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Dundas Road to Hammermeister Road (D'Aigular National Park)

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by Roz Glazebrook (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published July 31st 2021
An exciting walk with wind roaring through the trees
We met early at Jolly's Lookout on Mount Nebo on a recent Sunday morning before driving to Dundas Road, Mt Glorious to begin our day walk. Mt Glorious is 38 kilometres north west of Brisbane city in D'Aguilar National Park.

Nice track
Nice track


Creek crossing
Creek crossing


It was a very windy morning and some of the walkers were worried about limbs falling on their cars. I was more worried about tree limbs falling on me later in the day when we climbed up the tracks with strong winds buffering us as we struggled up the steep hills.

Flowering wattle
Flowering wattle


Sunrise at Jolly's Lookout
Sunrise at Jolly's Lookout


We drove in convoy to our start at Dundas Road, where we left the cars and began walking. We walked up past the Mt Nebo Road transfer station along old bush roads. The transfer station is 1.5km north west of Manorina.

Getting steep
Trail getting steep


We passed the Dundas Road remote bush camp after a few kilometres. There were a few tents there and it looked like a nice campsite close to the road. It would be good for people trying out their through walking gear, or for families with young children who couldn't walk too far. This campsite is the most accessible campsite in the National Park. You do need to book a campsite through the National Park website.

Beautiful Staghorn
Beautiful Staghorn


There was a long descent through a beautiful wet eucalypt forest along a wide fire trail where we could walk side by side. It was fairly slippery, so you do need boots with good grip and walking poles were very useful, especially later in the day when we had to go up very steep hills.

Fallen branches
Fallen branches


Our walk began and ended near the T intersection of Hammermeister and Mount Nebo Rd. See the map here.

Up and up
Up and up


The first few hours of our walk was fairly easy but after stopping for morning tea by the creek, the tracks started to get steeper and longer.

Nice palms
Nice palms


Some trees had already fallen down across the track by the wind so we were a bit concerned about the possibility of more falling branches. It was pretty adventurous climbing up with the strong winds roaring around us.

More hills
More hills


Grass trees
Grass trees


I was told this was part of Section 1 of the Oxfam walk. I really admire those people who do the whole 100-kilometre walk in one go to raise money for charity. I have sponsored other walkers to do it, but I don't think I could do it in one go. I have done about 4 sections, but as separate day walks.

Branch Creek Sign
Branch Creek Sign


Looking down
Looking down


We walked about 17 kilometres on our walk, which was enough for me for one day. It was a good training walk and there were some lovely sections with flowering wattle, staghorns and grass trees. There were no other people around and I really enjoyed the walk, although it was challenging on those hills in that roaring wind.

Bush track
Bush track


Over or under
Over or under
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Why? A nice challenging bushwalk
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Where: Dundas Road, D'Aguilar National Park
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I admire your stamina Roz, that looked like a rugged trail and 17 kms in one day is a massive achievement. I was quite surprised to see the staghorn growing on the ground.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9023) 56 days ago
love the sunrise photi Roz. another great story
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3217) 53 days ago
Another great walk. Thanks Roz. Despite the wind !!
by hdona (score: 2|267) 55 days ago
love the sunrise photi Roz. another great story
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3217) 53 days ago
The Section we walked was actually Section 2 of the Oxfam walk, not Section 1
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 2|755) 55 days ago
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