Maiala National Park, which is located at Mt Glorious, is a great place for families with primary school aged kids. It features a wide open grassy hillside park with plenty of shade, seating areas, toilets and even a few wood barbeques. Just past the picnic area there are three stunning subtropical rainforest walks: Rainforest Circuit (Aprox. 2km, 1hr), Greenes Falls Track (Aprox. 4.3km return, 2hrs) and Westside Track (Approx. 6.4km return, 3hrs).
What Is It?
Maiala National Park is a peaceful and beautiful picnic area located on Mt Glorious in the D’Aguilar National Park. The park begins with a steep hill leading up towards the picnic tables and toilet facilities. Located on the hill are some flat areas where the kids are free to run around and have a blast, although we do not recommend bringing balls or toys as they could roll down the hill towards the carpark.
Maiala National Park also features an undercover eating area, as well as a wide open picnic area with plenty of shade, seats, toilets and even a few wood barbeques. Just past the picnic area there are three stunning subtropical rainforest walks which truly encompass and reflect the aboriginal meaning of the parks name “Quiet place”.
Maiala National Park is a perfect place to take kids of around primary school age for an educational outdoors experience. They will love the enchanting feeling that the rainforest radiates and may even see some of the many birds and animals which inhabit it.
Just past the picnic area you will find the entrance to the rainforest walks which includes a signpost giving some information on the park and the walks. The three rainforest walks are as follows:
Rainforest Circuit – This walking track was opened in 1965 and was Queensland’s first self-guided walking track in a national park. The circuit is 2km and takes approximately 1 hour to complete, although it does connect with the Greenes Falls track. The Rainforest Circuit track is classified as a Class 3 Track: It consists of gently sloping, well defined walkways with slight inclines and steps. Caution is needed on loose gravel and exposed natural lookouts. A reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear is required.
Greenes Falls Track – This walking track branches off the Rainforest Circuit and takes around 2 hours to complete. It is a 4.3km return walk that finishes with a lookout over Greenes Falls. The walk back up the hill can be strenuous so make sure you come prepared! The Greenes Falls track is classified as a Class 3 Track: It consists of gently sloping, well defined walkways with slight inclines and steps. Caution is needed on loose gravel and exposed natural lookouts. A reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear is required.
Westside Track – This walking track begins on the other side of Mt Glorious Road. The walk includes views to the west whilst enjoying the subtropical rainforest. The walk is 6.4km return and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. The Westside Track is a Class 4 Track: The track may be narrow in certain areas with steep exposed inclines or many steps. Caution is needed on loose gravel and exposed natural lookouts. Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear is required.
How Long Does It Take?
We recommend allowing a full day to experience all that Maiala National Park has to offer. To complete all of the walking tracks would require approximately 6-7 hours. However if you would prefer to enjoy some food in the picnic area, half a day would be sufficient if you only complete some of the walking tracks (We recommend the Greenes Falls track, it was our favourite!).
How Do I Get There?
The Maiala National Park is located just past the Mt Glorious township. See below for a more detailed map:
What Should I Bring?
We recommend bringing plenty of drinking water, some healthy snack food, good ankle supporting footwear, long sleeve clothing and some sunscreen. Oh, and your camera! It’s also a good idea to bring a small first aid kit and someone else to go on the walks with you in case of an emergency.
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