D’AGUILAR NATIONAL PARK
North west of Brisbane
D’Aguilar National Park, (formerly called Brisbane Forest Park) sprawls over 36,000ha and is truly a hidden gem nestled on our back door step. Take the time to explore all the subtropical rainforests, woodlands and walking tracks and on the way home, take the scenic route, there are so many breathtaking views of the ranges that spread for miles, you won’t want to miss them.
D’Aguilar National Park is packed full of adventure opportunities for you legends of all sizes: horse riding & mountain bike trails, 4WD driving tracks, hiking trails including some with secluded walk in only camping spots, rock pools for having a dip and plenty of walking tracks for all ages. Pack a picnic and spend the day or load up the swag and make the most of the weekend.
The National Park is split into two sections, North D’Aguilar and South D'Aguilar. The North section covers the driving trails, camping facilities and walking tracks and the South section around the Samford valley area covers walking tracks and lookout spots like overlooking Lake Wivenhoe.
There are plenty of epic spots here with over 16 walking tracks ranging in length from 700m to 13km, secluded gorges and sun soaked rock pools to explore and dip your toes in - nature at it’s finest! If you're looking for a picnic spot take a drive up to ‘The Gantry’ where there is plenty of room to run and explore and discover the antique sawmill. Somerset lookout is a spot you don’t want to miss overlooking the beautiful Lake Somerset - we could list so many spots but we will let you adventure and decide your favourites.
And, after a day of adventuring there is no better way to end it all than by pitching the tent or swag, and spending the night with loved ones around a cranking campfire - so why not stay the night? There are 2 designated camping areas in D’Aguilar, Archer Camping & Neurum Creek Camping. These spots are quite popular so book online ahead of your trip (Book HERE) - when booking online keep an eye out for the park alerts on the area. This will keep you informed of potential or planned closures of areas or tracks. There are also 8 walk in only camping spots within the national park, these are perfect for the more adventurous and experienced campers are there are n facilities and you will need to take your own.
Nestled in the Mount Mee section this camping spot has 9 allocated sites in a grassy open area. It has access paths down to a great swimming spot in the Neurum Creek, so if the weather’s looking good don’t forget your swimmers. Campfires are permitted in the allocated built in fire pits and it’s important to keep them in those areas too to prevent any fires spreading in such a large woodland area. You will find clean toilets there and even water just make sure to boil it first. Make sure to book ahead online first and head there for a few days to explore the beauty and to soak in the smells and the sounds of the park.
Neurum Creek Camping:
This is a top little spot and perfect for a quick night away. Neurum Creek Camping is a little further down the road from Archer Camping and drops right down into a little black hole of telephone service, so if you need a break from your phone this is your place! It is quite thick of trees so in the cooler months it can be a bit colder without the sun but nothing extra firewood and jackets cant fix. Little tracks weave through the scrub to the running creek making it a perfect little playground for the little legends. We spent the morning in the stillness enjoying our coffee and listening to the birdsongs, money can't buy that serenity! Again, clean toilets and water available. Book ahead, it seems to be a popular little spot!
It’s worth noting too the roads around these areas are very popular with motorbikes doing their weekend runs so please keep an eye out for our mates on the road, especially around the windy stretches.
Have an epic time adventuring D'Aguilar National Park Legends!
Check out this handy guide including maps: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/pdf/daguilar-guide.pdf