Daisy Hill Conservation Park Brisbane

Photo credit: Anna Osetroff © Queensland Government

Daisy Hill Koala Bushland Directions Paper Stage 1 projects

Come to Daisy Hill and check out our Disability Discrimination Act 1992 compliant track in the day-use area (the first of its size in one of our parks), which features compliant picnic tables, toilets and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service's first fully compliant barbecues. Photo credit: Anna Osetroff © Queensland Government

Firebreak upgrades in protected areas south of Brisbane

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships will be conducting works to upgrade firebreaks along a number of boundaries in Daisy Hill Conservation Park and other protected areas south of Brisbane. Photo credit: Anna Osetroff © Queensland Government

Journeys

Two female walkers on Buhot Creek circuit.
Daisy Hill has single-use walking trails and a network of shared trails for walkers to enjoy.

Photo credit: Lise Pedersen

Enjoy horseriding along any of the shared trails.
Enjoy horseriding along any of the shared trails.

Photo credit: Monique Shepherd, Queensland Government

Ride along one of the designated mountain-bike or shared trails.
Ride along one of the designated mountain-bike or shared trails.

Photo credit: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government

Walking

Daisy Hill Conservation Park offers the chance to explore tall eucalypt forests, melaleuca wetlands and the billabongs along Buhot Creek.

There are two designated single-use walking trails in the park. Walking is also permitted on all management roads and shared trails in Daisy Hill Conservation Park and the greater Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area (KBCCA), unless otherwise signed.

Visitors can enjoy bushwalking with their dogs on shared trails only (dogs are not permitted on the mountain bike only trails). Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Key to walking trail standards

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

Class 1 walking trackClass 1

  • No bushwalking experience required.
  • Flat, even surface with no steps or steep sections, 5km or less.
  • Clearly signposted.
  • Suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.

Class 2 walking trackClass 2

  • Formed track. May have gentle hills and some steps.
  • Clearly signposted.
  • No bushwalking experience required.

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

  • Formed track, some obstacles, 20km or less.
  • May have short steep hills and many steps.
  • Some experience recommended.

Class 4 walking trackClass 4

  • Distinct track usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps, loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural outlooks.
  • Moderate level of fitness and bushwalking experience recommended.
Walking trails (mountain bikes and horses prohibited)
TrailClassificationDistanceTimeDescription
Paperbark trail

Class 1 walking trackClass 1

450m Allow 15min

Suitable for wheelchairs with some assistance, this Disability Discrimination Act compliant trail and boardwalk starts near car park three in the Daisy Hill day-use area. It winds through cool melaleuca wetlands fed by a natural spring. Stop to read the interpretive signs along the way to find out why melaleucas are marvellous!

Take a virtual tour of the Paperbark trail captured with Google Street View Trekker.

Tree discovery trail

Class 2 walking trackClass 2

800m Allow 30min Eucalypts are extraordinary! Find out why on this self-guided trail that starts near car park four in the Daisy Hill day-use area and winds through open eucalypt forest.

See the shared trails table below for other walking options.

Mountain-bike riding and horseriding

For those looking for two-wheeled adventure, Daisy Hill and the greater KBCCA has kilometres of premier recreational trails. The mountain-bike only trails are built to international standards, offering a good mix of levels for all riders. Explore hillsides of eucalypt forest on an easy, early morning ride or challenge yourself with berms on tight corners and rock features. The KBCCA’s shared trails are wider and easier to ride.

Horseriders can also explore the natural surrounds of the KBCCA on the network of shared recreational trails. These well-maintained trails cater for riders of easy to moderate experience, with rides ranging from a few hundred metres to many kilometres if you combine trails. Enjoy a relaxed, meandering ride through the area’s magnificent bushland, keeping an eye out for snoozing koalas in the branches above. Settle into the saddle with nothing but you, your horse and the wildlife around you.

Mountain-bike riding and horseriding are permitted on all management roads and most shared trails in Daisy Hill Conservation Park and the greater KBCCA, unless otherwise signed. Each trail entry has a sign indicating which recreational activities are permitted.

Permits are not required for horseriding or mountain-bike riding in Daisy Hill Conservation Park.

Mountain-bike and horseriding trail classifications

Mountain-bike trail classification descriptions
ClassDescription
Easy mountain bike trailEasy

For beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills. Wide trail, gentle gradient, some obstacles.

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

For skilled mountain bikers. Moderate gradient, obstacles and some steep sections.

Difficult mountain bike trailDifficult

For experienced mountain bikers. Challenging trail. Large, unavoidable obstacles and features. Long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.

Horseriding trail classification descriptions
ClassDescription
Class 1 easy horseriding trailClass 1 Easy

For novice riders and experienced horses with basic skills and fitness. Wide trail, natural, surface, gentle slope.

Class 2 intermediate horseriding trailClass 2 Intermediate

For experienced riders and horses with moderate skills and fitness. Variable trail, moderate slope, some obstacles.

