Exploring the route of Brisbane Trailwalker 2018
While conquering this demanding event, discover the rich and varied environments in Brisbane’s backyard! Rugged escarpments covered in eucalypt woodlands and scribbly gum forests are a striking contrast to the lush, rainforest-filled gullies.
By day, forest locals such as bell miner birds and yellow-tailed black-cockatoos watch on as you hike along the trails. At night, fall asleep to frogs calling from mountain streams, while high in the forest yellow-bellied gliders and short-eared possums busily search for their next meal.
Find out more comprehensive details of the trail in the 2018 Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane sections related to each checkpoint below.
Starting your 100km journey at Mount Glorious, you will enjoy lush rainforest, leafy vegetation and banks of moss. The wide fire trails are easy underfoot, but the first 28 kilometres are effectively two lengthy descents, followed by two long ascents into our Bush Checkpoints – Dundas road and Hammermeister road.
On the plus side, the spectacular views of Lake Wivenhoe as you ascend will make up for this being one of the more challenging sections of the trail – and if you’re quiet, you might even see some wallabies or bandicoots!
What goes up, must come down and it’s all downhill in the next section as you make your way to Lake Manchester, our first support crew checkpoint and the 55km start line. Take it slow, and enjoy the spectacular rainforest scenery and native bushlands as you wind your way back into the arms of friends and family, safe in the knowledge that over a third of your journey is done!
55km start onwards
On Saturday morning, after giving the 100km teams a couple of hours head start, 55km teams will loop down towards the Brisbane river before following in the footsteps of the 100km teams. This is the longest section of the trail for all walkers and contains a reasonably short, but very sharp incline up to Scrub road.
Armed with tea, coffee and peanut butter sandwiches, our army of volunteers will be on hand at Scrub road to congratulate you on your journey so far and cheer you on your way.
A steady descent and relatively gentle section leads you to another large support crew checkpoint at Bellbird Grove. We always advise using walking poles, particularly when faced with the short, sharp descents that this section contains.
A short and gentle section of trail greets you next, as you wind your way from Bellbird Grove to Enoggera Dam. Try to avoid the temptation to jump into Enoggera Reservoir for a dip! This section is abundant with wildlife, so keep an eye out for koalas and enjoy listening to the variety of bird song along the way.
Just 11.8 km of walking trail leads you to Mount Coot-tha and our spectacular finish line. Taking in views of the city as you walk your final kilometre you will be greeted with triumph and adulation as your Oxfam Trailwalker journey is complete.
About D’Aguilar National Park
From the NPRSR website:
D’Aguilar National Park is striking in its diversity of environments and plant communities. Take a journey through open eucalypt woodlands, scribbly gum forests and lush subtropical rainforests. More than 800 plant species are found in these forests, some of which are rare and threatened.
The cool mountain tops and forest flats of D’Aguilar National Park provide a rich and varied habitat for wildlife. The cooler mountain climate is ideal for ferns and mosses. Endangered giant barred frogs inhabit the mountain streams and yellow-bellied gliders are active in the open forest at night. Owls also live here, preying on small animals, including possums and snakes. The park provides excellent bird watching opportunities: bell miners can often be heard throughout the forest.
Checkpoints on the Brisbane trail
Oxfam Trailwalker is tough, but we hope your time spent in D’Aguilar National Park is not only physically challenging, but allows you to reconnect with nature.
Start – Checkpoint 1 15.5km
Mount Glorious to Dundas road
|100km Cumulative distance:||15.5km|
|Section 1:||Grade 4|
Setting off from Maiala Picnic Ground car park at Mount Glorious, you will take your first steps in the D’Aguilar National Park, heading down Joyners Ridge road. Enjoy the rainforest as you descend towards England Creek road, then take a deep breath before climbing your way up the challenging Goodes road. Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy the glorious views west towards Lake Wivenhoe. When you arrive at the top you have made it to Dundas road, Checkpoint 1.
Checkpoint 1 – 2 12.8km
Dundas road to Hammermeister road
|100km Cumulative distance:||28.3km|
|Section 2:||Grade 4|
You will begin your descent from 600 metres above sea level and head south along Cabbage Tree Range road, down to an elevation of 100 metres. From here, you will begin the long haul back up rugged Taylors Break, before turning left onto Double Break. A short walk along the bitumen of Forestry road, you then continue to climb up to 500 metres above sea level, until you reach Hammermeister road, Checkpoint 2.
