D'Aguilar Range National Park

sights / Parks & gardens

Lonely Planet review

Brisbanites suffering from suburban malaise satiate their wilderness cravings at this 35,000-hectare park in the D’Aguilar Range, 10km north of the city centre. Comprising both South D’Aguilar and Mt Mee, it’s a great area for bushwalking, cycling, horse riding, camping and scenic drives. At the park entrance the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre has information about camping and maps of the park. If you plan to camp, keep in mind that it is bush camping, without any facilities: campers need to obtain permits prior to arrival by telephone or online. Note, these are remote, walk-in camp sites, and you need to hike between 1km and 10km to reach them.

The bird life is a big lure here and it’s a beautiful spot for a barbecue. There are walking trails ranging from a few hundred metres to 13km, including the 6km Morelia Track at Manorina day-use area and the 5km Greene’s Falls Track at Mt Glorious.

Beside the visitor centre is Walkabout Creek , a wildlife centre where you can see a resident platypus up close, as well as turtles, green tree frogs, lizards, pythons and gliders. There’s also a small but wonderful walk-through aviary. It’s an outstanding alternative to a zoo.

To get here catch bus 385 , which departs from Roma St Station hourly from 10.22am to 3.22pm (services start at 8.47am on weekends). The bus stops outside the visitor centre, and the last departure back to the city is at 4.48pm (3.53pm on weekends). There are two park walks (1.5km and 5km) available from the visitor centre; other walks are a fair distance away, so you’ll need your own transport.