Red Cedar is a picnic ground in the southern section of D’Aguilar National Park between Mount Glorious and Lake Wivenhoe.
Red Cedar is one of two parks close to each other. White Cedar is just east of Red Cedar, the entrance only a couple of hundred metres from each other. Both parks have similar features.
Red cedar timber’s qualities, soft, light and durable, made it one of the most prized timbers during the 1800s.
By the mid-1840s, no accessible red cedar remained in the Brisbane area. By the 1860s, clearing of other trees cleared extensive areas in the valleys on either side of the D’Aguilar Range.
In 1923, a girth limit was enforced for red cedars of 60.8cm, then 3 years later in 1926, the limit was increased to 229cm. The national park protects the red cedars on the D’Aguilar Range.
There are no walks at Red Cedar, however, there is lots of space and the Northbrook Creek runs along it offering things to explore. There wasn’t enough water for a swim but you could have a splash in the cool water. For walks, head to Maiala where there are a few walks at Mount Glorious.
There are a couple of large sheltered areas with multiple picnic names and free gas BBQs, and lots of open grass space to run around or throw out a picnic blanket.
To get there:
From Samford, head west on Mount Glorious Dr and follow to the end for 15.6km, the last 5km or so is windy. Turn right into Mt Nebo Rd and follow for 18.8km, with the entrance to Red Cedar on the right.
From Brisbane Valley Highway below Wivenhoe Dam, turn into Wivenhoe Somerset Rd and follow for 15.3km. Turn right into Mt Nebo Rd and follow for 8.3km, with the entrance to Red Cedar on the left.
Water: Yes, not potable
Wheelchair accessible: Yes