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Published February 11th 2021
An excellent short hike in the forest of D'Aguilar National Park, Brisbane backyard.
The trail is 4.5 km return, allow 2 hours; it is classified by the National Park Grade 3: this means the track is signposted, may have rough surfaces, steps and some short steep sections, some hiking experience required.
Aspect of the Greenes Trail, a fallen log on the trail has been cut to make sure the people get through. Photo by Author.
I have hiked this trail a few times and it is very enjoyable meandering in the forest between huge trees and spotting wildlife. There is a small waterfall at the end of the boardwalk, which flow relies on the rains.
At the end of the boardwalk there is a little waterfall. You can watch the waterfall safely from the trail. Photo by Author.
Put on hiking boots, long trousers and shirt with long sleeves; bring a medium day backpack with 2 L of water, snacks; light raincoat just in case, first aid kit; and phone. Hike with a friend, family or in a group.
The hike starts at Maiala carpark, 31 Mount Glorious Qld 4520.
The sign with all the trails clearly marked. Photo by Author.
Once you have returned from Greenes Falls, you can add the Western Window track, 1.2 km return, allow 40 minutes, the trail is very easy.
The Western Window Track starts from the top of Maiala day-use area, on the south side of Mount Glorious Road and runs along the escarpment to the Western Window. Here there is a lookout overlooking to the west.
The views from the Western Window. Photo by Author.
If you are going back to Brisbane, travel onto Mount Nebo Rd and stop at Café in the Mountains. This is a delicious place, with seats on the back veranda, indoor and outside, in a relaxing atmosphere where the café looks like a house than a business.
Café in the Mountains is at 1863 Mount Nebo Rd, Mount Nebo QLD 4520.
An aspect of Cafe in the Mountains. Photo by Author.
In 1930 Maiala was declared the first national park in the D'Aguilar Range. Declaration of other national parks followed, including Jollys Lookout (1938), Manorina (1949) and Boombana (1950). Camp Mountain lookout was constructed in the 1970s.
Originally cleared for a timber mill, Maiala is now a spacious and peaceful place to visit. Some machinery and remnant hoop pine plantation remain as evidence of Maiala's loud and laborious past.