Main Range National Park

Summary

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

Parent Regions

History

Any interesting history for the region?

Features

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.

Maps

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.

Accommodation

Where can I stay there? or near there?

Camping

Other

Contact details

QPWS - http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?noback=1&parkid=94

Medium
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)

Medium
13 km
4.5 hrs

Bare Rock + Morgan's Walk

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

Hard
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)http://www.southee.com/Bushwalking/Ch15-MistakeMountains.html#label025. 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

Medium
9.5 km
5 hrs

Gap Creek Falls

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.

Very Hard
12.4 km
8 hrs

Lincoln Wreck Circuit

A very tough and steep, almost trackless walk to the summit of South-East Queensland's tallest mountain with a stop by the wreck of a plane from 1955.

Hard
10 km return
3 hrs

Mount Superbus

It may not provide any views from the summit, but at 1,375m above sea level Mount Superbus is the highest mountain in southern Queensland. By virtue of that fact, it's a must for any local peakbaggers.

Easy
960 m return
30 mins

Mt Castle Lookout

Short track walk to view great view of Mt Castle.

Medium
6.8 km
2.5 hrs

Mt Cordeaux

Mt Cordeaux forms the Northern side of Cunningham's Gap. The track ends at a platform just below the main peak and is ideal for viewing South, down the length of Main Range National Park. There are also good views of the Moogerah Peaks, Mt Barney and North to the Mistake Mountains.

Medium
10.98 km
3.5 hrs

Mt Mitchell

Mt Mitchell, one of two peaks on either side of Cunningham's Gap, is a good track walk which provides great views of Main Range, the Moogerah Peaks and through to Mt Barney.