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D'Aguilar National Park

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D'Aguilar National Park

Escape from the city to remote gorges and subtropical rainforest, expanses of eucalypt woodland and spectacular views—all at Brisbane’s doorstep.

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Be thrilled on a Wild Encounter activity at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.
Be thrilled on a Wild Encounter activity at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre. Tomek Z Genek © Queensland Government
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Blanketing the hills and mountains near Brisbane, D'Aguilar National Park is the perfect place for a day trip or weekend away. Walk through open eucalypt woodlands, scribbly gum forests and lush subtropical rainforests, take a refreshing plunge in creeks and waterholes, tackle an exhilarating ride or drive, or camp for the night.

Start your adventure at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, where staff can help you plan your park visit. Drop into the Wildlife Centre and be delighted by the playful antics of some of Queensland’s incredible animals.

Set out on a scenic drive up the mountain range, stopping to enjoy long lunches in peaceful picnic areas, nature-filled walks, and stunning lookout points. Protecting over 800 species of plants, the park showcases a striking diversity of landscapes.

Fire up a barbecue at Jollys Lookout and enjoy breathtaking views over Samford Valley, or take a magical rainforest walk among strangler figs and climbing vines from Boombana. Listen for the calls of bowerbirds, wompoo fruit-doves, bellbirds and yellow-tailed cockatoos.

If you’re after trail adventure, saddle up your horse or pedal out for a bushland ride on the mountain bike trail network and horseriding trail network. With trails crisscrossing the entire southern section of the park, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Prepare for trail-bike and 4WD adventure on the 4WD and trail-bike road network in the park’s northern section. Discover the remains of an antique sawmill in The Gantry, or head to Rocky Hole track for a tranquil rock pool swim. Keep your eyes out for great barred frogs and spiny crayfish that live in the mountain streams.

Pitch your tent at Neurum Creek, or the more remote Archer camping area, and listen at night to the screeching calls of yellow-bellied gliders and short-eared possums in the tall, open forest.

Keep discovering

Top things to see and do

Sit around the camp fire and look for nocturnal wildlife.

D'Aguilar's camping areas

See D'Aguilar's bush camps and camping areas.

For a scenic 4WD adventure with sensational views, explore the Western Escarpment forest drive.

D'Aguilar's journeys

See D'Aguilar's walks, drives and rides.

The Gantry shelter is a legacy of the huge timber sawmill that operated here until 1981.

D'Aguilar's attractions

See D'Aguilar's day-use areas, lookouts and discovery centre.

Getting there and getting around

D'Aguilar National Park stretches between 10km and 70km north-west of Brisbane's city centre, and is comprised of two distinct sections.

  • A 4WD or trail bike is recommended for unsealed roads beyond The Gantry in the North D'Aguilar section.
  • All other access roads are sealed roads suitable for conventional vehicles.

South D'Aguilar section

South D'Aguilar section is easily accessible from Brisbane, about 10–55km (15–95mins) by road from the city centre.

  • Sealed roads suitable for conventional vehicles provide access to most attractions and trails in South D'Aguilar section.
  • All bush camps except North Kobble are accessible on foot or by mountain bike. North Kobble bush camp is walk in only.
  • From the Brisbane suburb of The Gap, take Mount Nebo Road (tourist route number 8) and turn left into Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, or continue up the range to explore the park.

North D'Aguilar section

North D'Aguilar section extends north to near Woodford, about 70–90km (75–90mins) by road from Brisbane city.

  • A 4WD or trail bike is recommended for Lovedays Road and Neurum Creek Road, to access Rocky Hole, Mills rainforest walk and the camping areas from both park entrances. All other roads in this section require a 4WD.
  • To access the park from the southern entrance, travel via Dayboro and drive 20km along Mount Mee Road (tourist route number 29). Turn left into Sellin Road and drive 4km to the southern park entrance. This access road up The Gantry is suitable for conventional vehicles.
  • If you are travelling from the north, turn off the D'Aguilar Highway just before Woodford onto Neurum Road and drive 9km. Turn left into Stanton Road and drive for 2.5km following the road as it veers right. Turn right onto Rasmussen Road and drive 5km to the northern park entrance.
  • The speed limit on roads in North D'Aguilar section is 50km/hr unless otherwise specified.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Road conditions

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available from Dayboro and D’Aguilar townships in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Wheelchair access

There are wheelchair-accessible facilities at the following locations:

Car parking space

Toilets

Picnic areas

Walking tracks

Camping

From family-friendly tent camping to remote camp sites that can only be reached on foot, D'Aguilar National Park offers a range of camping options.

