Western Escarpment Forest Drive
D'Aguilar National Park (Mount Mee)
A great beginner 4WD track through open eucalypt forest, with the fantastic Somerset Lookout located along the way.
This moderately trafficked drive starts across the road from The Gantry, which is located at the end of Sellin Road in the Mount Mee section of D’Aguilar National Park.
The tracks winds through open eucalypt forest and is shared with other users, such as mountain bikes and horse riders.
About half way through the track you can stop at Somerset Lookout, which offers panoramic views across Lake Wivenhoe and Somerset Dam.
The track involves plenty of small hills, rocky sections, dips and rutted out sections.
Basic directions: the track starts off the left of Sellin Road just prior to The Gantry car park and is well-signed. Follow the main track, marked by signs of a vehicle and tree. At the T-junction with Lovedays Road, head right to return to the starting point.
It is recommended to have a trail map when heading into the forest trails, as there are a number of side-tracks from the Forest Drive that are considerably more difficult.
Difficulty: The drive is great for beginners. The majority of the drive is gravel roads, with plenty of small hills, rocky sections, dips and rutted out sections. High-range 4WD is recommended for much of the track.
Direction: This drive is a loop track and it is recommended to drive in a clockwise direction. Note that there are multiple side tracks that branch off the main drive. It is recommended that a map of the trails be carried at all times and that offline maps be downloaded onto your phone for navigation assistance.
The drive starts from a track to the left, just prior to The Gantry, which is at the end of Sellin Road in Mount Mee, 1.25 hours drive northwest of Brisbane.
A high-clearance 4WD is required.
best time to go
The drive can be completed year-round, however like all 4WD tracks, conditions are likely to be considerably more difficult after heavy rain.
Always check the Queensland Parks website for updates on 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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