Main Range National Park


Main Range National Park straddles the Great Dividing Range West of Brisbane. The park includes some of the most popular mountain walks in South-East Queensland including the highest mountain in the region, Mt Superbus.

Popular Walks

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Any interesting history for the region?


Lookouts and rugged landscapes are the highlight of Main Range. Walks range from well marked tracks like Mt Cordeaux and Mt Mitchell to multi-day off track treks down the range.


The large area which Main Range covers means quite a few maps are required to cover the whole area, but most walks will only use 1 or 2 of these. Sunmap 1:25000 sheets which cover the area include Cunninghams Gap, Mt Superbus, Wilsons Peak, Teviot, Mt Clunie, Mt Alford, Glen Rock, Townson, Thornton, Rosevale and Junction View

A 1:50000 sheet - Cunninghams Gap - is also available for the main area with adjoining maps of some use. Forestry maps may also be available.


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3.6 km return
90 mins

Araucaria Falls

Rainforest walk to the base of Araucaria Falls and then return. Elevation 830m (base of the falls)

13 km
4.5 hrs

Bare Rock track and Morgan's Walk

Bare Rock is a minor peak North of Cunningham's Gap with great views towards the Mistake Mountains.

5 km return
1 hr

Box Forest Track

Rain forest walk from top car park to the bottom rest area at Cunningham's Gap. Includes 2 creek crossings and plenty of little waterfalls along the way.

9 km return
4 hrs

Cascades Circuit

A nice circuit starting off in a eucalypt forest and venturing deeper into the rainforest along the upper reaches of Dalrymple Creek.
Dalrymple is a level 3 track - medium
Cascades is a level 4 track - hard
Easiest way is to complete in clockwise direction and end up on the fire track heading back to the camp ground.

400 m return
30 mins

Cliff Circuit

This walk takes you to the top of Queen Mary Falls, which is part of the headwaters of one of Australia's longest river systems, the Murray–Darling. Great care should be taken when viewing the gorge below. Supervise children closely.

20 km return
7 hrs

Cunninghams Gap to Laidley Creek Falls

I've always loved the view of The Ramparts to the north of Cunninghams Gap when driving up Main Range, and have done the walk from the Gap to Bare Rock on a couple of occassions. This is only a short walk on a well-graded track, and not too much of a climb. The view at the end makes this a great short walk all by itself. However, I've always wondered what lay beyond. There's a map and a reasonable description of the route from Bare Rock to Laidley Creek Falls in "Take a Walk in South-east Queensland" (John and Lyn Daly) - refer page 257 Cunninghams Gap to Mount Castle. There's also a description in the out of print (but online) Bushpeople's Guide to Bushwalking in Southeast Queensland (Sylvesters Lookout to Mt Cordeaux) Several blogs indicate that it is a difficult walk with no views. I decided to investigate for myself (and without available walking buddies for the day - by myself) last weekend (14 May 2016). I never intended to walk through to Laidley Creek Falls, just investigate conditions beyond Bare Rock with a view to doing the walk through later in winter. Following are my observations.

Very Hard
32 km
13 hrs

Cunninghams Gap to Mount Castle

9.5 km
5 hrs

Gap Creek Falls

Closed due to bushfires as at 15-Feb-2020

Starts at the Mt Cordeaux carpark. The walk branches off from the track to Mt Cordeaux at the firt Fassifern Valley lookout. From here the track is downhill through the forest intitially and then more open bush. There are lovely views over the farmlands and valley. There is then a short steepish climb down to Gap creek and the top of the falls. From here you can wander along the creek a little before returning the same way. Better to do it cooler months as the return trip is all uphill and very exposed.

300 m return
15 mins

Governors Chair Lookout

Magnificent views out over the Fassifern Valley.

Take a seat in the large rock at the edge which was popular resting spot for early governors on their journeys over the range at Spicers Gap.

Be careful as it is a sheer cliff edge.

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.