See camping areas

Other accommodation

Guided tours and talks

Wildlife Centre

In the Wildlife Centre you can view wildlife in natural exhibits that replicate their actual habitat. It is almost as good as seeing them ‘in the wild’! Be astounded by South East Queensland’s biodiversity!

The centre is home to reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and mammals. Glimpse some of our shy nocturnal animals in the nocturnal-house and encounter some of our rarer native animals, such as the common wombat and the centre’s most famed attraction the platypus in the Gondwana Platypus Rockpool.

You are guaranteed to leave with a renewed sense of wonder about our native wildlife and a better understanding of their conservation value and perhaps even ways you can help.

Gondwana Platypus Rockpool

Step back in time to Southeast Queensland’s ancient rainforests—the Gondwana Platypus Rockpool—home to the platypus. This new display is inspired by the spectacular national parks that form the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and offers a wonderful opportunity to view this most elusive mammal up-close and personal.

Watch in wonder as our platypus dives for crayfish and worms before returning to the surface to play and preen on his favourite rock ledge.

When you arrive at the Information Centre make sure you check at the front counter for daily feeding times so you can enjoy a ranger–led feeding presentation and learn more about this incredible mammal.

Opening hours and admission prices

The Wildlife Centre is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm, seven days a week, with the exception of Christmas Day. The centre is open from 1.30pm on ANZAC Day.

Admission prices for the Wildlife Centre are:

TicketPrice (single visit)
Adult $7.85
Concession (tertiary students, pensioners, concession card holders) * $5.35
Children (4 to 17 years inclusive) $3.75
Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) $19.90

* Valid card must be presented at time of purchase.

Fees and charges are updated on the first of July every year and are subject to change without notice.

Contact details

Phone: (07) 3164 3600
Email: walkaboutcreek@des.qld.gov.au

Walking

From short strolls through cool rainforests and escarpment tracks with stunning views, to challenging day-long hikes, D'Aguilar National Park has something for everyone. Walkers can also access a number of forest trails throughout the range.

Map of walking tracks

Picnicking

Picnic spots are dotted all the way up the D'Aguilar Range in both South and North D'Aguilar sections. Whether you're looking for something close to the city or further afield, opportunities abound.

Map of picnic tables/facilities

Viewing wildlife

Venture through dry and wet sclerophyll forests, eucalypt woodland, subtropical rainforest, rocky outcrops and freshwater systems, in search of over 200 species of native animals that live in this park. Some commonly-sighted wildlife include wompoo fruit-doves, white-browed scrubwrens, yellow-tailed black-cockatoos, land mullets, carpet pythons and red-necked wallabies.

For a close-up look at some amazing native animals, visit the Wildlife Centre at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.

Cultural and historic sites

There are fragments of the region's history scattered throughout the park, from timber-getting to gold mining.

  • Read more about the park's history.

Map of historic sites

Mountain biking and cycling

Challenge yourself on a forest trail ride in the South D'Aguilar section of the park.

Horseriding

A leisurely ride through the park on horseback is a great way to experience the beauty of the bush. Horseriding is permitted on specified forest trails, mostly in the southern part of the park.

Four-wheel driving and scenic driving

North D'Aguilar section provides some great 4WD opportunities. Vehicles are allowed on all forest drives and unsealed roads in the North D'Aguilar section unless otherwise signed.

  • Read more about the 4WD trails in park.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Trail-bike riding

The forest roads in North D'Aguilar section are also available to trail bike riders.

Canoeing and kayaking

Glide across the waters of the Enoggera Reservoir and take in the unfolding landscape.

Swimming

D'Aguilar National Park provides several opportunities for a freshwater dip. For your safety, do not jump or dive into waterholes. Be aware that you enter the water at your own risk.

