After the much more popular (busy) Greenes Falls Trail on the opposite side of Mount Glorious Road, I really enjoy the quiet Western Window track. It’s not the most exciting bushwalk you can do around Brisbane and the views are not that great… but it’s a relaxing walk through the subtropical rainforest with no-one else around. The well signposted track starts roughly opposite the large Maiala Carpark in Mount Glorious, and immediately enters the very shaded rainforest.
The Western Window Track follows the top of the ridge fairly close to the road, so there’s the occasional noise of a car through the tall trees.
At the end of the track is the Western Window Lookout, which is right by the road – so you can just drive to the lookout.
There’s a “sweeping vista” out towards the west, although it’s not a particularly spectacular view. Unfortunately I’m a bit too early for the “best sunset views around”.
Rather than returning the same way (or walking back along Mount Glorious Road), I take the Westside track. The trail descends a short distance down the side of the steep valley, before following the side of the valley just below the Western Window track.
This is the best section of the Western Window bushwalk, with the Westside track going through tall rainforest and past enormous strangler figs.
The walking track meets the Joyners Ridge Road (an old forestry road), finishing back on Mount Glorious Road just below the Maiala Carpark.
The third and last bushwalk of my day exploring D’Aguilar National Park, it’s a nice way to end the day.
Getting to the Western Window Track
The start of the walk is about 40km (45min) from Brisbane via either Mount Nebo Road or Mount Glorious Road. Park at the large Maiala day-use area (which has toilets and picnic facilities) on the eastern side of Mount Glorious Road, just past Mount Glorious township and cross the road. The bushwalk is well signposted.
- Parks QLD – Western Window track
- Parks QLD – Westside track
- D’Aguilar National Park Map – Maiala walking tracks map