Latest Walks

Easy
1.4 km return
30 mins

Ochre Pits

A colourful outcrop of ochre on the banks of a sandy creek. Ochre has always been an important part of Aboriginal culture and a vital part of everyday life. For medicinal purposes red ochre can be mixed with grease and applied as an ointment and to relieve congestion when mixed with eucalyptus leaves. White ochre was used as a magical charm, when mixed with water and blown from the mouth it is believed to abate the heat of the sun or the force of the wind. Weapons were painted with ochre to increase the success of hunting. It also protected the wooden weapons from termites.

Medium
7 km return
3 hrs

Ormiston Gorge and Pound

This walk is not as tough as is made out. It's basically a big loop through the desert leading into the back of Ormiston Gorge. Obviously the time of year makes a difference as summer would be very hot. The majority of people on the track appeared to have guides but it's a very good walk to do solo (if you can find five minutes without fellow walkers!). The views of the MacDonnells are spectacular and the entry into the back of the gorge a delight. I felt much more a part of it than standing on the viewing platform. If you want a walk within 150 km of Alice, this is a good one!

Easy
2.3 km return
45 mins

Serpentine Gorge Waterhole

Serpentine Gorge is a sacred site to Western Arrernte Aboriginal people, who call it Ulpma.
The Dreaming Story of the Carpet Snake and this place is associated with an Eaglehawk ancestor, the full story of which can only be told to initiated Aboriginal men.

Medium
2.8 km return
1 hr

Serpentine Gorge Lookout

Serpentine Gorge is a sacred site to Western Arrernte Aboriginal people, who call it Ulpma.
The Dreaming Story of the Carpet Snake and this place is associated with an Eaglehawk ancestor, the full story of which can only be told to initiated Aboriginal men.

Easy
1.2 km return
45 mins

Standley Chasm

Although the track is rough in parts, most active visitors will find the 20 minute one-way walk to be quite easy. However, the conditions require that sensible walking shoes be worn.

Easy
1 km return
30 mins

Simpsons Gap

A number of scenic gaps pierce the West MacDonnell Ranges, one of which is Simpsons Gap; site of one of the most prominent waterholes in the region. The area is an important spiritual site to the Aranda Aboriginal people, where several dreaming trails and stories cross. At dawn or dusk Simpsons Gap is renowned as a place to see Black-footed Rock-wallabies along the gap's short walking track. Good examples of many of the vegetation communities of the MacDonnell Ranges are found in the Simpsons Gap area, including large stands of Mulga, and the area around the gap is a major stronghold for some of the rare and relic plants of the region.

Hard
28 km return
2 days

Lake Rhona (via Rasselas Track)

Lake Rhona is classified as a "hung lake" which is 900 meters above sea level and is the result of Ice Age Glaciers. This a hard 2 day 28km hike within the Wild Rivers National Park in the South West wilderness area of Tasmania. Situated in the midst of the Denison Ranges, the Lake’s beautiful pink/white quartzite sands surrounded by dominate ridges make it a truly unique Lake. The track follows flat button grass marshland for a majority of the way before a short hard climb of 400m to the final section below the Lake. This is your typical Tasmanian bush bashing walk. You will be muddy, scratched, bruised and weary at the end of each day. The track is exposed for most of the way.

Medium
2.8 km return
90 mins

Mt Ngungun

Mount Ngungun (pronounced 'noo noo')but generally known as "Gun Gun" is a very popular hike due to its relative ease and fantastic views.

A well defined graded track with some steep sections. The track begins in open forest with a fern understory. Part way up the mountain, there is a great view of Mt Tibrogargan as the track passes a small rock overhang. The summit provides spectacular close-up views of nearby Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Tibberoowuccum, Mt Coonowrin and Mt Beerwah.

Medium
21 km return
6 hrs

Bymien Day Use Area to Freshwater Campground

A wonderful walk through rainforest, kauri and hoop pines, Piccabeen and strangler figs. The walk is pretty straightforward with gentle inclines and descents over a mostly sandy base. Stop at Poona Lake for a swim and then continue on to Freshwater Lake then Freshwater campground before returning via the same track... Or leave Bymien Day Use area and head straight to Freshwater Campground for lunch then visit Freshwater Lake on your way back to Bymien. The track is well signed the entire way.

Medium
6 km return
80 mins

Mt Tibberoowuccum

A steep walk to the summit of the mountain, a bit of an uneven but level scramble along the ridge for about 50m with a small 6-8m steep scramble to get to the peak at the end of it. Summit has spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and north to the Sunshine Coast. There are two alternative tracks which meet at the the top of the ridge at a point where an arrow painted on a rock directs you along the ridge to the summit. Take care as both tracks can be slippery after rain due to wet clay/ tree roots and loose shale at the top of the tracks can be a concern in any weather as well.

Medium
13.5 km return
3 hrs

Bracalba Running Trail

This is where the Glasshouse Mountains Parkrun is held on a Saturday morning. It's a lovely hiking area too that includes rainforest and bush surroundings. There's some great steep hills and a couple of different tracks adjoining to make your hike longer if you desire.

Hard
3 km return
2 hrs

Mount Cooroy

Mount Cooroy is 438m high and provides great views around the Sunshine Coast. Access to the mountain is through private property and public access is only available once a year at the Cooroy Mountain Spring Festival. The festival was held on 18 August, 2019.

Please respect the private property and do not access without permission.

Two great lookouts at the top.

Easy
800 m return
30 mins

Ellery Creek Big Hole

Ellery Creek Big Hole is a spectacular waterhole in the mighty Ellery Creek, which cuts through a gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology.

Easy
1.8 km return
45 mins

Cassia Hill

This walk gives excellent elevated views of the range and Simpsons Gap area. The walk illustrates local plants and a self-guided walk sheet is available.

Medium
120 m one-way
5 mins

Lara Drive Steps

140-150 concrete steps on part of Mount Buderim, with trees surrounding. Those into fitness go up and down these steps as many times as they can. When parked at the Lara Drive cul-de-sac, these steps do down. This "walk" is of little interest to bushwalkers - it is short with no particular features.

Hard
3.2 km return
1 hr

Heritage trail

From the Governors Chair car park an interesting self-guiding walk, showing various road construction methods, follows the historic road.

Hard
1 km return
90 mins

Mt Blaine Summit Trail

A challenging track to the summit of Mt Blaine. The trail consists of steep inclines and rock scrambling. The summit provides 360 degree view over Brisbane, Ipswich and the scenic rim and a great view of Flinders Peak. The track goes up the northern side, over the summit and back down the southern side. High level of fitness, off track experience, scrambling experience and solid boots are all recommended.

Medium
3 km return
2 hrs

Paradise Cave

Fantastic little adventure to this secluded beach cave, only accessible at low tide

Easy
4 km return
2 mins

Gorge Falls

A walk from the end of Tallebudgera Road upstream to Gorge Falls and waterhole

Barney gorge junction remote bush camp to Yamahra creek camp

There are two ways to do this walk. The first one is to hike back up to the top of the ridge and follow it along to reach Yamahra creek camp. The second way which is the way we went was to follow the creek and rock hop your way, there are some pros and cons to this as the views are amazing and the scenery spectacular, there are some sections which are a bit challenging as they require some small rock climbing skills and are made more difficult if your carrying a large pack. Before you get to the upper portals you have to break track back up the ridge to your right as you cant get around the portals. From there you follow the track over the ridge and down the other side and descend to the Yamahra creek campsite. this campsite is close to running water in the creek, as you walk towards the creek take the left turn and water is about 200m away.