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Published March 22nd 2021
Walking in Mount Nebo - the Thylogale Trail
This is an excellent trail to learn about the rainforest and you don't have to drive too far from Brisbane for a walk. The trail is relatively easy and suitable for families and groups. The D'Aguilar National Park is Brisbane's backyard conserving the precious flora and fauna.
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More. Photo by Author.
Thylogale walking trail meanders in the beautiful rainforest with strangler figs, hoop pines, lacebarks trees and palms. In particular, in summer, the lacebark trees bear their beautiful mauve-pink flowers.
You can start the walk at Jolly Lookout and the gentle walk winds around the side of the mountain to end at Boombana Picnic Area. Otherwise, you can start the trail in the Boombana Picnic area, Mount Nebo, the southern section of the D'Aguilar National Park.
There is carpark available at both starting points.
The track is classified Grade 3 by the National Park, meaning some bushwalking experience is recommended and the track may be rough with junctions signposted.
The trail is an 8 km return, allow three hours of walking time. The trail connects with Egernia Circuit, which is also a Grade 3, 1.5 km circuit - allow an extra 45 minutes walking time.
Starting the trail at Boombana Picnic area. Photo by Author.
Bring a medium day backpack with 1.5 litres of water and snacks. Long sleeves and long trousers are preferable. Put in your backpack first aid kit, insect repellent in form of cream; please avoid the spray, since the aerosol created during the spray is going to spread in the environment.
Bushman cream insect repellent is water-resistant and efficient in fending off sandflies, mosquitoes, ticks, leeches and march flies.
Pack a raincoat, torch, tissues and phone. Wear hiking boots or hiking shoes and make sure they are clean.
Some fitness and some previous experience are required to enjoy the hike. Hike with your family, friends or in a group. Never alone!
The walk is relatively easy, under the canopy of the rainforest trees. It is a peaceful walk and you can hear the sounds of the bellbirds echoing in the forest. It is possible to spot birds and red-necked pademelons.
Along the trail, there are many walking stick palms (Linospadix monostachyos). These palms grow under the canopy of the forest, in dim light and moist conditions.
The plant's common name comes from the strong straight stem, which was harvested post- World War I to make walking sticks for returned wounded soldiers. A comfortable handgrip was carved from the compact root ball found at the base of the stem.
Walking Stick Palm, understorey palm with edible red fruit. Photo by Author.
When I hike with my group, generally we start to walk from the Boombana Picnic area. At the end of Thylogale Trail, we follow the hill to the Jolly Lookout for the spectacular views. On our way back, we hike Egernia Trail and return via Thylogale Trail.
Near the picnic shelter, there is a trail parallel to the road that takes you to Mount Nebo Village, where there is the lovely Cafe in the Mountains. Along the trail, there is a huge strangler fig.
Strangler Fig on the trail to Mount Nebo Village. Photo by Author.
A sign near the strangler fig highlights the importance in protecting the rainforest since it takes years for trees to mature. The strangler fig is 200-400 years old and has an important role in the forest for many of the animals living in Boombana, as well as providing a seed source for new strangler figs.