Hiking the Somerset Trail, D’Aguilar National Park
I recently purchased a Panasonic Lumix S5 mirrorless camera and a DJI Mavic Mini 2 and decided to tackle the Somerset trail in the North D’Aguilar section of D’Aguilar National Park to put together my second silent hiking film.
After a one hour drive up to Mount Mee I was greeted by wallabies at the park entrance, before setting out around 5:30am. The walk is relatively flat, but changes forest types every 3 kilometres or so, beginning in a patch of Piccabeen Palm Groves and dry rainforest, before entering closed woodland which is eventually met by an atmospheric pine forest. You will soon emerge to open woodlands which continue to the Somerset Lookout offering nice views of the surrounding mountain ranges and distant waterways. The remaining half of the circuit comprises mostly open woodland dominated by Scribbly Gums and Grass Trees.
The start and finish of the hike is located at The Ganty, which is the remains of a large sawmill that was active in the 1950’s to produce timbers used in the Moreton Bay Region and the Hornibrook Highway.
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