Brisbane Forest Park) and Mount Mee section (formerly Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve).
South D’Aguilar section
South D’Aguilar section is easily accessible from Brisbane. The park’s picnic areas, walking tracks and lookouts are between a 15 and 95min drive from the city centre. Access is via Mount Nebo Road from The Gap (tourist route number 8), or via Samford along Samford and Mount Glorious roads (tourist route number 9).
Visit Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre before you embark on your journey. Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is located at 60 Mount Nebo Road in The Gap, 12km from the city centre.
For information on bus services, contact TransLink on 13 12 30 or visit the TransLink website.
Mount Mee section
Mount Mee section encompasses the northern section of the park and extends to Woodford. This section of the park is about a 90min drive north-west of Brisbane. From the south, travel through Samford and Dayboro then follow Mount Mee Road (tourist route number 29) and Sellin Road to the park. From the north, turn left off the D’Aguilar Highway at Neurum Road (just north of Woodford) and follow it as far as Stanton Road. Turn left onto Stanton Road, then take the first right to stay on Stanton Road before turning right onto Rasmussen Road. Continue on Rasmussen Road for about 5km to the northern entrance of the park. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended to access the park beyond The Gantry day-use area.
Wheelchair-accessible facilities are provided at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, parts of Bellbird Grove, Jollys lookout, Maiala, Westridge outlook, White Cedar, The Gantry and Ironbark Gully day-use areas. The Piccabeen walk in Mount Mee section is suitable for wheelchairs with assistance. Refer to the D'Aguilar National Park locality map for these locations.
Expect the best, but prepare for the worst—you are responsible for your own safety.
- Treat water obtained from all sources in the park, including taps, creeks and lakes. For more information watch the ‘treat all drinking water’ web clip.
- Supervise children at all times.
- Obey all safety and warning signs.
- Never dive or jump into water as it may be shallow or have submerged hazards.
- Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area. In an emergency phone Triple Zero (000).
- Reduce theft by removing valuables from your vehicle (including garage remotes) and taking them with you.
- Take care during wet weather. Tracks can be slippery, especially after rain.
- Stay away from cliff edges.
- Carry adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit and insect repellent.
- Use sun protection—wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days. Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion in summer.
- Never walk alone. Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them.
- Plan to complete walks and rides well before dark.
- More information on Walking safely.
Horse and mountain-bike riding safety
- Always wear a helmet.
- Plan ahead—ride within your ability and according to track conditions.
- Avoid skidding and sliding around turns—collisions and injury may result.
- Avoid riding in large groups.
- Slow down and consider other track users.
- Follow the give-way code.
- Cyclists riding downhill must give way to cyclists riding uphill.
- Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
- Respect areas closed to riding.
- 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.
- Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.
- Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders, and alert others when approaching them.
- Walkers must give way to horses.
In conditions of high fire danger, walking tracks and other areas may be closed.
For you safety, follow instructions on signs. If you see a bushfire or any illegal activity, please phone emergency services as soon as possible.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Be prepared for your visit to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time.
- Bring your own drinking water. Drinking water is only available at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre. All other water obtained in the park must be treated before drinking.
- Please bring rubbish bags with you and ensure all rubbish is removed from the park. There are no rubbish bins provided in the park.
- Pack sensible footwear—boots or sturdy shoes—to wear when bushwalking.
The park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk and ride during daylight hours only.
The Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is open daily from 9.00am to 4.30pm (closed on some public holidays).
Camping permits must be obtained prior to camping in the park and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
- Find out more about camping in D’Aguilar National Park.
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
A special permit is not required for recreational activities in D’Aguilar National Park unless they are organised events or large scale competitive events. If an activity or visit to a protected area includes commercial photography or filming—that is, to sell photographs or film footage taken on a protected area or use photographs or footage in a product which will later be sold, such as a book or postcard—a permit must be obtained and a fee paid.
Domestic animals (other than horses that are permitted on the SEQ horse trails) are not permitted anywhere in D’Aguilar National Park.
The mountain tops and forest flats of the D'Aguilar Range may experience cooler temperatures and more rainfall than Brisbane city that enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range in Brisbane city is 22 to 30°C in summer and 12 to 22°C in winter.
Fuel and supplies are available at The Gap and throughout Brisbane, or from Dayboro and D’Aguilar townships in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
- Bellbird Grove day use area closed for upgrades 31 August to 31 December 2020
- Mill Rainforest walking trail closed for maintenance 10 August to 31 December 2020
- Westside track is closed between the Western Window and Lawton Road due to landslip. 15 July to 30 October 2020