Mountain-bike only trails in the KBCCA (horses, walkers and dogs prohibited)
TrailClassificationDistanceTimeDescription
1. Possum Box trailIntermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 2.2km Allow 10mins Best ridden from the five ways junction, but can be ridden in both directions.
2. Chipline trail

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

680m Allow 5mins

Can be ridden both directions but is a downhill run from the five ways junction. There is a challenging rock garden 200m in from the top of the trail.

3. Lace monitor trailIntermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 2.5km Allow 10mins Can be ridden in both directions, preferred direction of travel is east to west. A sweeping trail with technical features.
9. Jim Finch trailIntermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 565m Allow 5mins A short trail link from the southern boundary.
11. Gillians trailIntermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 530m Allow 5mins A short trail link from the Glossy black trail to the Ripleys and Gilder shared-use trails.
12. Glossy black trailEasy mountain bike trailEasy 690m one way Allow 5 to 10min Can be ridden in both directions. A short trail that links two sections of the Stringybark trail, avoiding a steep section of the trail.
14. Jumping ant trailIntermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 1.4km Allow 7mins Best ridden from the five ways junction, but can be ridden in both directions.
Shared trails in the KBCCA (walkers, horseriders and mountain-bike riders permitted)
TrailClassificationDistanceTimeDescription
Buhot Creek circuit

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

Class 2 intermediate horseriding trailIntermediate

9km Allow 5.5hrs to walk or 2hrs to ride This trail starts from the Daisy Hill trail hub and allows visitors to explore Daisy Hill Conservation Park and adjoining Neville Lawrie Reserve. Take time by tranquil waterholes and enjoy views from the old quarry.
Plunkett mallee circuit

Class 2 walking trackClass 2

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

Class 1 easy horseriding trailEasy

2.54km Allow 30mins to walk or 15mins to ride This circuit features a stand of Plunkett mallee Eucalyptus curtisii, a near threatened tree within the Redland City Council area that flowers prolifically from September to November.
Spotted gum circuit

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

Class 1 easy horseriding trailEasy

5.2km Allow 2.5hrs to walk or 50mins to ride Branching off the Buhot Creek circuit, this circuit trail follows a gently undulating ridgeline through eucalypt forest dominated by spotted gums.
Stringybark circuit

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

Class 2 intermediate horseriding trailIntermediate

5.7km Allow 3.5hrs to walk or 1hr to ride This trail starts from the Daisy Hill trail hub and meanders through the various plant communities within the Buhot Creek catchment. Red-necked wallabies, swamp wallabies and various birds may be seen along the way.
4. Ripleys trail

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

Class 2 intermediate horseriding trailIntermediate

2.2km Allow 30 to 40min to walk or 15mins to ride This trail climbs to an elevated ridge with numerous downhill opportunities.
5. Koala trail

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

Class 2 intermediate horseriding trailIntermediate

1.1km Allow 15mins to walk or 5mins to ride This trail is an extension of the Chipline trail (2).
10. Glider trail

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

Class 2 intermediate horseriding trailIntermediate

2.3km Allow 30 to 40mins to walk or 15mins to ride The Glider trail branches off the Buhot Creek circuit in Neville Lawrie Reserve and offers mountain-bike riders an extension to Gillians trail.
13. Sleepy hollow trail

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

Class 2 intermediate horseriding trailIntermediate

350m Allow 5mins to walk or 2mins to ride Very short trail branching off the Buhot Creek circuit into Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area.
Walking and mountain biking shared trails in the KBCCA (horseriders prohibited)
TrailClassificationDistanceTimeDescription
6. Wiry panic trail

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

1.6km Allow 40mins to walk or 10mins to ride Best ridden from north to south to make the most of the downhill run.
7. Grasstree East trail

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

860m Allow 20mins to walk or 7mins to ride Grasstree East trail is a linking trail between sections of the Plunkett Mallee circuit in Neville Lawrie Reserve and Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area.
15. Grasstree West trail

Class 3 walking trackClass 3

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate

830m

Allow 20mins to walk or 7mins to ride

Grasstree Wast trail is a linking trail between sections of the Plunkett Mallee circuit in Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area.
8. Nirvana trail

Class 4 walking trackClass 4

Difficult mountain bike trailDifficult

1.9km one way Allow 1hr to walk or 25mins to ride To get the best of this trail ride from east to west.

Ride safely

We want you to get the best out of your ride.

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Plan ahead, ride within your ability and according to trail conditions.
  • Slow down or stop when approaching other trail users. Follow the give-way code.
  • Slow down when riding over water bars (whoa-boys) on shared trails—excess speed can cause loss of control and may result in injury.
  • Avoid riding in large groups—keep groups to fewer than 12.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns—this causes trail damage and may result in a collision with other trail users.
  • Avoid riding during and after rain when tracks are soft, wet and muddy.
  • Stay on marked trails—riding over vegetation, taking shortcuts and forming new trails damages plants and wildlife habitat.
  • Respect areas closed to riding.

Give way signFollow the give-way code

  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
  • Walkers must give way to horses.