Rainforest Circuit

Ravensbourne National Park

As the name suggests, a walk through the rainforest in Ravensbourne National Park. As well as the standard rainforest vegetation there are blue gums in this section.

Getting there

From Toowoomba drive north to Hampton and then turn right onto the Hampton-Esk Rd.  Travel for 17km before turning right onto the National Park Rd.  Look for the sign.  The walk starts at the day use area a short distance along the road.  


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Route/Trail notes

For an easier walk, travel in an anti-clockwise direction.  There are a lot of steps going the other way.


No permits or costs applicable

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?

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Completed the buaraba track today and all side tracks. The creek was only just a trickle and the walk back up was hot so would recommend completing the walk earlier in the day. It was a lovely walk and the Gas Beutel lookout is a beautiful place to stop and have a picnic.

Bobbe on 4 Oct, 2021

There are some gorgeous blue gums in this area. It makes you wonder what the rest of the country would have looked like if it hadn't been logged.

Robyn on 23 May, 2021

Ravensbourne National Park is situated on a spur of The Great Dividing Range between Esk and Toowoomba.

You will find a few short hikes at the Blackbean Day Use Area.
There is plenty of parking with a beautiful green grassed picnic area and pit toilets that are very well maintained.

Today I put all of these walks together making it into a circuit. I started with the Rainforest Circuit, Palm Creek Circuit, Sandstone Overhang, Buaraba Creek and then back to the picnic area. All up, just over 8km 🥾

This is a very easy hike with some stairs thrown in and a gradual up hill hike from Buaraba Creek back to the picnic area. This is totally up to you if you want to push yourself and get the heart pumping and the leg burn working 🏃‍♀️

You will hike through some lush rainforest, palm grove's, some pretty cool sand overhangs, eucalypt forest and a spring fed creek that doesn't have a lot of water but still a nice place to sit and take in the tranquillity of the sound's of the rainforest 🌿🍃 🦜

Why not head just up the road when you are done to Beutel Lookout for a bbq or picnic or head to a little local coffee shop and enjoy what they have on offer ☕

Enjoy 🙏💕

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Mel on 30 Jan, 2021

Completed this one with the Buaraba Creek Trail, Sandstone Overhang & Palm Creek Circuit. Ended up being 8.5km in total. A lovely place to hike & a good track.

S K on 27 Jul, 2019

Pleasant walk for our 2 and 4 year old kids. Some handholding on the steps, but no big deal.

AndrewD on 6 May, 2019

Took the tip to do the walk in an anti-clockwise direction then went on to the Palm Creek circuit out to the Sandstone overhang, back along the same track to the other part of the Palm Creek circuit to Buaraba creek, back to the Palm Creek circuit and finally the rest of the Rainforest circuit to make one big walk. The cool rainforest made this an enjoyable walk on a hot day.

Nikkinoo on 6 Jan, 2019

Nice easy walk , lost of birds around , nice scenery mixture of native and rainforest

J on 26 Nov, 2016

Beautiful rain forest type environment. I combined it with the other walks in the park and had difficulties completing them all.

Steve F on 29 Oct, 2016

This is a really beautiful bit of rainforest and a good walk. We did the rainforest circuit and then the palm circuit, both were lovely but the rainforest circuit had more atmosphere and some really great old giant trees. The Rainforest has some stairs but is definitely easier than the Palm circuit.

SweetLorikeet on 7 Sep, 2016

We walked this track on our way back from Buaraba Creek. It would have been easier to walk in the other direction due to the stairs. If you're fit it wouldn't be a problem though.

Ian and Sue on 23 Oct, 2015


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