Wilson's Peak

Main Range National Park

Follow the Qld/NSW rabbit fence to one of the only peaks straddling the border

Getting there

From the Boonah-Rathdowney road, turn onto Carney's Creek Road. Follow it all the way to the rabbit fence. Where the road meets the rabbit fence there is a little area to the right where you can park your car (near a no-through road sign). If you hit the Boonah Border gate and cross into NSW, go back into Qld by about 1 km)

Maps

There is no real need for a map, just follow the rabbit fence to just short of the summit.

 

Qld Sunmap doesn't list the walk as a trail. The map shows a cliff at a steep climb halfway up the mountain, though shows just steep contours at what is really the cliff at the final section near the peak

 

Route/Trail notes

The navigation of the route is quite easy. Start walking with the rabbit fence on your left. The first few kilometres go undulate, sometimes rather steeply, along a 4wd track. You eventually start getting views of Wilson's Peak before the track leads into thicker rainforest.

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS WHEN THE TRACK IS WET! We did, going against the warnings from my guide book, and it was a horribly hard walk. Once the rainforest has been entered the track becomes extremely steep and slippery with only unreliable loose rocks and roots to grab onto, or the barbed wire rabbit fence. We spent most of the time falling or controlled sliding.

Once you've entered the rainforest, keep following the rabbit fence up and up. Eventually the fence gets mossier and loses the barbed wire, and crows nests start growing along the trees and rocks.

Eventually, after quite a long scramble over mud, moss and rocks, you'll get to where the fence is anchored into the cliff face itself. Any rabbit that has gotten to this point deserves to get across the fence (in my opinion).

To the right of the cliff face, there is a very small path that should be easy to follow. If not, just start walking with the cliff face constantly on your left. After approximately 10-15 minutes (it took us a while because of the rain and wind) you will get to a point where the track appears to head downhill again. If you look up at your left, you will see a cleft in the rocks. Follow this up, over the well worn tracks through the tea trees to the peak. The peak is amongst the trees, but there is a survey marker and a cairn at the point. From the cairn, walk along a track 15 metres towards the queensland side, where you can sit and enjoy the view before heading back down the steep and slippery descent.

 

Permits/Costs

None

Other References

We grabbed this one from "Take a Walk in South East Queensland" pg 280

Comments

I did this walk today in perfect conditions and the notes were spot on. No navigation skills needed as long as you can recognise a fence and a rock wall. I was surprised to find the fence in such good condition for most of the way, although there were a few small branches and trees across it in a few places, it must still be being maintained up to a point where no rabbits would venture. Glad I took the poles too as the leaf litter on the steep slopes made for a lot of slipping, one pace forward then slide half a pace backwards. Only one spot at the top with a view, but it was a good one. For reference only, it took slightly over three and a half hours up and back and I am 70, so the 6 hour allowance is quite liberal in my opinion

jgmansell on 24 Jul, 2019

It was bucketing down rain and ridiculously slippery

JakeTheHiker1 on 4 Jul, 2019

Very detailed description that was all completely accurate. Took me 2hrs up and 1hr 45 down. Very easy mountain to navigate, you walk along the fence for the vast majority so very hard to get misplaced. The first 3/4s is undulating so you don't really gain any altitude until you get to the steep hike up the peak. VERY similar to Mt Cougall, views aren't quite as good and the uphill component is certainly longer. Saw a snake on the way back, fortunately it was on the NSW side of the fence. Could have hugged the fence if it wasn't covered in barbed wire.

Vonsnrub on 25 Mar, 2019

2 hours up, 1 hour 45 minutes down. Nearly stepped on a carpet python near the top

JakeTheHiker1 on 8 Jan, 2019

Easy to follow walk, but I must have come up the opposite side to the person who wrote the route navigation as everything was the opposite. I needed to be on the left side of the fence, and the path following the cliff face was to the left, not the right. Other than the confusing part looking for the path to the right, pretty easy to follow, with some limited but great views at the top. Definitely don't do it when wet.

B_razzle on 28 May, 2017

Great walk that for last 1.5klm of the outward leg is awesomely steep. Coming down is tricky with the leaf letter and moisture, slipped a couple of times.

Twevr on 28 May, 2017

Navigation is easy but dont do this walk in the wet.
Extremely steep hiking!

View from the top were hampered by low fog but otherwise a fun mountain to climb.

