Once the site of a thriving timber sawmill, this day-use area is now the gateway to exploring the northern section of D'Aguilar National Park.
Discover a large shed, the legacy of a sawmill that operated here from the 1930s, when bullock teams and boilers ran the steam engine, right through to 1981. The shed was added in the 1950s to house an overhead gantry crane and its supports.
Pack a picnic or fire up the barbecue and enjoy a relaxed lunch in the spacious, grassy picnic area. If you're feeling energetic, both the Piccabeen walk and Somerset trail start and finish opposite the picnic area.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
From the south
You can park in the car park, which includes a wheelchair-accessible space.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available from Dayboro and D’Aguilar townships in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
There are wheelchair-accessible toilets, picnic tables and car park spaces. Assistance may be required.
When to visit
The Gantry 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.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Generally available. 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.
- If you plan on using the wood-fired barbecues, please bring your own clean, milled firewood as firewood can't be collected from the park.
- Open fires are not allowed.
- Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Rainwater, stored in tanks, supplies the taps in this day-use area. We recommend you bring your own drinking water.
- Treat all water before use.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.