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Dularcha National Park

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by Michelle MacFarlane (subscribe)
Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys. See my parenting articles at www.brisbaneschild.com.au and www.kidsonthecoast.com.au.
Published September 15th 2018
A heritage tunnel and mountain views
I thought I knew most of the national parks close to Brisbane but I discovered a new one recently, complete with an intriguing tunnel to walk through -- Dularcha National Park near Landsborough.

About 90km north of Brisbane, Dularcha isn't the prettiest park I've walked in, but it's a good option if you want to do a reasonably strenuous walk and you've done all the others in the region.

I walked with a group and we used the National Parks' map to piece together a walk of around 9km that took us a couple of hours.

We started from the main parking lot which you can find at the end of Cunningham Avenue at Landsborough. The start of the Tunnel Track is right next to it, so we walked the 15 minutes or so to reach the heritage tunnel that is probably the park's most interesting feature.

Built in 1891, it was originally a rail tunnel but the railway line is long gone. It's relatively short and we didn't see the bat colony that apparently roosts there seasonally (we walked in September), but it was still interesting.

The rest of the walk was on tracks that looked like fire trails, which walkers share with mountain-bike riders and the occasional horse-rider. The tracks were well-formed clay and gravel surfaces that were easy to walk on, if not that pretty.

Beware though -- there are some long, steep gradients here. In our walk, we had probably five such stretches, tough enough to leave us panting at the top and needing to rest to get through them.

I've only done this one walk, but others in our group said most tracks are similar.

In return, we did see some nice mountain views from our final crest, though powerlines and trees did also feature there.

As for the vegetation, there were some pretty stretches and some lovely native wildflowers in bloom, but this is also a park that seems to be battling weeds throughout much of it.

If I don't sound over-enthused, it's because I wasn't - as I said, this is far from the most appealing park in the area.

On the other hand, if you want to challenge yourself to a strenuous walk, see the heritage tunnel, and conquer some hills, it could be for you.

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Why? For some exercise and a little trip to the past
When: Best in cooler months
Where: Cunningham Avenue, Landsborough
Cost: Free
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