- Getting there and getting around
- Park features
- Camping and accommodation
- Things to do
- Things to know before you go
- Staying safe
- Looking after the park
- Park management
- Tourism information links
- Further information
Come face-to-face with koalas at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.
- Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area (KBCCA) map (including Daisy Hill Conservation Park)
- View Google map
Daisy Hill Conservation Park is easily accessed from Brisbane or the Gold Coast via the Pacific Motorway (M1). From the Gold Coast, travel north along the Pacific Motorway and take exit 24. Travelling south from Brisbane along Pacific Motorway, take exit 24 and follow the signs to Daisy Hill Road and the entrance to the park. The Daisy Hill picnic area and the trail hub are accessible with conventional vehicles.
There are also a number of gates around the park boundary that can be used by walkers, mountain-bike riders and horseriders to access the shared trail network in the park.
Car park one in the Daisy Hill picnic area has parking for people with wheelchairs, and wheelchair access to picnic tables, barbecues and toilets. The Daisy Hill Koala Centre is wheelchair accessible.
Car park three in the Daisy Hill picnic area has parking for people with wheelchairs and wheelchair access to undercover seating, barbecues and toilets.
The Paperbark trail is a walking trail suitable for wheelchairs with some assistance. It starts in the Daisy Hill picnic area, accessible from car park three.
Take the family for a cycle along the shared trails in the park. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government .
Daisy Hill Conservation Park features eucalypt forest and paperbark wetlands. The Daisy Hill picnic area and the Daisy Hill trail hub provide picnic and barbecue facilities with two undercover seating areas. Signposted walking tracks begin at various points along the edge of the picnic area. The Daisy Hill trail hub provides opportunities for mountain-bike riding and horseriding on the park’s shared trail network.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park is an important part of one of Australia’s most significant regional koala populations. Daisy Hill Koala Centre offers the opportunity to see koalas up close and learn about protecting these unique animals and their habitat. Interactive displays are a feature of the centre.
The surrounding forest is home to a population of koalas, providing great opportunities for spotting koalas in the trees throughout the picnic area and along walking tracks.
To protect the natural values of Daisy Hill Conservation Park, camping is not permitted.
There is a range of holiday accommodation available in and around Brisbane and the Gold Coast. For more information see the tourism information links.
Stroll along the Tree discovery trail and learn about the different forest trees. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.
Ride along one of the designated mountain-bike or shared trails. Photo: Queensland Government.
Enjoy horseriding along any of the shared trails. Photo: Monique Shepherd, Queensland Government.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park offers the chance to explore tall eucalypt forests, melaleuca wetlands and the billabongs along Buhot Creek.
There are two designated walking trails in the park. Walking is also permitted on all management roads and shared trails in Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area (KBCCA) council reserves unless otherwise signed.
Visitors can enjoy bushwalking with their dogs on shared trails only. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Key to walking trail standards
The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each trail is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be easier.
- Flat, well-formed track, no steps, 5km or less.
- Clearly signposted.
- Suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.
- Formed track. May have gentle hills and some steps.
- Clearly signposted.
- No experience required.
- Formed track, some obstacles, 20km or less.
- May have short steep hills and many steps.
- Some experience recommended.
- Distinct track usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps, loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural outlooks.
- Moderate level of fitness and bushwalking experience recommended.
Walking trails (mountain-bikes and horses prohibited)
Trails are designed to be walked clockwise.
|450m||Allow 15min||Suitable for wheelchairs with some assistance, this well-graded trail and boardwalk starts near car park three in the Daisy Hill picnic area. It winds through melaleuca wetlands fed by a natural spring. Read the interpretive signs to find out more about this wetland area.|
|Tree discovery trail||
|800m||Allow 30min||Identify and learn about different forest trees on this self-guided trail that starts near car park four in the Daisy Hill picnic area.|
See the shared trails table below for other walking options.
Mountain-bike riding and horseriding are permitted on all management roads and shared trails in Daisy Hill Conservation Park and KBCCA council reserves unless otherwise signed. Designated mountain-bike trails are also located in these areas. Each trail entry has a sign indicating which recreational activities are permitted.
