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Mountford Road to Old Brandon's Sawmill Site

Moreton Bay

Bellthorpe National Park


Distance (kms):

10.2 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 1 hr

Elevation gain (m):

383 m

Max. elevation (m):

666 m

Difficulty (Grade):


Route type:





4WD Required

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A scenic drive through Bellthorpe National Park to a small park showcasing relics from the tree logging era.

This lightly trafficked drive starts on Mountford Road in Stony Creek, not far from the Stony Creek Day Use Area.

The track is very straightforward, along a well-maintained gravel road, and involves very little 4WD experience, however be sure to stick to the main road as harder tracks exist in the park.

The drive passes through a mix of lush subtropical rainforest and sclerophyll forest.

Signs then direct you to the Old Brandon’s Sawmill Site, where there are numerous relics of the logging era, including a gantry, frame saw, crane pivot and some old building foundations.

There is also the option to continue onto Jimna, or approach this drive from this route if coming from the north.

You can either return the way you came or exit the national park using Bellthorpe West Road and Bellthorpe Range Road to get to Kilcoy-Beerwah Road.

Difficulty: The drive is a beginner level track which does not require 4WD to be engaged in typical, dry conditions. The road is well-maintained, with very few ruts, no creek crossings and no steep or exposed edges.

Direction: This drive can be completed as either an out-and-back track that returns the way it came, or as a loop when connected with Bellthorpe West Road.

getting there

The drive starts on Mountford Road in Stony Creek, not far from the Stony Creek Day Use Area, about 1.5 hours drive north-west of Brisbane.

best time to go

The drive can be completed year-round.

Always check the Queensland Parks website for updates on track closures.

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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. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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