Checkpoint 2 – 3 17.4km
Hammermeister road to Lake Manchester
|100km Cumulative distance:||45.7km|
|Section 3:||Grade 4|
After a short walk along the bitumen of Forestry road, the trail joins Light Line road heading south. From here you will walk along the ridge line of Boombana Knob. You will enjoy a slow descent from Boombana Knob to the northern tip of Lake Manchester. Taking North Lake Manchester road along the west side of the lake, keep an eye out for snakes basking in the sunshine on the trail. As you walk past the log cabin by the lake, don’t let the beautiful scenery distract you, keep going until you reach Lake Manchester recreation site. Continue through the picnic area and cross Lake Manchester road where you will find our spacious checkpoint situated near the white house. Relax and enjoy a well-deserved rest and massage from your support crew.
Checkpoint 3 – 4 17.4km*
*For the 55km event, this section is 18.1km
Lake Manchester to Scrub road
Lake Manchester is the start location for the event’s 55km option
|100km cumulative distance:||63.1km|
|55km cumulative distance:||18.1km|
|Section 4:||Grade 4|
Heading around the south side of Lake Manchester you will pass horse paddocks before the trail takes you along the aptly named Creek road. You may need a change of footwear as you dip your toes in one of the many creek crossings along this part of the trail, before reaching the final 4 kilometres of this section – which includes a steep descent of 100 metres over a single kilometre. You will ascend 240 metres over the final 3 kilometres of this section before arriving at the bush checkpoint – Scrub road storm shelter. During the event there will be an additional water point and toilets available along this section, about 300 metres off the track.
Checkpoint 4 – 5 14.6km
Scrub road to Bellbird Grove
|100km cumulative distance:||77.7km|
|55km cumulative distance:||32.7km|
|Section 5:||Grade 4|
Heading south from Checkpoint 4 on South Boundary road, you will come to the intersection with Creek road, where you will continue on South Boundary road heading east. Taking in the scenery along South Boundary road, you will eventually reach the intersection with Centre road. Heading north on Centre road you will head over a creek crossing before heading up to Mount Nebo road Break. After a short time heading east on Mount Nebo road break, you will turn left at the three way intersection back towards the locked gate. Here you will cross Mount Nebo road onto the trail on the opposite side, which will take you down to Bellbird Grove road. You will then turn right on Bellbird Grove road to descend into the amazing Bellbird Grove, Checkpoint 5.
Checkpoint 5 – 6 10.5km
Revised route – Bellbird Grove to Enoggera Creek
|100km cumulative distance:||88.2km|
|55km cumulative distance:||43.2km|
|Section 6:||Grade 3|
After a steep climb out of Bellbird Grove, you will cross back over Mount Nebo road. Walking carefully along Mount Nebo Road break, you will turn south along Duck Creek road where the trail heads north of the Enoggera Reservoir. Keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife in the area and enjoy listening to the variety of bird song along the way.
Checkpoint 6 – Finish 11.8km
Enoggera Creek to Mt Coot-tha
|100km cumulative distance:||100km|
|55km cumulative distance||55km|
|Section 7:||Grade 4|
Depart Enoggera Dam an continue through the residential area before meeting the Boscombe Road junction. Follow the trail east onto Boscombe road trail before heading down to the Gap Creek Reserve. This final section will take you through suburban streets before heading up Mt Coot-tha via Honeyeater Track and descending down Mahogany Trail to the Finish. Take in the views of the city as you walk your final kilometre, the twinkling lights of civilisation greeting you as you cross the finish line. What a triumphant feeling! Your Oxfam Trailwalker journey is complete!
The difficulty ratings in this map book have been developed using the Australian Walking Track Grading System, which forms part of the national industry standard to
assist walkers in judging the suitability of trails to their walking ability. Each section is graded from its hardest component; it may have some easier components than
the ultimate grade. For further details about the grading system employed, search ‘Australian Walking Track Grading System’ online.