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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Visiting D'Aguilar National Park safely

    Enoggera Reservoir serves as a scenic backdrop to Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre, the gateway to the southern section of the park.

    Enoggera Reservoir serves as a scenic backdrop to Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, the gateway to the southern section of the park.

    Photo credit: courtesy of Jason Flesser

    Rocky Hole, Mount Mee section of D'Aguilar National Park.

    Rocky Hole, Mount Mee section of D'Aguilar National Park.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Getting there and getting around

    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 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 15min 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 that extends west to nearby Lake Somerset. 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. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended to access the park beyond The Gantry day-use area.

    From the north, turn left off the D’Aguilar Highway at Neurum Road (just north of Woodford and east of Kilcoy) 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.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    Wheelchair-accessible facilities are provided at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, parts of Bellbird Grove, Jollys lookout, Maiala, Westridge outlook, White Cedar and The Gantry 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 (PDF, 719.2KB) for these locations.

    Staying safe

    For all emergencies call Triple Zero (000)

    • We highly recommend you visit the Triple Zero website before visiting a national park or forest.
    • Download the Triple Zero emergency app—to help identify your location.
    • Important: if there is no mobile coverage on any network, you will not be able to reach the Emergency Call Service via a mobile phone.

    The nearest hospitals are located in Brisbane. Mobile phone coverage is not reliable in D’Aguilar National Park, but may be possible in areas with high elevation.

    D’Aguilar National Park is a wild place with hidden dangers for the unwary visitor. It is vital to pay close attention to signs that warn of local dangers. Follow these tips and use common sense to stay safe in the park.

    • Check park alerts and current weather forecasts for the local area you intend visiting for the park before setting out. Be prepared to cancel or postpone your trip during times of high fire danger or extreme weather events. Walking tracks and other areas, including 4WD roads, may be closed.
    • A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is recommended for emergency purposes in the more remote areas where there is no mobile coverage.
    • Plan to complete walks and rides well before dark and start longer walks and rides at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion, especially in summer. Be aware that the western aspect of the park is more exposed to the elements.
    • Never walk or ride alone. Let a reliable person know where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them. This person will contact the police if you are overdue.
    • Safe drinking water is only available at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre. Treat water obtained from other sources in the park, including taps, creeks and lakes. For more information watch the ‘treat all drinking water’ web clip.
    • Never dive or jump into water as it may be shallow or have submerged hazards.
    • Obey all safety and warning signs. Stay away from cliff edges and supervise children at all times. Take care during wet weather. Tracks can be slippery, especially after rain.
    • Detour around snakes; never provoke them.
    • Reduce theft by removing valuables from your vehicle (including garage remotes) and taking them with you.

    Walking safety tips

    • Be prepared, even on short walks, and judge your ability and conditions carefully before setting out. Do not expect to be warned of every possible danger.
    • Choose walks that suit the capabilities of your entire group.
    • Carry adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit and insect repellent.
    • More information on Walking safely.

    Horse and mountain-bike riding safety

    Recreation trails give-way code

    • Follow the give-way code.
    • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
    • Walkers must give way to horses
    • 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.
    • Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
    • Respect areas closed to riding. Ride only on the shared trails within the park.  Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.

    Bushfire safety

    In conditions of high fire danger, walking tracks and other areas in the park may be closed. For you safety, follow instructions on signs.

    Be familiar with bushfire safety and be prepared if you are caught in a fire. Please read the guidelines on staying safe during extreme weather.

    If you see an unattended bushfire, call Triple Zero (000) and report the fire as soon as possible

    For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    Before you visit

    Be prepared for your visit to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time.

    Essentials to bring

    • 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 with good grip—boots or sturdy shoes—to wear when bushwalking.
    • Use sun protection—wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.

    Opening hours

    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).

    Permits and fees

    Camping permits

    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.

    Other permits

    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.

    Pets

    Domestic animals (other than horses that are permitted on the SEQ horse trails) are not permitted anywhere in D’Aguilar National Park.

    Climate and weather

    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

    Fuel and supplies are available at The Gap and throughout Brisbane, or from Dayboro and D’Aguilar townships.