Mount Mee Forest Reserve is a rugged mountainous area, just south of D’Aguilar National Park.
Less frequented than D’Aguilar, the reserve is ideal for relaxed hinterland biking, honing your four wheel driving skills, hiking along horse trails & dirt roads, searching for hidden rock pools and listening to the calls of Bell Birds.
If you’re new to four wheel driving, or just looking for a good place to practice, the reserve is a great spot to build-up your confidence.
Unlike the somewhat intimidating, steep uphill and downhill slopes of most of D’Aguilar National Park’s 4WD tracks, most of Mount Mee Forest Reserve’s tracks are less formidable and less frequented by drivers, with steadier inclines and less rugged & rocky terrain.
You can familiarise yourself with the reserve’s roads and their 4WD difficulty levels by taking a look at the Mount Mee Forest Trail and Drive Map.
Please Note: Aside from the main 4WD tracks, many of the off-shoot roads are gated. You may like to contact Queensland Parks and Wildlife services on 13 74 68 to enquire as to which roads are accessible prior to your visit.
You can access D’Aguilar National Park from the reserve. Peggs Rd is your quickest connection to Sellin Rd, D’Aguilar National Park’s access road. However, you will find longer, trickier routes into D’Aguilar along ‘Break’ roads.
If you’re eager for a hike, but don’t own a 4WD, you can park in the carpark area before the Chambers Road and Mount Brisbane Road junction. From here you can leg-it steadily uphill to where the 1.4km horse trail meets Range Road.
Keep an ear out for the musical sounds of Bell Birds as you hike.
Further exploration entails walking along the 4WD tracks in any direction you choose. As you venture around you’re likely to come across a few unmarked off-shoot hiking trails and 4WD tracks which allow you to journey off the main dirt roads, deeper into the reserve.
Please keep in mind you will have to backtrack to the carpark, so take note of which direction you have come from as it can be easy to get lost.
If you’re up for a challenge then perhaps searching for the secluded Diana’s Bath rock pool is just what you’re after. Diana’s Bath is hidden somewhere deep in remote bushland off Diana’s Bath Road.
As you drive into Mount Mee Forest Reserve along Chambers Road, turn left through the gate onto Range Road, keeping right onto Byron Creek Road until you come across the Diana’s Bath Road turn-off to the right.
Please Note: Diana’s Bath Road is gated so you may need to park your car off to the side of the road and continue on foot for approximately 6km. As you walk (or drive) along Diana’s Bath Road it will turn into Diana’s Bath Link before joining-up with Rock Paddock Break.
The exact coordinates for the rock pool are: S 27° 07.658 E 152° 40.713. Please be aware that the path may become very overgrown and possibly inaccessible the closer you get to the waterhole.
The route towards Diana’s Bath is also accessible from Mount Byron Road.
Need to Know: Forest walks in Brisbane North’s Mount Mee Forest Reserve are not for beginners. The area lacks signposts, features numerous little non-official offshoot tracks and many of the horse trails are overgrown and cross dirt 4WD roads, all of which combine to make it quite easy to lose your bearings. Bring a map, a compass and a good sense of direction. Phone reception is practically nil here.
Come Prepared: Don’t forget your swimming outfit along with your other hiking necessities which can be purchased in Dayboro at the IGA. There are no public toilets in the reserve.
Chambers Road, Mount Pleasant, is your entry point to the reserve. The area is easy to find coming from the direction of Dayboro. You simply need to follow McKenzie Street north as it becomes Laceys Road, Mount Pleasant Road and then Mount Brisbane Road.
Continue past the national park carpark to your left (you can access the Mont Mee Horse Trail from here), over the river and to the corner of Chambers Road and Mount Brisbane Road. At the junction, turn left into the reserve.
The access point’s exact coordinates are 27°07'31.1"S 152°44'36.0"E.
Park in the signposted carpark before the Chambers Road 4WD turn-off into the reserve. The horse trail up the mountain begins from the carpark.
Bring plenty of water and don’t forget a hat and sunscreen. Ensure you have a GPS in your vehicle and a phone with you in case of emergency. We advise avoiding hiking through dense bushland/overgrown Mount Mee Forest Reserve areas as snakes may be lurking in the undergrowth.
If you are an avid hiker or four wheel driver you should look into getting yourself a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). The device is a type of emergency beacon which transmits a signal to orbiting satellites – alerting emergency services of your exact location. If you get lost, or require urgent medical attention in the midst of nowhere, it may very well save your life.