Dularcha National Park Sunshine Coast

Photo credit: © Lise Pedersen

Visiting Dularcha safely

    Dularcha National Park's forests provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    Dularcha National Park's forests provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    Getting there and getting around

    By car:

    From Brisbane (about 90km): Travel north on the Bruce Highway (M1) and take the Glass House Mountains tourist drive (24) turnoff onto Steve Irwin Way and follow the signs to the towns of Landsborough (park southern entrance off Beech Road) or Mooloolah (park northern entrance of Paget Street).

    From Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast (about 25km): Travel south on the Bruce Highway (M1) and take the Glass House Mountains tourist drive (24) exit onto Steve Irwin Way and follow the signs to the towns of Landsborough (park southern entrance off Beech Road) or Mooloolah (park northern entrance of Paget Street).

    By train:

    Alternatively travel by train to Landsborough or Mooloolah railway station and then walk through the town to the national park.

    Some visitors who drive to the area add a rail experience to their walk by parking their car at Landsborough railway station and catching a train to Mooloolah railway station and then walking through the town and back through the national park to their car (about 5km, allow 2hrs).

    Make sure you take a street map as you will need to negotiate your way through urban streets surrounding the park.

    Staying safe

    • Never walk alone—if something happens to you someone in your group can go for help.
    • Walk to your ability and fitness levels.
    • Supervise children at all times.
    • Carry enough drinking water, mobile phone and insect repellent.
    • Carry a first aid-kit and know how to use it.
    • Wear sturdy, closed-in shoes.
    • Plan to complete your walk before dark.
    • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days. In summer walk at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days.
    • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them.
    • Observe and comply with all regulatory signs.

    Ride safely

    • Always wear a helmet.
    • Avoid riding in large groups.
    • Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
    • Slow down and take care where the tracks meet and when approaching other track users.

    Mountain bike riders—avoid skidding and sliding around turns. Collision and personal injury may result.

    Horse riders—help reduce your impact on this section of the SEQ Horse Trail Network by:

    • Riding only on formed roads and trails designated for horse riding.
    • Not allowing horses to enter or remain in or near natural watercourses. Cross natural watercourses at designated crossing points only.
    • Not allowing horses to graze on vegetation.
    • Tethering horses at hitching sites or resting areas only for short periods to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
    • Ensuring horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds before entering the park to avoid spreading weeds.

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

    Before you visit

    Camping, domestic animals (other than horses), fires, motorbikes and unauthorised vehicles are not permitted in the park.

    Essentials to bring

    • Bring adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone.
    • For walking, wear sandshoes or similar sturdy closed-in shoes, sunscreen and a hat.
    • A torch is useful for looking around the old rail tunnel.

    Opening hours

    For your safety, visit Dularcha National Park in daylight hours only.

    Permits and fees

    An organised event permit may be needed for planned large group activities in this area.

    Pets

    Domestic animals are not permitted in Dularcha National Park, except for horses and they are permitted only on the Tunnel track, Tunnel by-pass track and Roses circuit track.

    Climate and weather

    This area has a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 18 to 28 degrees Celsius in summer and 11 to 20 degrees Celsius in winter. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available at Landsborough, Mooloolah and other towns in the region. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.