Escape the city and reconnect with nature in the D’Aguilar National Park. The park is divided into two sections – South D’Aguilar (formerly Brisbane Forest Park) and Mount Mee (formerly Mount Mee Forest Park and Forest Reserve).
With tracks accessible just 15 to 90 minutes drive from the city centre, D’Aguilar National Park is a great escape from the city. Stop, look and listen and chances are you will discover frogs and crayfish in the steams, owls, possums, snakes and birds of all varieties amid eucalypt woodlands, subtropical rainforest and scribbly gum forests.
There are many ways to explore the expansive park area from guided walks with volunteers and nature walks with a ranger, to horseback riding and mountain bike riding, or simply take a self-drive tour guided by one of the park’s guiding maps.
Numerous lookouts dot the journey, from McAfees Lookout named after the first settlers in the area; Camp Mountain Lookout with views to Moreton Bay and the Glass House Mountains; Jollys Lookout named after Brisbane’s first Lord Mayor, William Jolly; Westridge Outlook with views over Lake Wivenhoe and the Great Dividing Range; and Bulls Falls with views of rainforest pools and rocky outlets.
The South D’Aguilar section has abundant picnic areas and walking tracks and there’s a beautiful scenic drive through eucalypt forest past Mount Nebo township to Mount Glorious. The Mount Mee section at the northern end of the park extends to Woodford and is about 90-minutes drive north west of Brisbane. While all vehicles, including trail bikes, are permitted on all forest drives and unsealed roads in Mount Mee (unless signs indicate otherwise), four-wheel drive vehicles are advised for unsealed roads.
Distance from Brisbane: 10km to 35km north west of Brisbane.
5 things to see and do:
- Join a guided walk or a wildlife encounter with a ranger from the Walkabout Creek visitor information centre (60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap, 12km from Brisbane’s CBD)
- Take a self-guided tour by car or on foot with the help of one of the park’s trail maps
- Take a half-day (or day-long) cycle ride in the foothills around Enoggera Reservoir and the southern section of D’Aguilar range
- Visit the rainforest township of Mount Nebo
- Enjoy the jaw-dropping views at a choice of seven lookouts, such as Falls, Somerset, Westridge and others.