Brisbane Trail Ultra is located in the Brisbane’s Hinterland is set on over 36,000 hectares of D’Aguilar National Park and Brisbane State Forest. The Brisbane Forest starts only 5 kilometres west of Brisbane’s CBD. Mount Coot-Tha is nestled in eucalyptus forest, just behind the city and is known as the start of our natural playground. This means you can be totally immersed in the Southern End of the D’Aguilar National Park on top of Mount Nebo with rare pockets of sub-tropical rain forests, stunning views of Moreton Island, the Glass House Mountains and be only a 30-minute drive from your inner-city hotel.
The Brisbane Trail Ultra course is fortunate enough to include such an expanse of protected National Park, with pockets of rare pristine virgin rainforests, of strangling Watkins Figs, Hoop and Bunya pines between Jolly’s Lookout and Boombana at Mount Nebo. Here, if you are quiet you will spot Pademelons, Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos, Kookaburras and Satin Bowerbirds. Listen as you run and you’ll hear the forest move around you. You will also experience eucalyptus forest, grass trees, silky oaks where the echidnas and wallabies roam at night. If you’re quiet you might spot a dingo or hear them howling.
Travel further up the D’Aguilar mount range to Mount Glorious for more lookouts at West Ridge and Western Window. These give stunning views of Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams, Lake Manchester and the Main range with Flinders Peak and Mount Barney. At Mount Glorious you’ll also be immersed in magnificent sub-tropical rainforest and stands of hoop pine. In the quaint Mount Glorious Township, you can grab a coffee and explore walking trails, have a picnic and enjoy the view out to Moreton Island across Moreton Bay.
The D’Aguilar National Park extends onwards north up to Mount Mee. Pass through Dayboro, a little country town with cute cafes, before heading up the breathtaking views to Ocean View and Mount Mee. At Mount Mee you will gain closer views of the Glass House Mountains, the Moreton Bay and its Islands.
The Brisbane Hinterlands also includes water catchment land managed by SEQ Water. Land surrounding Enoggera, Gold Creek Reservoir and Lake Manchester extends the National Park even further southward. These reservoirs are used for recreation activities of kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. Stunning trails circumnavigate these dams and give life to different aquatic flora and fauna like turtles, egrets, ducks, eastern swamp hens, green tree snakes and pythons.
For more information on the Park including an interactive map, see the Queensland Government D’Aguilar National Park website.