A walk up to the top of Mt Greville circa 770m. Up the South East Ridge and down Palm Gorge.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required
No Dogs Permitted
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 plae 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

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

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

You can tell by how many times this trail has been ticked that this is one of the faves in SE QLD. We haven't done tonnes but it would be in our top three for sure.
The drive from Brisbane was straightforward and finding the car park was easy.
I had enjoyed a few brown lemonades the night before and let me tell you that it didn't help on a day that hit 37 degrees. You gain elevation very quickly though Palm Gorge but the views at the top are fantastic.
We stopped off in a few spots as you'll probably see in the GPX file 'Up Palm Gorge down Waterfall Gorge'. Great views off west where we hit a little trail just before the summit. 605m if you check that file.
Views from the summit where the large cairn is located are fantastic but we all agreed our favourite views were from High Point Lookout on the way down. Hard to miss as you make your way down, traverse east and you'll see a large rocky outcrop which has fantastic views of some of the rock formations you could see on the drive in. If we weren't frying like eggs we probably would've chilled out there for a bit but with little shelter we pushed on. Definitely on the list for a winter morning.
We descended Waterfall Gorge to stay out of the sun on the SE Ridge. It helped a lot but ran into a group who were throwing huge rocks down the trail even after we passed them. Intelligent.
Followed that to the bottom to where the small waterfall is got some photos before scrambling up a small wall to meet up with the trail near the first junction.
All in all a great hike but I wouldn't do it on a day like that again. Couldn't even eat my Aratula pie! Unbelievable.
Oh, bring some repellent. I was bitten by a tick on this walk. Had to see the doc for some antibiotics.
Looking forward to cooler weather so we can do the SE Ridge.

Kingi on 6 Nov, 2018

Went with a group, up palm grove and down the SE ridge. Great variation in the hike, superb views at the top. Not too long either.

Caro on 27 Oct, 2018

Awesome climb! We made it to the top in about 1 and a half hours, then back down in about half an hour. Had a little trouble when we got to the halfway point because the track disappeared, but found it again with no hassle.

Michael Richards on 20 Oct, 2018

This was my second time on this walk. I decided to go up Palm Gorge, have a rest on the exposed rock plateau then on to the top. I then returned via Waterfall Gorge. A few steep sections but relatively easy walk. The gorges are beautiful and cool. I will do this walk again.

Brian on 10 Oct, 2018

I went with a group from the FB group Brisbane Hiking and Adventure Crew. We went up the Waterfall Gorge Track and down the Palm Gorge Track. On the way up Waterfall Track we ended up going off track and climbing the side of the gorge. It was possible to scramble to the top but we climbed back down to the gorge due to safety concerns.

The views of Lake Moogerah were simply spectacular from the lookout you pass once you exit the gorge. Well worth the extra effort to complete the Waterfall Gorge Track just for this view.

Not an extremely difficult walk technically (lots of loose rocks, some minor scrambling) but was more tiring then I thought it would be.

Blackthorne on 1 Oct, 2018

What a wonderful walk. We went up the Palm Gorge and attempted to go down Waterfall, but got a bit lost on the slopes and ended up going down SE Track. Despite this setback, it was a wonderful walk and one we will do again.

eiscaer on 29 Sep, 2018

Not technical but pretty tiring if you're not relatively fit. We went up Palm Gorge and also back Palm Gorge cause we got lost on the way down. We eventually found a track on the way back, turned out it was the same one we went up hahaha. Good views though!

jesse on 9 Sep, 2018

Up via waterfall gorge. Easy to follow (there were intermittent small pink markers). Came down via palm gorge. Great hike.

JayWalker on 26 Aug, 2018

A good hour south west of Brisbane is this gem of a walk. The route my party took was up the aptly named Palm Gorge and back down South East Ridge though having seen the base of Waterfall Gorge, I'd love to explore that route one day.

It is a decent slog up Palm Gorge but the atmosphere and scenery are really something. I felt a little like I'd stepped into a fantasy novel. It is a bit loose underfoot in places but as you are climbing up an ever narrowing gorge, there is plenty to hold onto.

From the top of that gorge which takes about an hour at a steady pace, it's about another 30 mins to the top. I felt the experience of climbing that gorge was worth the trip in itself as the views are not as good as those offered from the nearby Cunningham's Gap but it is still decent.

The way down through South East Ridge, it pays to keep your eyes peeled as it is possible to wander away from the actual track as the triangle markers can be a little tricky to spot. If you head parallel to the gorge route that is roughly the correct direction and the track becomes pretty well defined once you are off the plateau and heading down.

It is a little rough underfoot and scrambly on the way down so a bit of care is needed but takes about an hour or a bit under and is very manageable.

All in all quite a unique walk well worth checking out as it offers a number of circuits to mix things up. Probably one to avoid in the heat of a summer's day as it is fully exposed to the elements on the plateau area. Likewise if it has been raining heavily as the track would turn into a mud pit though it was and remains very dry out there. As others have noted, checking for ticks afterward is a must.

In summary, good workout, great experience in the Palm Gorge, decent enough views and unique circuits make it a must do.

Matty Vee on Aug, 2018

Went up SE Ridge. Easy to follow. One and a quarter hours to the top. No difficult climbing like the Glasshouses Mtns. Fantastic 180* panoramic views of the surrounding countryside on the way up. Enjoyed lunch on the summit with views of Lake Moogerah. Went back by Palm Gorge winding my way through lots of rocks and Palm Trees. Palm Gorge turn off, to the right, is a fair way down the SE Ridge track. Two stone steps are the indication you're on the right track. Got back to the car in about 3 hrs.

Jeff on 8 Jul, 2018

Up palm gorge. Tried to come down SE ridge but could not find the path. Back down palm gorge, which is one of the most beautiful I've seen so far in QLD. Next time would ascend via SE ridge and down waterfall gorge.

JayWalker on 7 Jul, 2018

We went up Palm Gorge and came back the SE Ridge. Track was fairly easy to follow, particularly up Palm Gorge where the only way you could really go wrong is if you try to traverse the sheer cliffs on either side of you. View at the top isn't as spectacular as Edwards, but coming back via SE ridge you are treated to an excellent view half way down with a panoramic 180 degree view. The walk wasn't overly difficult, took just over an hour to reach the top.

Vonsnrub on 3 Jun, 2018

A lovely challenge, with the incline starting straightway from the carpark. Take your photos from the top of the south ridge before reaching the summit. A nice window looking north-west from the summit but bush in other directions. Lovely scramble down through fern gorge. Took around 3.5 hours with lots of stops for photos :)

Samantha on 10 May, 2018

Hi, it's Harry the Hiker. My dad and I completed this hike in just under 3 hours, with a detour to waterfall gorge.
Climbing up palm Gorge was excellent, and the best hike I have done so far.
There are some areas of rock scrambling on this hike.

Harry the Hiker on 28 Apr, 2018

Driving up to greville was great with the morning sun shinning on the rock face and this mountain looks different from every aspect. We arrived at the car pack mid morning and getting ready to head off when we ran into 'harry the hiker' and his Dad.
Harry a young man of 8 and his dad gave great advise to ascend Palm Gorge and descent SE Ridge ( we were originally looking the other way around).
Palm Gorge was a steady hike up and took about 1 hour to get out and head onto the true peak. Made the peak in another 20 minutes and on the way down enjoyed the great view from SE Ridge.
Next time Waterfall Gorge.
We really enjoyed this hike and looking at returning soon for this and Mt Edward !

KidBear on 28 Apr, 2018

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