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Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve

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Getting there and getting around

Mount Mee is about 60km north-west of Brisbane. From Brisbane, travel through Samford and Dayboro then follow Mount Mee and Sellin roads to the forest. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended for accessing all areas of the park past The Gantry.

From the north, turn off the D'Aguilar Highway at D'Aguilar south of Woodford, then follow Rassmussen Road to the forest. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended to access the park past Archer campground.

Wheelchair accessibility

The Gantry picnic area is wheelchair accessible. The Piccabeen walk is suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.

Park features

Mount Mee is part of the D'Aguilar Range and adjoins Brisbane Forest Park. It is a rewarding place to visit, with many rocky waterholes, cool streams and rainforest walks. The Somerset trail offers magnificent views over Lake Somerset and Lake Wivenhoe. From the Falls lookout you can see the picturesque Neurum Valley. At The Gantry picnic area you can see the remains of an old sawmill which operated until 1981.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is allowed at Archer campground and Neurum Creek campground. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Other accommodation

A range of holiday accommodation is available in Brisbane and in the Woodford area. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Walking

Key to track standards

Class 2 track

Class 3 track

Class 4 track

Falls lookout — 1km circuit (20 minutes) Class 2

Falls lookout can be reached by a gravel road from Neurum Creek Road and has a short circuit walk down to a viewing platform overlooking the northern side of D'Aguilar Range and picturesque Neurum Valley.

Piccabeen walk — 1km circuit (30 minutes) Class 2

This short walk begins opposite The Gantry and takes you along a boardwalk and track through a grove of piccabeen palms. Signs provide information about the different forest types and timber-getting history of the area.

Somerset trail — 13km circuit (3–4 hours) Class 4

Beginning opposite The Gantry, this track passes through scribbly gum forests, rainforest and dry open forest. About halfway along, enjoy views to the west, overlooking Somerset and Wivenhoe dams. Parking is available at The Gantry carpark. Please bring your own water as there is no drinking water available along the trail.

Mill rainforest walk — 1.4km circuit (40 minutes) Class 3

You can reach the beginning of this walk by a gravel road from Neurum Creek Road. The walk winds through subtropical rainforest and provides opportunities for birdwatching.

Lophostemon walk — 750m circuit (10 minutes) Class 2

This circuit begins at the northern end of the Neurum Creek campground. Take a leisurely stroll through tall open eucalypt forest with a rainforest understorey.

Rocky Hole — 200m return (20 minutes) Class 3

Surrounded by dry open sclerophyll forest, this spot features a rock pool and is popular during summer. The walk to Rocky Hole is only 200m return and has steps in steeper sections. The carpark is on Neurum Creek Road, 8km from the day-use area.

Picnic and day-use areas

The Gantry

The Gantry is 150m from the southern entrance to the park on a sealed road. It is the closest Mount Mee picnic area to Brisbane. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue at the grassy picnic area. There are two walks that start and finish opposite the picnic area. Wheelchair and parking facilities are provided.

Broadwater

Broadwater is a popular spot during the hot summer months. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue lunch at this small picnic area adjacent to a large waterhole. Parking, toilets, picnic tables and wood barbecue facilities are provided. For your safety do not jump or dive into the water hole.

Access to Broadwater is recommended for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Ranger-guided tours and talks

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) offers a wide range of activities through the Go Bush program. These include short and long bushwalks, bird walks, evening activities, children’s holiday activities and field skills workshops.

Driving

Registered four-wheel-drive vehicles may be driven on roads in this forest. A special permit is not required. Conditionally registered vehicles are not permitted. The driver must hold a valid licence to operate the vehicle.

If driving on unsealed forest roads please note the following information.


Viewing wildlife

The cool mountain tops and forest flats of the D'Aguilar Range provide a rich and varied habitat for wildlife. The cooler mountain climate is ideal for ferns and mosses. Giant barred frogs, which are endangered, inhabit the cool mountain streams. Yellow-bellied gliders are active in the open forest at night. Owls also live here and catch prey such as possums and snakes. The D'Aguilar Range provides excellent birdwatching opportunities, and bellbirds can often be heard throughout the forest.

Horse riding and motor cycling

Horse riding

Horse riding is only permitted on dedicated horse trails in Mount Mee Forest Reserve, however there is a network of forest roads throughout the southern area of the D'Aguilar Range for horse riding. A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, an organised group activity or a competitive event.

Motor cycling

Registered motor cycles may be ridden on roads in this forest. A special permit is not required. Conditionally registered vehicles are not permitted. Riders must be licensed and penalties apply for shortcutting and off-track riding.

Ride safely


Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring


Opening hours

Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

All camping areas within Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve require a camping permit and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted within any of the camping areas of Mount Mee.

Climate and weather

The mountain tops and forest flats of the D'Aguilar Range may experience cooler temperatures and more rainfall than Brisbane city, which enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range in Brisbane city is 22 to 30 degrees Celsius in summer and 12 to 22 degrees Celsius in winter. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available in Brisbane and at Dayboro to the south or Woodford to the north.

Staying safe

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

By following these guidelines you can help to protect the natural environment for future enjoyment, and help ensure the survival of native plants and animals living here.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages Mount Mee State Forest and Forest Reserve to sustain the natural and cultural resources and to provide appropriate recreational opportunities in the area.

Tourism information links

For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in the Brisbane region, contact:

Brisbane Visitor Information Centre

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see www.queenslandholidays.com.au.

Further information

Brisbane Forest Park
EPA Customer Service Centre
  • 160 Ann Street, Brisbane
  • PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
  • ph (07) 3227 8185
  • fax (07) 3227 8749
  • email csc@epa.qld.gov.au
Smart Service (for camping bookings)

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Last updated: 20 September 2007