I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published June 27th 2019
Northbrook Mountain is in the D'Anguilar National Park south west of Mount Glorious near Brisbane. I went on a bushwalk there recently. Lawnton Road is on the left after the Maiala day use area and past the Western Window.
We parked our cars at the Lawnton Road gate and walked down the picturesque forestry road for about two kilometres. It is a nice dirt road to walk down, with lots of nice rainforest, birds and some views. It is mostly downhill.
The track up to the mountain leaves from the left side of Lawnton Road. There used to be beehives there at the turn off to the track, but the beehives were not there on our recent trip. Luckily our leader knew where the track started. We ascended to the top of the Northbrook Mountain ridge and traversed the ridge to Northbrook Mountain, stopping for morning tea along the way.
After we left Lawnton Road, the track started to get very steep which got my heart racing. I had started out walking in long zip off trousers and a long sleeved shirt over my tee shirt because it was a cold winter's morning, but by the time I reached the top of the first ridge, I was very hot. When we stopped for a rest, I zipped off my trouser legs and took off my shirt, which made the rest of the walk much more comfortable.
We had a rest at the Northbrook Mountain remote bush campsite before climbing to the top of the 659 metre Northbrook Mountain. It would be a beautiful spot to camp overnight there. The campsite is only a short 10 to 15 minute walk from the mountain summit. It could be challenging carrying all your camping gear back up Lawnton Road. People can book a campsite through National Parks online. You do need to take your own stove as no fires are allowed. Camping fees are $6.44 per person per night.
There are no toilets there, so you need to carry a trowel and bury your waste and carry out all your rubbish. We didn't see any toilet paper around the campsite, but other people have complained about it.
You could get to the campsite an easier way by walking down to the water tank, and turning left up England Creek Road for about a kilometre. There are signs to the campsite. It is about five kilometres to the campsite going this way.
There is water in the water tank, but it would be best to treat it if you wanted to use it. On our day walk, we had all carried enough water, although one man said he drank four litres and was running out on the way back up the steep road.
After reaching the top of the mountain, we walked back down through the bush to England Creek Road and followed it back to Lawnton Road, past a large water tank. We did see a youngish couple near the water tank carrying a heap of camping gear. They looked very overloaded with heavy looking bits and pieces. I don't think they will be too keen to go camping again by the time they get back to their car.
On the way back, we did a short detour up to 465 m Eagle's Nest where we had lunch. Then we started the long hard slog back up Lawnton Road to the cars. The weather was a lot hotter by then, and the road was long and steep.
We were all very happy to get to the cars and head off to the bakery in Samford for coffee and cake.
I enjoyed the walk. I had been to Eagle's Nest several times before on the way down to Northbrook Gorge, but this was my first time to Northbrook Mountain, and the first time I had walked back up Lawnton Road. We did it in winter. It would be a lot harder in summer. I would like to go back one day and camp overnight at the bush camp. I will make sure I have very lightweight camping gear though and do it in winter.
I enjoyed reading this as well as your many others.
I also haven't been up Northbrook Mt but have done Eagles nest and Northbrook gorge, which is one of my favourite summer swim through hikes especially after a lot of rain.
Keep up the good work Roz as I'm sure many love reading your articles as much as I do.