Zerpy on 21 May, 2017

Easy enough to navigate as you have the fence to guide you. The last part around then up the peak is easy enough. The steeper parts along the fence up towards the peak make this walk worthwhile as it can be challenging. The view is limited but nice. Took just over 3 hours for the round trip.

Grant on 1 May, 2017

Glad I had my walking poles with me - some steep sections not much rock scrambling. 2hrs up, 1.5 down. Cold on the summit this morning.

Shelley Green on 24 Oct, 2016

Well, to be honest, I wouldn't call it a track. It was like: let's go up on this ridge, even if it's overgrown by thick bush. The main difficulty on this hike was to find at least a tiny little path to walk on. You can find some old, rotten poles and some patches of rabbit fence wires as you progress further and use them as navigation aid but due to the thick vegetation it’s very easy to miss them and get lost.
So most of the time we were either pushing through thick vegetation (real bush bashing) or wondering aimlessly to find our way or jumping over/crawling under wired fences. For us it was more like a bush navigational exercise. 3 hrs up and 2 hrs down with lot of GPS usage. On the way up we chose to go around the big farm with the new fence from the right side, the way back we came from the other side but I’m still wondering which could have been the original track as both ways were equally hard to do :) The rocks at the top were not very difficult and the view was superb!
In summary, awesome experience but would not do it again soon :)

Greg on 7 Aug, 2016

Ascended via west ridge, descended part way down east ridge then via Kinnanes Falls to car shuttle point. 1.5hrs to summit, 6hrs total. Good conditions but a bit hazy.

Michael on 31 Jul, 2016

Very slippery walk in morning dew. Ideally not a walk to do super early. Gloves recommended as at times there is not much to hold on to other than the border fence.

alxhoff on 1 Feb, 2016

Was a good walk to tick off the list. Wouldn't do it again any-time soon. There were a few fallen trees along the fence which had to be navigated around.The lookout after the final rock scramble was fairly nice but it is quite blocked off as it has overgrown a bit.

Definitely do this walk when it hasn't rained, it was an interesting slip n slide on the way down. Also would recommend if using the Take a Walk in S.E Qld book to keep driving along Carney's Creek Rd until you go past the National park sign, then when you see a service road on the right with the rabbit fence following to park there.

Otherwise drive just before the border gate and park there. Was an easy gate to jump over to get started.

Michael_G on 15 Jun, 2015

Steep, but the views are perfect, well worth the effort

Shell on 24 Apr, 2015

First time doing it in the dry and it was a tough walk but beautiful rest spot up the top.

Allan Allport on 25 Apr, 2014

Just come back from the hike. It was a little damp and was still pretty slippery even without rain.

Good up hill work out, though the final 30m scramble/climb was beyond my (non-existant) basic rock climbing skills. I was pretty sure I could pull myself up the rock fissure though half way up didn't think I could safely get down, so called it off 30m from the top.

All in all a great walk and I'll be back when I have aquired some basic rock climbing skills.

Tprindo on 7 Jul, 2012

Nice walk. I started this from the western side of the peak.

Jimmy on 7 Apr, 2012

What a great walk!, And one of the most memorable, the lichen blowing in the rainforest trees, the low cloud cover and with it threating to rain made this a mystical experience, and to see what looked like a hugh rock monolith sticking out of the ground before you,and its top shrouded in mist/cloud was sheer magic and brought a smile to my face after enduring those steep ascents along the rabbit fence...the view from the top was just cloud..and the cairn of rocks has a small tree growing out of it and is nearly covered...what a fantastic afternoon, coming back down didnt seem to take long...except for the last stretch which was completed in the dark, rain and cold

Walkinghawk on 11 Jun, 2011

Umm should have listened to the guide book, was wet and this was a hard walk, lots of slipping and scrambling up a very steep, muddy path with not much to hold on to. A few vert steep, dodgy bits. Got to the top and there were good views, the way down was actuallly alot easier using a combination of sliding and bum toboganing. Recommended if you want a challenge

luke Jackson on 27 Jul, 2010

Ascended from west along the fence then contoured north to find a suitable line to the summit. Steep bush-bash. We backed down few sections too steep and slippery to scramble safely. Returned to the fence thanks to GPS and back to the car. Nice place but not a walk I would repeat.

Anonymous on 9 Aug, 2009

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