A walk up to the top of Mt Greville circa 770m. Up the waterfall gorge, then visit viewing platform rock slab near top of waterfall gorge. Continue to summit then return via palm gorge.

Waterfalls
Lookouts
Bird Watching
Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
767m
Maximum Elevation
610m
Total Climb

Getting there

 From Aratula drive towards Cunningham's Gap and turn off at the Spicers Gap Rd. Follow this road for about 8 km( it does become dirt for a while) then turn into Mt Greville Rd find the start after about 800m driving or so along Mt Greville Rd.

Maps

Sun maps Mt Edwards

Route/Trail notes

From the gate walk uphill to the sign posts about 400m, there are three alternatives Waterfall Gorge, South East Ridge and Palm Gorge. This walk goes up SE Ridge and comes down Palm Gorge.

Follow the rough track up SE ridge lots of scree at the bottom and a few cairns on the way up. There are some rocky slabs to scramble on and through and if you lose the rough trail then keep heading up through the grass trees. Eventually you will come to a second wide rocky slab with great views of the southern Fassifern valley and the southern Mountains of the Main Range, Mt Ballow, Mt Barney, Mt Edwards, Mt Moon, Mt Maroon and Moogerah Dam. There is a lower rocky slab with the same view. Keep tracking up to the left through the Grass Trees till you enter forest again near another cairn note a well trevelled footpath that descends into Palm Gorge, it is about 30m up from the cairn for easier access. Keep following the trail up hill to the summit where there are good views to the North and views of the Ramparts of The Main Range and Mistake and Little Liverpoool Mountains.

On the Descent look for a rough trail that heads up hill about 10 min from the summit. it leads to the head of a steep rocky Gorge that has a stunning view of Spicers Peak framed in its middle. About 10 min again from here locate the cairn and footpad that descends into Palm Gorge. Just keep following this down and take your time. There are loose rocks and slippery palm fronds on the ground but is well worth it. Pictures are necessary just to prove how beautiful this place is. Follow the rough footpad all the way back to the signposts and turn downhill to the carpark.

Altenate walks can include going up Waterfall Gorge and Traversing to the start of Palm Gorge across the Rock slab very enjoyable after summitting!

Permits/Costs

There is no camping in the Park.

Other References

Take A walk in the Sout East Queensland ; Chapman.

Comments

We did the hike with our 12 and 16 year old following the directions provided by Matthew Hae. These were invaluable! The two gorges are great fun and offer lots of opportunities for rock hopping and clambering. The view from the summit is not nearly as good as the view from the flat rock escarpment after Waterfall Gorge. Will definitely do again!

Monstar on 10 Aug, 2019

Surprisingly a very interesting and really enjoyable climb. The highlights are the 2 gorges and views from the rock slab at the top of waterfall gorge. Go up one gorge and come down the other, forget about south east ridge which is basically a steep, dry and dusty track with no highlights to mention . Use the 2 gems of this mountain (the gorges) as one for your track up and one your track down. On a hot day, choose to come down waterfall gorge and finish your hike with a refreshing dip in the lower rock pools at the end of the gorge.
Navigation can be abit confusing because there are multiple trail paths. There are clear tracks from the car park to the gorge entrances. Once you enter the gorges they are narrow so you cant get lost in them. Literally stay in the gorge and follow it until you run out of cliffs either side of you. The way i enjoy going is up waterfall gorge, when you climb out the top of this gorge walk to the right of the mountain on a flat path heading horizontally around the mountain until you come out at the big sloped pitched rock slab that you can walk out onto and get the best views, better than the summit. Then follow a path from here heading vertical again towards the summit, once you hit the smooth rock face of the mountain, start heading left and follow the bottom of this rock face horizontally back around to the other side of the mountain untill the track naturally starts taking you vertically again towards the summit. You will come to a ovious T junction in the red dirt track, turn right continuing vertically to the top. This fork is your turning point on the way back down. The last vertical climb to the summit is steep and gives a solid cardio workout. In my opinion the summit views aren't the best. To desend leave the summit the same track you entered, however about 100meters back down the summit track at the fork in the path , left is the way back to waterfall gorge and right takes you down to south-east ridge and palm gorge. *NOTE: this unmarked but distinct fork in the path is your critical turning point for choosing your return path down the mountain*. On the way down to palm gorge there is a little track off to your right with some nice veiws from the top of a inaccessible skinny gorge. A couple of hundred meters further down the main track there is a fork in the path, right is an ovious start to decend into palm gorge and left is a path that takes you to south-east ridge. Its worth taking a short 2min walk to the left over to the top of south east ridge for the moonrock gardens and the panorama, but apart from that, go back and head down palm gorge which is magic. You cant go wrong from there, hiking down palm gorge and following the track out the other end back to the car park. If however you went up palm gorge, and down waterfall gorge, remember when you get to the begining of the rock pools at the end of waterfall gorge you must scramble up the soft dirt embankment on your right to leave the gorge and then follow a small path downhill to connect with the main track returning you to the Carpark. The whole climb is a steep walk/hike with some boulder hopping and low level rock scrambling scattered throughout. Hope this helps.

