Golden Boulder Track
D'Aguilar National Park (Southern)
An interesting walk through open eucalypt forest that provides information on the goldmining history of the region, including deep mineshafts and an old shanty.
This moderately trafficked, well-marked trail starts near the car park of the Bellbird Grove day-use area.
The walk starts by crossing Cedar Creek, along a shared section with the Turrbal Circuit. It then branches off to the left, crossing the road and ascending through open eucalypt forest.
Informative signage dots the trail, providing insights into the goldmining history of the region, making this a great walk for families.
The walk includes a number of features, including a number of disused mineshafts (covered with grates), piles of discarded quartz and a reconstructed old shanty hut.
The walk then descends through the forest back to Cedar Creek, with a number of lovely wooden bridge crossings.
The creek is typically quite dry, with only small pools of water, however fills up and is particularly nice after heavy rain.
The walk finishes on the backside of the Black Wattle Picnic area, a short distance (100m) from the starting trailhead.
After the walk, you have the option to continue along the similarly short and family-friendly Turrbal Circuit or have a picnic in one of the three picnic areas – Brush Box, Black Wattle or Red Ash.
Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow. There are a number of steps along the track, as well as wooden bridges at the creek crossings.
Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels.
Direction: This is a loop track which can be completed in either direction. If completing this track on its own, it is recommended to go in an anti-clockwise direction.
If combining with the Turrbal Circuit, it is recommended to complete the Golden Boulder Track first, in an anti-clockwise direction, and then the Turrbal Circuit in an anti-clockwise direction.
The trail starts from the Bellbird Grove day-use area near The Gap, 30 minutes drive northwest of Brisbane.
The car park is quite large but can fill up on weekends as the surrounding picnic areas are very popular.
The road in can also become flooded after heavy rainfall.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
This walk is best done after recent rain, however is a pleasant walk at any time. If completing after recent rain, be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
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