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Published July 1st 2021
Fun hike with the right challenges
Dularcha National Park features a few trails with different lengths for different levels of fitness. The trails run in eucalypt forest, a riparian area with flooded gums, cabbage tree palms and it provides food and shelter for a diversity of wildlife.
It is possible to see a variety of birds, including white browed scrubwren, emerald dove, pheasant coucal, double-barred finch, red beaked fairy wren, yellow faced honeyeater, spotted pardalote, rufous fantail and scaly breasted lorikeet. The park is also home to koalas, goannas, echidnas and grey kangaroos.
Dularcha National Park includes a historic railway tunnel with was built in 1891. The tunnel was part of the railway connecting Brisbane and Gympie. The 93.5 long curved tunnel is today a refuge for small bats, including the large footed myotis.
Roses Circuit is about 8.8 km return. The trail is classified grade 4, meaning that it requires a certain degree of fitness. The trail is rough, it has steep sections, with few directional signs - bushwalking experience is required.
Hardenbergia violacea, commonly called Happy Wonderer. Photo by Author.
Roses Circuit intersects a few other trails, Connection Track, Ridge Track, Gully Track and Myla Track. Be careful to continue on Roses Trail. Carry a map or a good tracker with you. If you like, you can shorten the hike by doing different combinations of trails.
Dularcha National Park is suitable for walking, horse riding and bike riding. Cyclists and walkers give way to horses and cyclists give way to pedestrians.
What to bring
Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeve, light raincoat, very recommended hiking ankle supportive boots,, first aid kit, insect repellent (it works for leeches - give preference to cream or roll-on as they are more environmentally friendly than the spray), sunscreen, gloves, walking poles if you like to use them and socks protectors or gaiters.
Consider packing some extra clothes and leave them in the car. Pack some clean footwear and socks.
For this hike, consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate the bush.
Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day - 3.0 litres of water and snacks. During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration.
You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.
Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!
Dularcha National Park southern entry is about 90 km from Brisbane. Travel north on the Bruce Highway (M1) and take the Glass House Mountains tourist drive (24) turnoff onto Steve Irwin Way. Follow the signs to the towns of Landsborough and the southern entrance is off Beech Road and Cunningham Avenue.
After the hike, there is a lovely bakery in Landsborough - Buck's Bakery.
Bucks Bakery is an award-winning bakery located in front of Landsborough railway station. The pastries are beautiful, the pies are fantastic and the bread is awesome. Recently Bucks Bakery was voted the best on the Sunshine Coast, making the owners of the hinterland bakery very proud.
The customers of the bakery come from everywhere to enjoy all the delicious food. Hot drinks are also served.
BEST BAKERY REVEALED: The owners of a hinterland bakery whose customers come from far and wide for their pies were proud...