Permits are not required for horseriding or mountain-bike riding in Daisy Hill Conservation Park.
Mountain-bike and horseriding trail classifications
Wide trail, gentle gradient, some obstacles. For beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills.
Moderate gradient, obstacles and some steep sections. For skilled mountain bikers.
For experienced mountain bikers. Challenging trail. Large, unavoidable obstacles and features. Long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.
|Class 1 Easy||
Wide trail, natural, surface, gentle slope. For novice riders and experienced horses with basic skills and fitness.
|Class 2 Intermediate||
Variable trail, moderate slope, some obstacles. For experienced riders and horses with moderate skills and fitness.
|Track 1, Possum Box/Jumping Ant||Intermediate||3.95km one way||Allow 15 to 20min||Best ridden from the five ways but can be ridden in both directions.|
|Track 2, Chip Line trail||
|680m one way||Allow 5 to 10min||
Can be ridden both directions but is a downhill run from the five ways. There is a challenging rock garden 200m in from the top of the trail.
|Track 3, Lace Monitor trail||Intermediate||2.6km one way||Allow 10 to 20min||Can be ridden in both directions, preferred direction of travel is east to west. A sweeping trail with technical features.|
|Track 4, Glossy Black Cockatoo link||Intermediate||690m one way||Allow 5 to 10min||Can be ridden in both directions. A short single track that links two sections of the Stringybark trail, avoids a steep section of trail.|
|Track 9, Jim Finch trail||Intermediate||565m one way||Allow 5min||A short single track link from the southern boundary.|
Shared trails in the KBCCA (walkers and mountain-bike riders only)
|Track 8, Nirvana trail||
1.9km one way
Allow 25min to walk
|To get the best of this trail ride from East to West starting from Leo Lindo Drive.|
- Always wear a helmet.
- Plan ahead, ride within your ability and according to trail conditions.
- Slow down or stop when approaching other trail users. Follow the give-way code.
- Avoid riding in large groups—keep groups to fewer than 12.
- Avoid skidding and sliding around turns—this may result in collision with other trail users and injury.
- Avoid riding during and after rain when tracks are soft, wet and muddy.
- Stay on marked trails—riding over vegetation, taking shortcuts and forming new trails damages plants and wildlife habitat.
- Respect areas closed to riding.
Follow the give-way code
- Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
- Walkers must give way to horses.
Daisy Hill picnic area and Daisy Hill trail hub
Picnics or barbecues can be enjoyed under the gum trees in the Daisy Hill picnic area or the Daisy Hill trail hub.
The Daisy Hill picnic area is set in grassy open forest and can be accessed via a sealed ring road. There is parking for cars and buses. Picnic tables, wood barbecues, toilets, two shelter sheds and water (treat before drinking) are provided and there is suitable access for wheelchairs and strollers.
The Daisy Hill trail hub is smaller and popular with mountain bike riders. It can be accessed by turning right before the main gates. Picnic tables, wood barbecues, toilets, a horse yard and drinking trough are provided. The large bitumen car park can accommodate parking for 30 cars and has two designated horse-trailer sites.
No bins are provided at Daisy Hill Conservation Park so please take your rubbish home.
Shelter shed reservations
The large shelter shed near car park four in the Daisy Hill picnic area can be booked for exclusive use. Bookings are essential and fees may apply. Read more about the shelter shed and how to book a venue.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a free Koala education facility, where you can meet koalas and learn about conservation through the interactive displays and keeper talks held twice daily. The treetop tower lets visitors experience a koala’s eye view and look for koalas in the surrounding forests. The centre is open 7 days a week from 9.00am to 4.00pm.
The eucalypt forest of Daisy Hill Conservation Park is dominated by spotted gum, grey gum, ironbark, tallowwood and stringybark trees. It provides a habitat for a wide range of wildlife including koalas, possums, wallabies, birds and reptiles.
Throughout the picnic area and along walking tracks visitors may spot a sleeping koala in the treetops.
While enjoying a picnic, pied butcherbirds, pied currawongs, Australian magpies, sulphur-crested cockatoos and laughing kookaburras can be seen and the distinctive 'whip' call of the eastern whipbird is often heard.
