Cascades Circuit

Main Range National Park

A nice circuit starting off in a eucalypt forest and venturing deeper into the rainforest along the upper reaches of Dalrymple Creek.

Waterfalls
Toilets
No Dogs Permitted
No Horses Permitted
Rainforest

Getting there

The trail starts and finishes on the eastern side of the Manna Gum campground, found in the Goomburra section of Main Range National Park. Turn onto Goomburra Road from either the Cunningham Hwy at Gladfield or the New England Hwy near Allora. Turn onto Inverramsay Rd and continue for approx 40km. It changes to Forestry Reserve Rd, and the final ~20km are on dirt road but in normal weather 2wd access is fine. Follow the signs to the Manna Gum campground (just beyond Poplar Flat) and park there; toilets provided here. 

Maps

https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range/pdf/main-range-goomburra-map.pdf
https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range/pdf/main-range-park-guide-april2011.pdf

Route/Trail notes

A nice circuit continuing on from the shorter Dalrymple Circuit, running along the creek of the same name. The start is in very bushy vegetation on a well trodden path. As you venture deeper into the forest there are several creek crossings which can be at times tricky to spot, but nothing that can't be figured out with a minute or so of scanning the opposite side of the creek (only some of the crossings are marked with an orange triangle). The first half of the hike is mostly flat or slightly downhill with one or two exceptions. After halfway there is lots of climbing through rainforest to get back to the top of a ridge and out of the forest, at which point the trail becomes more of a fire trail with vehicle tracks. You can continue back to the carpark on this or you can take a detour by turning onto the adjoining Ridge Track. Scattered cascades, a couple of waterfalls and a few points at which you could take a swim. All in all a very nice track! 

Permits/Costs

No permits required. No cost. 

Other References

https://www.weekendnotes.com/camping-goomburra-main-range-national-park/

Comments

The best walk in the Goomburra section in my opinon, beautiful forest scenery with creek crossings and rockpools to enjoy. Vegetation changes a number of times as you move through and change elevations. An easy walk completed in 2hr 20min.

BrentG on 28 Jul, 2019

A great walk that takes you through a range of vegetation and cascading waterfalls. This is a peaceful part of the world to enjoy.

Joanne Brennan on 27 Apr, 2019

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Pat on 10 Apr, 2019

We did this circuit counterclockwise, starting from the campgrounds, and it took us a little under 2hrs without rests. It's a beautiful walk mostly following a creek, so lots of creek crossings and little waterfalls along the way. The first half was up and down, whereas the second half was a decent slog uphill, then down towards the end on a wider track. We saw lots of wildlife and birds, including several snakes leaving the trail, and some small wallabies.

noniej on 12 Jan, 2019

This is a great Circuit with plenty of creek crossings and a bit of rock hopping. A few decent inclines to get the heart rate up. My GPS said 8.4km. Completed in 2 hours, 35 minutes with my 12 year old step son. Highlight : creek crossings.

omb055 on 8 Apr, 2018

Completed this while camping in Goomburra for NYE. Pleasant track with enough inclines to get the heart pumping. Forgot to start my GPS and began to worry when a storm rolled in but the nature of the trails in this section means it's almost impossible to take a wrong turn to get lost. Saw a few blind snakes and what may've been an eastern brown, so keep your eyes peeled. Couple of mint swimming spots if it's warm, which we made good use of!

walkingwithtim on 31 Dec, 2017

A great walk while camping at Manna Gum camping spot

Andrew.P on May, 2017

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