Sandstone Overhang - 'The Caves'

Ravensbourne National Park

The Sandstone Overhang is one of the hidden surprises in Ravensbourne National Park. It is reached via the Rainforest and Palm Creek Circuits, at the end of a short side-track. The 'caves' aren't large enough to explore, but there is room for children and adults to sit under the ledge in the shade of the ferns that grow along its rim.

Officially listed as Grade 3/Medium difficulty (includes some steep/natural steps), this track is suitable for walkers with a moderate fitness level.

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest

Getting there

From Toowoomba, head north on the new England Highway, then turn right onto Esk-Hampton Road. Turn right onto National Park Road and park at the Blackbean Day Use Area. The trailhead is behind the picnic area.


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Route/Trail notes

Starting from the trailhead behind the picnic area, proceed straight along Rainforest Circuit. Take the hairpin left at the giant Sydney Blue Gum, then turn right at the signed interesection to Palm Creek Circuit. About half-way along this circut, turn right at the signed intersection to the Sandstone Overhang. There are some natural stone stairs just before you reach the Caves.



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Easy pretty walk

Joanne Hanssens on 5 Aug, 2023

did not get to the cliff edge because of trees and overgrowth on path

Zsa Zsa on 20 Jun, 2022

didn't get to the cliff due to overgrown path

erika A D on 19 Jun, 2022

Love this walk. Explored a little further past the caves today and found a disused carpark next to a dirt road. Might be a useful shortcut for a future visit (pretty sure it's a dry weather road only).

Steph T on 13 Jan, 2022

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

A fairly easy walk to the 'caves'. It was a nice spot to sit for morning tea.

Robyn on 23 May, 2021

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

S K on 27 Jul, 2019

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

J on 26 Nov, 2016

Easy to follow trail with a great mix of woodland environments.

Steve F on 29 Oct, 2016

Leeches and ticks abound.

mjorn_ on Mar, 2016

The overhang is really cool. There are two, so don't miss the second one.

Ian and Sue on 23 Oct, 2015

Nice easy walk, turns out there's a 4WD track that takes you directly to the overhang. Sandstone overhang is quite pretty. Very popular on weekends.

Alice on 7 Jun, 2015

Excellent rain forest habitat, coupled with some massive gum trees with some fallen down across the track.

Shell on 11 Jan, 2015

Easy and beautiful walk through the rainforest, with some amazing trees around

Allan Allport on 31 Aug, 2014


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