Matthew Rae on 1 Aug, 2019

Went up and down South-East ridge. Got lost twice, almost walked off a cliff. Good fun. The rock gardens are where you're most likely to get lost. The paths are hidden by small palms, so check behind them if you're not sure where to go. There's also small arrows in some places pointing you in the correct direction, I didn't notice them on the way up but they helped me at one point on the way back down. Pro-tip: If you're walking on leaves, you've gone off the footpad.

Himalayan Pack Yak on 11 Jul, 2019

Very proud of our 4 year old girl who got us up via SE Ridge in 2 1/2 hours. Planned to go down same way after a late start but started down Palm Gorge by mistake - totally a must do but less fun with fading 4yo and light. Just got to easier ground by dark which was a relief. We love this mountain - will be back.

David on 30 Jun, 2019

A challenging incline and a rocky/palmy descent, but well worth it for the views and sense of pride in making the summit. I lost the track a few times during scrambles on the ascent and where palms covered the track on the descent, but calmly re-found it relatively easily. If you are a person who likes constant signage, this may not be the walk for you.

Bing Vandergraaf on 14 Jun, 2019

Amazing walk up the Waterfall Gorge

Kelvin Archer on 30 May, 2019

Nice place. I went up Palm Gorge and returned via SE Ridge Track

Glenn on 26 May, 2019

Great walk with my two teenage boys. Came down the palm gorge which is very cool. Got a little lost at the end but ended up finding the trail agin.

Ben Farley on 18 May, 2019

Did the classic: up SE Ridge and down Palm Gorge. Nice views on the way up. Palm Gorge is very pretty. Overall this is a very nice walk.

Brendan on 29 Apr, 2019

Decided to go up via Palm Gorge and descend via SE ridge. This is a really fun hike and I definitely recommend going up and down via different routes as you really get a different experience.

The track is fairly well defined although SE Ridge can be tricky as there are very few arrows to guide you. I would recommend some sort of GPS to avoid losing the trail.

DanielYNWA on 25 Apr, 2019

Dont underestimate this walk! It is very steep with loose gravel, and you have to scramble up rocks in numerous spots. The track also goes close to cliff edges- avoid if not good with heights! A challenging walk but the track is easy to find. Where there isnt a footpad there is white string tied on trees (april 2019).

Mittens83 on 23 Apr, 2019

A fun walk! Went up palm gorge and back down South east ridge.

Palm gorge wasn't too hard to navigate. Just look for the white tapes on the trees. After exiting the narrow gorge, the path is well defined all the way to the summit. Great views to the north and west.

South East Ridge was cool, windy and well defined. I stopped for the amazing views of Mt Moon, Mt Maroon, Mt Barney and Mt May. Easy on the way down.

In total; 2 hours going up, 1.5 hours coming down.

0zzyDave1234 on 20 Apr, 2019

Loved this hike! We went up South East Ridge and down Palm Gorge. SE Ridge began as a steep bush walk and later cleared to a bit of a scramble and stunning views. Coming down Palm Gorge was totally different surroundings and really neat- felt like two different hikes. When we were there, there was white strings tied around trees and bushes to help mark the trail; that said, the directions above were great. A little over two hours with a snack break. Definitely not a hike to be missed!

Hannah on 19 Apr, 2019

There are three ways to go up and down, but make Palm Gorge one of your choices - it has an other worldly, eerie quality and is really something to see.
If you go up and down the gorges there is heaps of rock hopping - so bring the poles if that's your thing.
The best views are just below the summit on the north side near a wide open cairn.
It took my moderately fit body just over 4 hours, with breaks.

Jimmy H. on 13 Apr, 2019

Up palm gorge and got lost trying to head down waterfall gorge. So ended up finding my own way and hooked back onto palm gorge track to head down. Great mountain but for those that don't have good navigation skills could easily lose your way. Wonderful views at top and gorge is amazing. Up and back in 2hrs flat.

JJandcaz on 10 Feb, 2019

Bloody hot

JakeTheHiker1 on 9 Feb, 2019

I went up and down SE Ridge. Great views from the rocky slab, not sure I'd worry too much about heading up further to the summit again, views are nearly as good, but still nice to have done that. Saw a glider (not sure which sort, too dark), wallabies and some wrens. Good challening walk.

Tanya on 19 Jan, 2019

I found this a hard hike. But the view was amazing looking out to Moogerah dam

HR on 13 Jan, 2019

Walked up Waterfall Gorge then to the summit, and down SE ridge. It was incredibly dry but as beautiful as always.

Dan456 on 6 Jan, 2019

Easier than I remember - or maybe I’m fitter.
Up waterfall gorge for the gorgeous views from the rocky slabs.
Down palm gorge which is like waterfall gorge without the views.
Saw people with two dogs - SO frustrating to see dogs in a national park 😡

Juiced Pixels on 25 Nov, 2018

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