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About Moggill

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Getting there and getting around

Hovea lanceolata. Photo: Ross Patterson, Queensland Government

Hovea lanceolata. Photo: Ross Patterson, Queensland Government

Moggill Conservation Park is 22km west of central Brisbane on the outskirts of Pullenvale and Anstead.

There is a small car park beside Chalcot Road, which is north off Mount Crosby Road, and the shared trails can be accessed from this point.

There is no public transport to Moggill Conservation Park.

Wheelchair accessibility

There is no access for wheelchairs.

Park features

This 491ha park forms part of the D’Aguilar Range, a bushland corridor that extends north to Woodford. The corridor provides valuable habitat for wildlife as well as a place for people to enjoy nature-based activities such as bushwalking, cycling and horseriding.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Moggill Conservation Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Brisbane. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Enjoy a day out in the park, riding on one of many shared trails available for cyclists and horseriders. Photo: Ian Witheyman, Queensland Government

Enjoy a day out in the park, riding on one of many shared trails available for cyclists and horseriders. Photo: Ian Witheyman, Queensland Government

Black-breasted button-quail. Photo: Tom Tarrant.

Black-breasted button-quail. Photo: Tom Tarrant.

Walking, cycling and horseriding

Explore the network of management roads on foot, by horse or bike. Walking, cycling and horseriding are permitted on all management roads in the regional park unless otherwise signed.

When using the shared track system, pedestrians and cyclists must give way to horseriders and alert others when approaching them.

Ugly Gully Loop Break
Starting from the Wirrabara Road gate, this loop walk traverses dry eucalypt forest along Powerline Road. At the Ugly Gully Creek Crossing, turn right into Ugly Gully Break and continue the circuit section of this loop in an anti-clockwise direction. There are multiple creek crossings on this section of the trail so visitors should avoid using this loop after substantial rainfall as surfaces can be slippery and water can be fast flowing and deep. After completing this loop (Ugly Gully Break, Centre Road, Powerline Road), return to Wirrabara Road gate along Powerline Road.

Ugly Gully Loop traverses a combination of ridges and gullies, it can be rough along the creek sections and has several moderately high hills to negotiate. It’s the longest of the three suggested loops in Moggill Conservation Park but offers the least challenging terrain especially in dry conditions.

Devils Break Loop
Starting from the Chalcot Road gate, this circuit walk is best followed in a clockwise direction to take advantage of the views to the South-West along Devils Break. There is a very steep section on the southern end of Devils Break that requires a head for heights and good scrambling skills. This section is not suitable for walkers with limited mobility or young children.

This circuit offers an array of experiences; from wildflowers to cultural history. When the temperatures are right, wildflowers adorn the park. Standing tall are the flower stalks of the grass trees Xanthorrhoea and the sprays of yellow are the healthy parrot pea flowers Dillwynia sieberi.

It is not known who built the rock cairns along Devils Break but they are most likely cairns built by workers that were employed pre-World War II to clear lantana and maintain firebreaks.

Tower Break Loop
This trail starts from the Mill Road gate along Pullen Creek Break in riparian rainforest and follows the creek for a short distance before turning right and crossing Pullen Creek. Look for small birds as they often drink from the small pool upstream from the creek crossing. It’s only upwards from here for several hundred metres passing through dry eucalypt forest. Turn right onto Tower Break when reaching the intersection where it leaves Centre Road. After doubling back around a sharp corner, look for a track to your immediate right. There is an opportunity to take in excellent views from a clearing to the South–West. This can be found by walking a short distance past the turn-off to a clearing on the hill below the power lines.

Return the way you came, and continue at the corner along the right-hand circuit in an anti-clockwise direction downhill. Beware, the descent is very steep, walkers require good agility to negotiate this section of the trail.

Once at the bottom turn left. Here the trail follows the creek to the next major intersection. Turn left onto Powerline Road. Follow this winding road uphill and onto Centre Road veering left and following the road until the next intersection of Tower Break and Centre Road. This completes the loop section of this walk. From this intersection head downhill along Centre Road, cross Pullen Creek and follow the trail to the left along Pullen Creek Break back to the Mill Road gate.

To help reduce your impact on our natural areas please:

  • Do not allow horses to enter or remain in or near natural watercourses
  • Ride only on formed roads and trails; do not take shortcuts as this damages plants and wildlife habitats.
  • Do not allow horses to remain in the park overnight.
  • Avoid spreading weeds—ensure horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds and that horses don’t feed on invasive species 48 hours before park visits
  • Minimise damage to vegetation. Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the area.

For more information about horseriding in protected areas or to access a map, visit the SEQ horseriding trail network page.

Ride safely

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Plan ahead; ride within your ability and according to track conditions.
  • Slow down and consider other track users.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns and downhill to prevent collisions and minimise trail damage.
  • Avoid riding in large groups.
  • Keep trails in good condition by not riding during or immediately after wet weather.
  • Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
  • Ride only on formed roads. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.
  • Respect areas closed to riding.

Give way signFollow the give-way code

  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
  • Walkers must give way to horses.

Viewing wildlife

The park provides vital habitat for a number of threatened bird species, such as the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail Turnix melanogaster and the near threatened black-chinned honeyeater Melithreptus gularis.

Sheltered pockets of vine thicket along the creek provide the perfect hideaway for the shy and secretive eastern whipbird Psophodes olivaceus. Heard more often than seen, its loud birdsong is a duet; the male provides the first drawn-out note and musical ‘whip-crack’ before the female follows with a whistling ‘chew-chew’.

Moggill Conservation Park is also home to bandicoots, koalas and lace monitors, so keep an eye out.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Bring adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone.
  • For walking, wear suitable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.
  • Bring a camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.

Opening hours

The park is open 24 hours a day but for safety reasons please, visit in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Horses and bicycles may be ridden on management roads in this park. A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, an organised event activity or competitive event. Camping is not permitted in Moggill Conservation Park.

Pets

Dogs are allowed but must be restrained on a leash at all times.

Climate and weather

Brisbane enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range in Brisbane city is 22°C to 30°C in summer and 12°C to 22°C in winter. For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at nearby suburbs and throughout Brisbane.

Staying safe

  • Stay on existing roads.
  • Ensure you have drinking water, sturdy footwear and sun protection.
  • Plan to complete your walk/ride well before dark.
  • Reduce theft by removing valuables from your vehicle and taking them with you.
  • Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.

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

Looking after the park

  • Everything in this park is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants or animals.
  • Please do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Stay on roads—do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Take rubbish home with you as no bins are provided.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and under control. Please pick up and dispose of your dog’s droppings responsibly.

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

Park management

Moggill Conservation Park is a bush retreat for many locals. This multiple-use park provides essential habitat for plants and animals in South East Queensland.

Moggill Conservation Park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Science (DES) for its conservation values and recreational opportunities.

Tourism information links

Brisbane Visitor Information Centre
www.visitbrisbane.com.au
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Qld 4002
ph (07) 3006 6290
fax (07) 3006 6250
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
12 April 2018