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Thylogale Walking Trail, Mount Nebo

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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.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
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.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Lacebark tree beautiful flower. Photo by Author.


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.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
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.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Red necked pademelon. Photo by Author.


Originally settled by timber cutters, approx 1870, D'Aguilar National Park was declared a national park in 1977.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
In the forest it is possible to see many of the stumps of the trees that have been cut down. The hole in the stump is where the plank was inserted to support the tree logger. Photo by Author.


Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jolly Lookout,
Walking along the trail. Photo by Author.


Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Interesting features in the forest. Photo by Author.


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.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Walking Stick Palm, understorey palm with edible red fruit. Photo by Author.


Trees with big buttresses are common in the rainforest.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Photo by Author.


Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Strangler Fig. Photo by Author.


Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jolly Lookout,
The vines managed to climb on top of the tree for sunlight. Photo by Author.


At the end of the Thylogale Trail, you can follow the road on the hill for the Jolly Lookout.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jolly Lookout,
Views from the Jollys Lookout, an autumn day. Photo by Author.


Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jolly Lookout,
Views from the Jollys Lookout, a summer day. Photo by Author.


Then you return to the trail and you can complete the Egernia Circuit.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jolly Lookout,
Thylogale Trail connects with Egernia trail. Photo by Author.


The Egernia Trail is well kept and maintained: it has bridges and boardwalks.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Photo by Author.


Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
A small bridge on the Egernia Trail. 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.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jolly's Lookout,
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.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
On the way to the Cafe. Photo by Author.


Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
A lovely outdoor area at Cafe in the Mountains. Photo by Author.


Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Photo by Author.


Make sure to return to the Boombana Picnic area by the same trail in the forest parallel to the road. The road is narrow and winding and it is not very safe for pedestrians.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Photo by Author.


Below is the photo of the map with the Thylogale Trail connecting with Egernia Trail, Jolly's Lookout and the trail parallel to Mount Nebo Rd to Mountain Cafe.

Thylogale Trail, Mount Nebo, D'Aguilar National Park, Café in the Mountains, Egernia Trail, Jollys Lookout,
Map of the trails. Photo by Author.


Mount Nebo Road is a scenic drive winding in the forest of the D'Aguilar National Park. Take care driving since there are few blind bents.

Related article by Cris:
www.weekendnotes.com/cafe-in-the-mountains-mount-nebo


Reference:
https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/daguilar
www.sgaonline.org.au/edible-and-useful-walking-stick-palm
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The title of this article suggests the walk is at Mt Mee when it is really Mt Nebo.
Otherwise well described.
by balma (score: 0|3) 27 days ago
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