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Somerset Trail at Mount Mee

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by Cris (subscribe)
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Published February 4th 2021
A great hike in the D'Aguilar National Park in a beautiful rainforest with diverse flora and fauna, just about one hour from Brisbane centre.

Somerset Lookout
The amazing views from Somerset Lookout. Photo by Author.

The walk starts at the end of Sellin Rd opposite The Gantry. Park the car at The Gantry Day Use Area.

The hike is 13 km return, allow 4 hours; you need some fitness to enjoy the walk. D'Aguilar National Park website rates the track class 4: the trail has some rough sections, when raining the trail may become muddy. You can hike the trail clockwise or anticlockwise. I prefer hiking in anticlockwise direction. Hike with a friend or in group.

The sign shows the starting point of the Somerset Trail. Photo from the Author
The sign mark the starting point of Somerset Trail and Piccabeen Trail. Photo by Author.

Bring with you lots of water, 2 L, nutritious snacks to eat at the lookouts; hiking gear: hiking boots, medium hiking backpack, long sleeves and long trousers are preferable; hat; first aid kit; insect repellent (cream or roll on); gloves, light raincoat, just in case; phone, maps.

Somerset Walking Trail and Piccabeen Trail has the same start, just opposite the Gantry. Piccabeen Trail is easy walk, 1km circuit, allow 30 minutes. At the head of the two trails, there is a sign.

Somerset Trail is signposted with poles, there is just about a signpost every kilometre.

Somerset trail signposts
There are signposts on the trail. Photo by Author.

Somerset Trail is always beautiful in any season, with the opportunity to spot wildlife, especially birds.

When walking you can observe the different vegetation, going through rainforest, dry sclerophyll forest, piccabeen palms, hoop pines.

Hoop pine trees at Somerset Trail
The plantation of hoop pine trees. Photo by Author.

About halfway on the Somerset Trail, there are a serial of lookouts. You can stop at the lookouts and admire the great views over Somerset dam and Lake Wivenhoe. You can sit and enjoy the fantastic views while having a snack.

Somerset Lookout
What a fantastic views to enjoy with a snack! Photo by Author.

view of Lake Wivenhoe from Somerset Lookout
View of Lake Wivenhoe from Somerset Lookout. Photo by Author.

In spring, Somerset Trail showcases exquisite bushes in bloom. The flowers of the native bushes turn the trail into an enchanted place.

Flowers on Somerset Trail
Beautiful native bushes with flowers. Photo by Author.

Lookout on Somerset trail
A different lookout on Somerset trail. Photo by Author

There also many Golden Banksia, also called Bottle Brush because of their shape.

Banksia bushes on Somerset Trail
Banksia, also called bottle brush for the shape. Photo by Author.

You can't miss the scribbly gums! The eucalyptuses feature scribbles make by moth larvae as they tunnel under the bark.

Scribbly gums at Somerset Trail
Scribbly gum. Photo by Author.

The richness of vegetation on Somerset trail
The variety of vegetation on the trail. Photo by Author.

I hiked Somerset Trail few times, in different seasons and in different weathers. During a storm, the trail turned into a creek, with rainy water flowing by gravity. It was summer rain, myself and my group got drenched but we had fun! A feedback from a hiker was she felt like Lara Croft, a sort of Trail Raider in the mist and in the rain!

Rain on Somerset Trail
Rain on Somerset trail. Photo by Author.

Somerset trail in the rain
Leaves in the rain. Photo by Author.

A bit of history.

When you arrive at The Gantry Day Use Area, you can see a shed with a gantry. The gantry is a structure supporting a crane used to hoist the timber. The area was heavily logged and the Gantry was a busy and noisy sawmill for the production of timbers.

The Gantry
The Gantry. Photo by Author.

Along the Somerset trail, you can come across old stumps with the notches were the loggers would wedge the springboards to be able to cut the trees.

Notches marks on the stumps
Notches on the old stump. Photo by Author.

After the hike is time for some well-deserved refreshments! Drive back onto Sellin Rd, turn right onto Mt Mee Rd and on your right is Pitstop Cafe. It is located at 2070a Mount Mee Rd, Ocean view Qld 4521. It has nice coffee and light refreshments! Pitstop Café is a favourite for motorcycles, cyclers and hikers.

There is plenty of room inside and there are tables outside. The views from the veranda are amazing! The inside has collectables and memorabilia, making the place very interesting and with its own personality!

Pitstop Cafe
Pitstop Cafe has a different interior. Photo by Author.

Directions: from Brisbane there are few ways to get to The Gantry. Travel through Samford Village and Dayboro out Mt Mee Rd, then turn left onto Sellin Rd and into the signposted park.
For a great scenic drive, from Brisbane reach Caboolture, take D'Aguilar Hwy, turn onto Campbells Pocket Rd, turn left onto Mount Mee Rd and turn right onto Sellin Rd. The views of the valleys are breathtaking!

Scenic drive to Somerset trail
Scenic drive. Photo by Author.

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Congrats on another good article Cris.
by May Cross (score: 3|8035) 300 days ago
The hoop pines were photo-friendly, what a great presentation.
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