Horseriding trail network
Saddle up your horse and explore rugged wilderness with awe-inspiring views on the horseriding trail network in D'Aguilar National Park.
Take a leisurely horseride through the park along shared forest trails and experience the wonders of the bush at Brisbane's back door.
Ride through beautiful valleys and ridges cloaked in sun-dappled forests, impressive towering trees, stands of grass trees, lush subtropical rainforest and expansive vistas to the east and west.
Though there are several bush camps along the trail network, only walkers and mountain bike riders can use these sites.
More detail about the horseriding trail network is provided in the South D'Aguilar forest trail map and the D'Aguilar National Park topographic map, available for purchase from the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre at The Gap.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
Most of the horseriding trail network runs through the South D'Aguilar section of D'Aguilar National Park, between 10km and 35km north-west of Brisbane's city centre. There are a couple of trails in the North D'Aguilar section of the park, about 70km from Brisbane, that are open to horseriders and walkers only.
- Access roads are accessible by 2WD. For more information about accessing the horseriding trails in D'Aguilar National Park please consult the South D'Aguilar forest trail map, Mount Mee forest trail map or obtain a D'Aguilar National Park topographic map from the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.
South D'Aguilar section
- From the Brisbane suburb of The Gap, take Mount Nebo Road (tourist route number 8).
- Turn left into Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre at 60 Mount Nebo Road, or continue along Mount Nebo Road through the park.
- There are many access points to the the trail network accessible from Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre or access roads along Mount Nebo Road.
North D'Aguilar section
- From the township of Dayboro, drive north along McKenzie Street and Lacey Creek Road for 2km.
- To access the southern trail, continue along Lacey Creek and Wirth roads to the park entrance.
- To access the northern trail, turn onto Mount Pleasant Road and drive 4km then follow Mount Brisbane and Chambers roads to the park entrance.
- Parking facilities vary depending on where you choose to access the trail network.
- Most access points don't have a designated car park.
- When parking on the dirt road leading into the park, ensure you leave enough room for Park Rangers to access the gate.
Fuel and supplies
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
When to visit
Horseriding trail network is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
The mountain tops and forest flats of the D'Aguilar Range may experience cooler temperatures and more rainfall than Brisbane city, which enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range in Brisbane city is 22–30°C in summer and 12–22°C in winter.
Permits and fees
- If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
- Horses are allowed on the trail network but we don't allow them in other parts of the park.
- Other domestic animals are not allowed.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.
- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
- In conditions of high fire danger, walking tracks and other areas may be closed. For your safety, follow instructions on signs. If you see a bushfire or any illegal activity, please phone emergency services as soon as possible.
- During times of park closures, please follow any advice from signs or directed by Park Rangers.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
- Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Drinking water is not provided and there is no reliable source of water along this network. We recommend you bring your own drinking water.
- Treat all water before use.
- Sections of the trail network pass through open forest and there are many lengthy climbs up the mountain. We recommend riding these trails during the cooler months of the year.
- Be are that some trails in the park are shared trails for cyclists, walkers and horseriders.
- Bring a compass and topographic map as this area is remote with few signs to guide you.
- Always tell a responsible person of your plans and expected return time so they can contact the police if you are overdue.
- Read horseride with care for tips on riding safety and riding with care.