Fantails and fairy-wrens are common along the walking trails and sacred kingfishers and eastern water dragons occur near creeks and waterholes. Late in the afternoons, red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies can be seen in the day-use areas.
See the description of the park’s natural environment for more details about Daisy Hill Conservation Park's local koala population.
Pack zip-lock bags so you can take your rubbish home. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.
Keep dogs on a leash at all times and walk them only on shared trails. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.
Essentials to bring
- Rubbish bags to take rubbish home—no bins are provided.
- Protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent, for protection from the sun and biting insects.
- Sturdy shoes for walking or riding.
- Binoculars to help spot koalas and other wildlife.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park has entry and exit gates which are locked each evening.
Between 15 March and 14 October the gates are open from 7.00am to 5.30pm. For the rest of the year the gates are open from 7.00am to 6.30pm.
The Daisy Hill Koala Centre is open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Contact the centre on public holidays to check if it is open.
Grey Gum site, Forest Amphitheatre and Shelter Shed bookings
Dogs are permitted in Daisy Hill Conservation Park but must be on a leash at all times.
Climate and weather
Brisbane has a mild, subtropical climate. In summer the average daily temperature range is 22 to 30°C and 12 to 22°C in winter.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at Daisy Hill and throughout Brisbane.
Emergency markers are located at all trail junctions throughout the park.
Please take notice of the markers in case of an emergency. Knowing your exact or approximate location will save valuable time if you require assistance from emergency services. Photo: Jess Rosewell, Queensland Government.
Emergency markers (unique alphanumeric codes) are located:
- at formalised park entrances
- on shared trails
- on mountain-bike only trails, and
- at management road junctions.
In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000) and if possible, recite the closest emergency marker code to assist emergency services (Police, Fire and Ambulance) in locating the emergency within the conservation park.
Follow these general safety tips to ensure your visit is a memorable day:
- Take care when using barbecues. Only use wood provided within the barbecue facilities and put the fire out with water. Supervise children to avoid burn injuries. Observe fire bans and prohibitions.
- Stay on the trails and observe signs to avoid getting lost.
- Carry water, food, a first-aid kit, mobile phone and a map when walking, especially on longer walks.
- Always let a responsible person know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen and avoid walking and riding in the middle of the day.
- If you see a snake, leave it alone and keep clear.
- Keep away from creek banks; they may collapse under foot.
- Be aware that trails can be slippery, especially after rain.
- Obey signs and regulations—they are in place to protect you and the park.
- Reduce theft by removing valuables from your vehicle and taking them with you.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Let animals find their own food. Photo: Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government.
You can help protect the park and forest by observing these guidelines:
- Do not take or disturb plants or animals. Everything in the park is protected.
- Stay on the designated trails. Shortcutting causes erosion, damages vegetation and can potentially result in injury.
- Remove all rubbish. No bins are provided.
- Dogs must be on leashes at all times and on designated trails.
- Let animals find their own food. Human food can make native animals susceptible to disease, and can cause overpopulation and aggressive behaviour.
- Show consideration for other park users and keep noise to a minimum.
See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Photo: Courtesy Ross Naumann.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park was gazetted as a conservation park in 2006. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages this area for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park is part of Queensland’s first coordinated conservation area—the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area (KBCCA). The conservation area links Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Venman Bushland National Park and local council areas (Neville Lawrie Reserve, Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area and Ford Road Conservation Area) to provide a combined area of 1170 ha of natural bushland. This area protects one of the most intact natural koala habitats between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Logan City Council and Redland City Council are working together to protect and cooperatively manage the KBCCA.
Brisbane Visitor Information and Booking Centre
Queen Street Mall (between Albert and Edward streets), Brisbane Qld 4002
ph (07) 3006 6200
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Daisy Hill Road, Daisy Hill
PO Box 5116, Daisy Hill Qld 4127
ph (07) 3299 1032
fax (07) 3299 1217
International +61 7 3299 1032 Fax +61 7 3299 1217
Open 9.00 am to 4.00 pm daily (except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday).