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Published August 31st 2018
Climb the Golden Boulder
See DAguilar's wildlife up close (by Ltshears / CC BY 3.0)
The D'Aguilar National Park in Brisbane's northeast welcomes over 1.5 million visitors every year. Be greeted with cleansing breezes filtered by a thick canopy of greenery, pristine sandy beaches, rainbows of colourful wildflowers. The noise of the city is replaced with the meditative trickle of waterfalls, birdsong and warbling frogs.
Whichever walk you choose, you'll enjoy it but safety is a top priority.
Ensure you've prepared with supplies – water, snacks, appropriate clothing (hat, long-sleeve shirt, jumper, rainjacket, sunglasses, sturdy walking shoes, long pants (cargo pants are perfect to protect against scratches and carry items in the endless number of pockets)), mobile phone, camera, backpack. Take a map and let a friend know where you're going and when you'll finish.
Each of these walks has seasonal highlights, making return visits just as enjoyable. This selection is in the South D'Aguilar section of the park, only 15 minutes from Brisbane:
Refresh beside DAguilar's streams (by Peter Halasz / CC BY 2.5)
Golden Boulder – 1.8km loop
From Bellbird Grove Road, join the track and trace the steps of miners, long since abandoned after hacking into the literally golden boulders (or nuggets). Their gold fever struck ever deeper into shafts, leaving steep trails for hikers to climb.
Western Window – 600m one-way
Begin on the right road - Mount Glorious Road - for the quick jaunt over the western escarpment, enjoying the panoramic views into the horizon toward Brisbane City. The peak is a treat at dawn or dusk as the colours of the valley change by the minute with the shifting sun.
Westside – 3.2km one-way
Escape the heat amongst the cool ferns and trees of a rainforest. Begin near the start of the Western Window walk. Wind north-west with Mount Glorious Road at your right shoulder. The trail drops sharply as you near the finish line. On the way, scan for Great Barred Frogs and wompoo fruit-doves.
Thylogale – 4km one-way
From Jollys Lookout on Mount Nebo Road, trace the vines twisting around the coarse bark of trees in this arid part of the rainforest. The vines blossom in spring, coating the forest floor with a carpet of glowing wildflowers. On an overcast day, the purple shades are luminescent. The view from Boombana lookout is a worthy reward for your calorie burning.
Greenes Falls – 4.3km loop
Dip into the refreshing pools on this trail, fed by the streams flowing through the rainforest. Ponder the views of Lake Wivenhoe to your left and Brisbane to your right. Once you've cooled off, test your cardio again with a powerwalk back up the hill as you take the alternate fork of the rainforest circuit to return home via Maiala, adjacent to Joyners Ridge Road.