Bare Rock track and Morgan's Walk

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

Lookouts
Rainforest
1014m
Maximum Elevation
468m
Total Climb

Getting there

From Brisbane follow the Cunningham Highway towards Cunningham's Gap. At the top of the gap turn right into a car park adjoining the highway. Follow the Mt. Cordeaux track which leaves from the edge of the car park.

Maps

The track is clearly marked so no map is required, however, the Sunmap Cunninghams Gap sheet covers the area.

Route/Trail notes

The Bare Rock track turns off just before the Mt. Cordeaux lookout. Follow the track as it passes through a saddle and into the rainforest. Morgan's Walk leaves the main track 680m short of Bare Rock and visits a beautiful grove of montane heath.

GPS Tracks

Comments

Long but easy walk. In shade most of the way. Took 4.5 hrs.

Clem on 17 Oct, 2020

Not a good year for the spear lilies flower spikes. Perhaps effected by the bushfires last year. At least the plants are okay.

Wanderlust on 5 Oct, 2020

A fantastic hike with stunning views and lovely rainforest, we loved it! We started at 7.30am and saw lots of wildlife! We saw a huge goanna on the path and a python that must have been about 1.7 metres long, he took about 10 mins to move off the path so we could continue on to Bare Rock. We stopped at Mt Cordeaux on the way back, stunning views!

Nads on 25 Sep, 2020

Very scenic. The well marked track is very easy to find and follow. Signposting at all intersections. Car park is small. Get there before 8am to increase your chances of getting a park. Combined this walk with Mount Cordeaux. Beautiful views. A scenic walk from start to finish. There are cliff edges so bear that in mind if you have children. Bring warm clothes as it can be chilly and windy at the top. A gorgeous walk. It’s uphill until Mount Cordeaux but it’s not strenuous.

Caroline on 12 Sep, 2020

Great walk stunning views.

ian parker on 5 Sep, 2020

Nice windy day on the mountain, great hike though! Not too taxing and views/scenery were well worth it. Even saw a couple of Lyrebirds!

jeabou on 28 Aug, 2020

Took us about 4.5 hours if you take out photos and lunch stop. Really nice. Will definitely do again some time. Very windy and cold at Bare Rock.

Natalie Noon on 16 Aug, 2020

Quite busy on a public holiday. Parking is very limited.
Steady incline all the way to bare rock. Worth the detour to Morgan's walk for a slightly different view. Very fire damaged at Morgan's walk lookout still. Nice walk through varying vegetation.

Jimcar on 14 Aug, 2020

Nice, easy track. Muddy in parts but nothing to complain about. A lot of interesting things to see along the way, take a long sleeve.

Jemma on 11 Aug, 2020

Easy walk with some great views, and some beautiful scenery. You're walking through rain forest so the temperature will be quite pleasant.

Nittus on 10 Aug, 2020

An early morning start was well worth it and we were rewarded with a space in the car park at 7am and hardly any other walkers on the way up. Bit chilly in places, wind resistant jacket recommended. Relatively easy continual climb up clear paths and rock steps. Track from Mt Cordeaux to Bare Rock was an easy relatively flat walk and worth the extra distance. At this time of year I appreciated a light pair of gloves as well.

Kerry on 2 Aug, 2020

Tackled this one again as show and tell for my partner! I really love this walk for the lush rainforests and birdlife. We walked the Mt Cordeaux, Bare Rock, Morgan’s Track then the Rainforest Circuit. Total of 15km. A wonderful morning out walking! Try to get to the mountain before 8am to get a park otherwise it’s too busy!

S K on 1 Aug, 2020

It was a great walk. We walked to Mt Cordeaux first then continued on these walks, totalling 15km. Do this walk early in the morning - gets very busy. Would do it again.

Anoogle on 1 Aug, 2020

Started at 9am which was really quiet on the track. Walked to Mt Cordeaux first then onto Bare Rock and Morgan’s Lookout. Although this is an ‘out and back’ track, it’s awesome! This is just as green and lush as any of the Gold Coast hinterland walks just not as crowded. The views are amazing. I saw heaps of birds getting around which was lovely - a wompoo fruit dove, whip birds, cat birds, albert’s lyrebird, wrens, robins etc. On the way back to the car, I also added on the Palm Grove Circuit (approx 4km) bit this was rather uneventful. Total was 17km in 4 hours with an elevation gain of 605 metres.

S K on 21 Jul, 2020

We arrived at around 10am and there was absolutely no where to park. After a 1.5hr drive to get there, I freaked out a bit but decided to drive down the road and see how far the next stop was. There is another carpark/ picnic ground down the road that has a 2.5km hike to get to the carpark. It is really beautiful and worth the walk. What it does mean though, is that it takes another 5km onto your hike.
We did the full bare rock and Morgans track. The additional km really packed a punch, safe to say I was exhausted by the end. In saying that though, one of the best hikes I have completed. So varied along the track. The Gondwana at your feet. Something I will definitely complete again.

Samramham on 17 Jul, 2020

Wonderful rainforest hike! Stunning views of main range. Not difficult for moderate fitness level

MandaPanda on 8 Jul, 2020

Great walk. A little steep and slippery in parts, but well defined track.

Stephen Pinel on 8 Jul, 2020

This was such an enjoyable walk! The lush green of the rain forest was beautiful. The panoramic views from Bare Rock are excellent. And a little birdsong here and there was a treat for the ears.

We went on quite a windy day, so it was even more cold and windy at Bare Rock. But we were still able to enjoy lunch and a hot drink on the leeward side. If you feel the cold, be sure to have a good warm layer and a wind breaker of some type.

The terrain was easy to manage. There are exposed edges/cliffs at Bare Rock, so a little care is of course necessary.

We stopped at Mt Cordeaux on the way to Bare Rock. Mt Cordeaux also has great views, but Bare Rock's are definitely a step up, and well worth the extra enjoyable walking distance.

We also added Morgan's Walk on the return as it is such a short detour. It was worth adding, even if only for the more extended view of the range stretching north. Again, there are exposed edges/cliffs (with a very steep and long drop), so take the necessary care.

Note also that the carpark can be very busy. At 10:30am, I had to park down the road a bit on the somewhat narrow shoulder.

This is a walk that I will be recommending to friends and family. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Marty MH on 24 May, 2020

Went Friday at about 1PM alone. Not a single soul there. Car park is directly next to highway so access was really easy. The walk up is almost entirely an incline, but not overly steep. I'm not that fit and found it fairly easy, however if you go this time of year bring a thick jacket, it was freezing and windy. It's a very long walk to the top, 3/4 of the walk is dense rainforest which was beautiful. Very few sections have notifcable damage from the fires, most of it has grown back now. The track is super easy to follow and very clear. Once at the top you have the choice between continuing to bare rock (another 2.8km) or go to the Mt Cordeaux look out which is another 60m. I decided to continue to bare rock. About half way there is an opening and an amazing view and at the top there was an even better view. It's fairly flat at the top, flat enough to sit down and have something to eat and chill out with 360 degree views, breathtaking. On the way back down I stopped at the Mt Cordeaux look out. Very nice views here too. I was hoping to catch the sunset but didn't realise the sun set in the opposite direction of the view. Definitely a sunrise view. By the time you get back to the bottom you're pretty tuckered. Completed in 4.5 hours with about half hour chilling out at the top and stopping for photos on the way.

Jake L on 1 May, 2020

Easy beautiful walk for the family.
youtube video https://youtu.be/ogdt8hGzLjs

Grunter on 27 Mar, 2020

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