If you are looking for a short weekend getaway not far out of Brisbane then do we have a couple options for you. If you have not been to these before or even if you have but not for some time then we urge you to throw the swag in or hook up the van and escape the hustle and bustle for a few days in one of these ideal weekend or mid week bush getaways.
Located approximately 50km north of Toowoomba, Crows Nest National Park is a gem in the mountains. Easily accessed off the highway the park covers some spectacular granite country scenery. Crows Nest Creek traverses the steep mountain landscape becoming evident at Crows Nest Falls which can be viewed from a lookout along a 2km return walking track. Other highlights of this relatively unknown park include many rock pools along the creek along with outstanding mountain scenery particularly at Valley of the Diamonds which can all be accessed via delightful walking tracks that traverse the park.
There is a well laid out camping area in the park complete with a donkey hot water system for those who like the creature comforts of a hot shower at the end of the day.
Moving closer to Brisbane and set in sub tropical rainforest of the Brisbane Ranges lies D’Agular National Park. This has long been a popular getaway spot for many city dwellers and for good reason. The northern section of the park located to the south west of Woodford can be easily accessed from Mount Bee with conventional vehicles able to get as far as “The Gantry” Picnic Area, once a working saw mill site.
For those wishing to spend a night or two in these lush ranges you have a couple options. Neurum Creek Camping Area is hidden deep within the northern section of the park and is positioned not far from the crystal clear creek amidst tall rainforest although a 4wd is recommended to access this site.
At the far north entrance to the park is Archer Camping Area which can be accessed with a conventional vehicle via Woodford. A drive through the park is a must but again a 4wd is recommended to traverse the rough tracks.
One drive that we would recommend in D’Agular is the Western Escarpment Forest Drive, a 13km loop with stunning lookouts across to Lake Somerset and Lake Wivenhoe.
Along with scenic drives there are also several scenic walks that just beg to don the hiking boots. One of these is the Mill Rainforest Walk and as the name suggests traverses stunning ancient rainforest in a secluded gully.
If you really like to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a night to two and don’t want to spend half your time travelling to get there then take a look at D’Agular National Park. It is a beautiful and stunning part of Queensland not far outside of its capital.