Fishing

Throw a line in from the banks of the Enoggera Reservoir at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.

  • You can fish outside the designated swimming and paddle craft area. See Seqwater for more information.
  • Read about fishing with care in the park.

When to visit

Opening hours

  • D'Aguilar National Park is open 24 hours a day.
  • Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre (including the Information Centre and Wildlife Centre) is open from 9am to 4.30pm seven days a week, with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day. The centre is open from 1.30pm on ANZAC Day.
  • Enoggera Reservoir is open from 6am to 6pm every 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

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre

Camping permits

Organised events

  • 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.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.

Wi-Fi

Connect to our QldParks Wi-Fi at the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre.

Tourism information

Brochure

Download this brochure and take it with you:

Information provided in this guide is correct at the time of printing. Check park alerts for the latest details.

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • 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 safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.
  • 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.

Open fires

  • You can have a fire in the fire rings provided at Maiala, Archer camping area and Neurum Creek camping area.
  • Open fires are not allowed in other areas.
  • Some day-use areas have wood-fired barbeques. If you plan on using them, please bring your own clean, milled firewood.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Drinking water

Camping

Walking

Cycling

Horseriding

Driving

  • The roads in North D'Aguilar section are closed after heavy rain.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
  • Read trail bike ride with care for tips on riding safely and riding with care.

Boating and fishing

  • You can only use non-motorised paddle craft on the Enoggera Reservoir.
  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Around water

  • Never dive or jump into water as it may be shallow or have submerged hazards.
  • Please use sound judgment and supervise your children at all times.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

Natural environment

D'Aguilar National Park boasts a variety of habitat types, including dry and wet sclerophyll forests, eucalypt woodland, subtropical rainforest, rocky outcrops and freshwater creeks, where more than 200 species of native animals can be found.

  • Platypuses can be sighted along permanently-watered creeks and waterholes.
  • The Mount Glorious spiny crayfish Euastacus setosus is endemic to the park and found only in one creek system near Mount Glorious.
  • The spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus, a once common, carnivorous marsupial in the D'Aguilar Range, has not been sighted for many years.
  • Broad-leaved spotted gum Corymbia henryi, has a very limited distribution in South East Queensland but is common within the park.
  • Other threatened plants, such as the vulnerable bopple nut Macadamia ternifolia and the endangered native shrub Corchorus cunninghamii are also found within the park.
  • Request a species list to see what plants and animals have been recorded here.

Culture and history

Sacred country

D'Aguilar Range and the surrounding areas hold significant cultural value for a number of Traditional Owner groups.

The eucalypt forest, rainforest pockets and creeks provide food, medicine and many other resources. Sacred sites include artefact scatters, bora rings, dreaming trails and traditional pathways.

A changing land

The first Europeans to enter the D'Aguilar Range area were farmers and timber-getters in the 1840s. Much of the country around the range was cleared for farming. Giant red cedar and hoop pine trees were felled and used as timber to build houses that still stand in Brisbane today.

Around the 1860s, gold prospectors staked their claims on quartz-bearing rock in the hope of striking it rich. Despite their hard work, the mines produced only small amounts of gold and were abandoned in the 1950s. Remains of gold mine shafts can still be seen in the park today along the Golden Boulder track at Bellbird Grove.

The earliest timber reserves were gazetted in 1918 and extensive logging of hardwoods took place after World War II. In 1930, Maiala National Park was declared—the first national park in the D'Aguilar Range. Declaration of other national parks followed, including Jollys Lookout (1938), Manorina (1949) and Boombana (1950). McAfees and Camp Mountain lookouts were constructed in the 1970s.

In 1977, through a partnership between the community, Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, the visionary concept of a 'park for the people' was born. This alliance was established to protect this expansive bushland area and preserve its values for the future.

Our objective is to take advantage of the eminently suitable stretch of country for the benefit (relaxation and enjoyment) of the public …

Brisbane Forest Park Bill 1977

The declaration of D'Aguilar National Park in 2009 marked another important chapter in ensuring the park remain a place where people can walk, ride and appreciate the natural beauty of the bush at Brisbane's doorstep.

Last updated: 26 July 2019
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