D’Aguilar National Park is one of Brisbane’s closest off-road destinations and is a great place for a day out on the tracks or a weekend stay anytime of the year.
From Brisbane head into Dayboro, from there travel along Laceys Creek Road which will take you to the southern entrance of the park. Or you can head out of Dayboro via Mount Mee Road and Sellin Road which will take you straight into the main section of the park. Alternatively, the northern entry of the park lies just a few minutes south-west of Woodford. From any direction it is an easy drive on sealed road until you get close to the park boundaries.
There are quite a few tracks to explore, although mostly mild for the experience off-roader. All tracks are marked out well on the park map available from the National Parks website.
For beginners or those just wanting a pleasant drive D’Aguilar is a great spot. The main tracks through the park are well maintained dirt roads, the side tracks don’t get to rough either but there are some very steep sections that will require low range. The camping areas are accessible off the main tracks making them easy to get to.
There are two campsites for vehicle based camping, Neurum Creek and Archer. Neurem Creek camping area lies about 6kms north from the Gantry and is easily accessible via one of the park’s main dirt tracks. The area is nestled amongst the forest trees with separately defined sites on dirt surface.
Archer camping area is located near the top of the park boundary and is accessible by travelling north through the park or heading south via Rasmussen Road, once off the bitumen there is only about 1km of dirt road to the camp area. Archer provides an open, grassy camping space. Both camping areas have toilets, untreated water and fire pits.
D’Aguilar National Park does not require a vehicle permit, standard National Parks camping fees apply and should be pre-booked.
D’Aguilar National Park is very close to towns where you can get plenty of supplies. Water in the park must be treated before drinking and you must bring your own firewood. Most of the park never sees full sunlight being sheltered by the bush canopy. In winter months expect chilly mornings & evenings as well as it remaining cool throughout the day.
Things to do
There are enough tracks to fill your day with driving and there are a couple of stops worthwhile to break up the day. Somerset lookout provides some fantastic views out to the west overlooking Lake Somerset. The Gantry is a popular spot for day-trippers, it provides amenities, picnic tables, BBQ’s and there’s plenty of open, grassy space for kids to run around. Rocky Hole is a great place to cool off in the summer months and is a great stop after rain to watch the water cascade over the rocks.
If you’re an experienced four-wheeler there is limited driving that will excite you, but the area still provides a pleasant day out in the bush. For beginners the park is a great place to get to know your cars low range ability. We give D’Aguilar a 2/5.
Trail Map www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/daguilar/pdf/mount-mee-trail-map.pdf
Permit Booking phone 13 74 68 or www.parks.nprsr.qld.gov.au/permits
Nearby Bellthorpe National Park