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Augie's Loop Hike D'Aguilar National Park

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by Cris (subscribe)
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Published June 14th 2021
Challenging Hike in the Forest of D'Aguilar National Park
Augie's Loop is a combination of a few trails to form a loop starting at Bullocky Dam. Travel on Mount Nebo Road and the turn off is about 500 m to the west of Jolly's Lookout. Parking is available. Make sure not to park in front of the gate to allow the passage of the rangers and emergency vehicles.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter,
Hiking Augies Loop on a clear cool morning in the D' Aguilar National Park. Photo by Author.


The hike is about 17 km long, so allow five hours. The elevation is about 500 metres. The walk is classified hard for the steepness and for the length. Fitness is required to cope with the challenges of this hike and some hiking experience is recommended. Wear hiking boots or hiking shoes.

From the carpark, follow South Boundary Road for a couple of kilometres, then turn right to Augies Road intersection. The hike is better tackled anticlockwise.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter,
The gate marks the entrance to the D'Aguilar National Park. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter,
The intersection with the Thylogale Trail. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter,
What remains of a tree. Probably the tree was cut in the logging days. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail,
Hikers of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. Photo by Author.


I hiked Augie's Loop with the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. We tackled the trail in an anticlockwise direction. The track is practically downhill until the Cabbage Tree Creek. From there, the trail is uphill. The hike was accompanied by the calls of different birds.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail,
The trail has signs at each intersection. Photo by Author.


Xanthorrhoea is a genus known by the name of grass trees. Xanthorrhoea are endemic iconic plants in Australia. They are perennial and flowering plants, growing very slowly according to the conditions of the environment. Grass trees live very long, up to 350- 450 years old.

Flowers appear on a long spike that can be up to four metres long. The flowers attract a variety of insects including bees. Xanthorrhoea trees are likely to survive in a fire. They can be seen all charred on the outside but inside, they are alive and they keep growing. Sometimes the flowering is stimulated by a bushfire.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea,
Xanthorroea trees along the trail. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea,
The trail is a fire trail, plenty of room. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea,
The turn point from South Boundary Road to Augies Road. Photo by Author.


On Augies Road, walk for about 4 km to the intersection with Creek Road. There is a water tank just before the intersection as a landmark.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea,
The sky on the trail. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea,
The break in the vegetation allows the view of the sky and of the hills of the D' Aguilar National Park. Photo by Author.


Cycads are plants that were very common and diverse in fossil history. Today are considered dinosaur plants and very ornamental in gardens for their perennial green thick foliage.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants,
Cycads are very common to see along the trail in forests. Photo by Author.


It is amazing how skillfully the birds build their nest. From the most simple nest to the most complicated, the nests show it is built in their DNA to prepare a little home for the chicks.

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A little nest probably blown on the trail by the wind. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants,
Little daisies along the trail offering a bright yellow display to the hikers. Photo by Author.


Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer' is a common native Australian plant that produces little purple flowers. This plant is appreciated in the gardens for its green foliage and the flowers appearing in winter.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer',
Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer' along the trail. It is also known as a False Sarsaparilla. Photo by Author.


Balloon cotton plant produces capsules that release fluffy seeds hen open. The plants have been naturalised since it is now food for different Australian wildlife such as butterflies. The plant is native to southeast Africa.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Balloon cotton bush capsules, Gomphocarpus physocarpus. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
The water tank along the trail marks the turn from Augies Road to Creek Road. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Sign with directional information, turn left onto Creek Road. Descend to the creek and from the creek, the trail is going to be uphill. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Cabbage Tree Creek ( East Branch). Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
The trailheads for a steep uphill. Photo by the Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
From the creek, it is 2 km uphill until reaching the intersection of Creek Road and South Boundary Road. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Sign indicating the direction to Gold Creek boundary Break. Photo by Author.


Turn left on Creek Road and walk for about 100 m to the intersection of South Boundary Road. Here turn left onto South Boundary Road. Walk for about 1.6 km to the next intersection with Scrub Road.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
. . The Group Hiking South East Qld and More. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Helena and Alex, hikers of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. Photo by Author.


Continue walking on South Boundary Road, until you come across Scrub Road bush camp with a storm shelter, a water tank and a fireplace with benches.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Scrub Road bush camp with the storm shelter. Photo by Author.


Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Benches to sit around the fire in the camping area. Photo by Author.


Continue walking on South Boundary Road for the remaining 7 km to the carpark.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Just keep walking on South Boundary Road to the carpark. Photo by Author.


After the hike, there are a few options for coffee and refreshments, Cafe in the Mountains is just a few minutes away, 1863 Mount Nebo Rd, Mount Nebo QLD 4520.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Cafe in the Mountains is a favourite for the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. Photo by Author.


Walkabout Creek Cafe is at 60 Mount Nebo Rd, Enoggera Reservoir QLD 4520. It features a great outdoor covered area and it is suitable for big groups.

Tank Stream Social is at 236 South Pine Rd, Enoggera QLD 4051. This place has just been open and it has been built to recreate the same atmosphere of an Italian piazza.

What to bring

Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeve, light raincoat, hiking ankle supportive boots, first aid kit, insect repellent (it works for leeches - give preference to cream or roll-on that are more environmentally friendly than the spray), sunscreen, gloves, walking poles if you like to use them, socks protectors or gaiters.

Consider packing some extra clothes and leaving them in the car. Pack some clean footwear and socks.

For this hike, consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the bush.

Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 4.0 litres of water and snacks. During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration. You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.

Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!

The days prior to the hike make sure to check:

Weather Website www.bom.gov.au

Park Alerts https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range

Road Conditions https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

Directions

The trail starts at South Boundary Road on a dirt road. Then turn off is 500 metres to the west of Jolly's Lookout. Coming from Brisbane drive on Mount Nebo Road and then turn left into South Boundary Road.

Augies Loop Hike, D'Aguilar National Park, Bullockys Dam, Group Hiking South East Qld and More, South Boundary Road, Augies Road, Creek Road, Gold Creek Boundary Break, Scrub Road, Scrub Road Bush Camp, Storm Shelter, Thylogale Trail, Xanthorrhoea, Cycads Plants, Hardenbergia violacea 'Happy Wanderer', balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus,
Augies Loop and elevation graph. Photo from Wikiloc.


Reference

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/daguilar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthorrhoea

www.aboutthegarden.com.au/how-to-grow-prehistoric-cycad

www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/hardenbergia/9426406

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Another great walk for the fit Cris. I'll wait for you where the last photo was taken. It does look like an enjoyable walk.
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