Mt Maroon is provides some of the best views in South-East Queensland, with a 360 degree views ranging from Lamington NP through Mt Barney, the length of Main Range and the Moogerah Peaks.

Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required
Eucalypt Forest

Getting there

The track leaves from the end of Cotswold Rd which turns South of Boonah-Rathdowney Rd 2.7km East of Maroon township. The track ends at a small dam about 3.5km from the turnoff.


The Maroon 1:25000 covers the area.

Route/Trail notes

Follow the open hill just south-west of the dam. A reasonably clear track leads up the hill reasonably quickly (I wouldn't say it's steep, but if you've been doing graded tracks it'll get the heart pumping... ok, it's fairly steep!).

This track leads into a gully with some spectacular cliffs off to the right. If you're into rock climbing this cliff offers some good options. Just search for Ruby of India to get started.

Climb up the gully, taking care not to dislodge rocks down on your fellow hikers. At the top of the gully a track leads through a small area of vegetation before emerging at the base of the main, bald peak. Simply wind your way up this peak to the large cairn at the top and enjoy the views.

There are some trail markers along the way - orange triangles - but you should have reasonable navigation skills to attempt this one.

GPS Tracks


Great walk! Very hilly and difficult but absolutely worth the walk for the views!

calexgw on 20 Mar, 2020

Extremely steep uphill but entirely worth it for the view

Itonist584 on 28 Feb, 2020

Awesome hike! Absolutely loved it!!

Just be careful once you get passed the first steep walk. There’s an orange marked that’s pointing up towards the fake summit and it kind of looks like the tracks going up over the rocks. Got down and round to the right and follow the little track through there. You might come passed another little orange marker pointing up towards the fake summit again, ignore it and keep following the track round til you reach a sign about falling rocks. From there it’s pretty straight forward.

When you get to a little clearing, Forrest type area go towards the right and you’ll see a marker showing you the track. There’s some trees down over the path from the storm but you can easily go around them and keep tracking up towards the summit.

Such a good climb! Would recommend!!

Tui Jade on 20 Oct, 2019

Tough walk, but worth it once you get to the summit. There are at times tracks that are misleading, so you need to double back. If you use the map, it helps you to get back on track.

Rach on 21 Sep, 2019

Really fun and beautiful hike. After doing Beerwah and Tibro a few months back, this felt like a walk in the park in terms of technical difficulty. As some have mentioned, requires some navigational ability, but the track is fairly obvious in most parts.
Took roughly 1hr10mins on ascent, and spend a fair bit of time alone on the summit. Stunning 360degree views. Spent another 2-3hours exploring the top and hiking up the false summit (the rock feature so prominent when doing the first section).
Really stunning scenery and enjoyable hike. Will be back for sunrise or sunset in the near future.

Paul B on 21 Sep, 2019

Easy to find. A difficult climb with rock scrambling. I was the only one trekking early hours of the morning. The track was dusty, parts were not well defined, I got lost but found my way. The views were spectacular!

ZinZin on 7 Sep, 2019

I’ve been wanting to climb Mt Maroon for a while, and today was forecast to be perfect so a plan was made. I arrived at the car parking area at about 9am – and there were already quite a lot of people here. I started up the dusty trail. Clouds of dust formed every time my boot went down. They need rain out here so badly. Even the prickly pears are withered!

I started climbing the spur and clambering over the rocks. The dust did make navigation easy though, I don’t think there’s any way of losing the trail up here at the moment, and if you did for some reason you would find it again as long as you stick to the top of the spur. Then a quick change of scene – one minute you’re walking the ridge, next thing you’re climbing in the bottom of a valley. This part wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, I just took it slow – and ignored the sign that tells you not to linger in this zone. I rested when I needed it.

Made it to the summit and admired the views. Barney is amazing, but the view towards Rathdowney and Running Creek Valley were so nice, even though the ground was brown. Lake Maroon on the other side looked inviting.

Time to climb down. I was a bit worried about the descent. I don’t descend well. I often get sore knees and am far from nimble. I’m a climber, not a descender. I was surprised - I climbed down the valley and was surprised how quickly it took. But then the trek down the spur… one of my knees was getting a bit sore, and I felt like I was trekking down through the dust forever. Down and Down. But eventually I was back at the carpark. 3 hours up and 2.5 hours down.

MattyRx on 18 Aug, 2019

We conquered Mt Maroon rock scramble/ climb. Elevation 966mts. 6km return. Mainly rock scrambling/ climbing to the summit. I'd class it grade 5: hard. As there is no clear hiking track. We just followed previous comments of the yellow triangle markers and previous hiker foot prints. There were few signs, letter markings and worn out orange paint to help navigate the route.
We followed the open hill track just past the dam and through a gate. Then up a clear dirt track that leads up a steep hill.

The track leads to a steep rocky hill climb and then a steep boulder scramble. This took us about an hour to reach the plateau where we veered right to start the steep descent into the gully. This offered some spectacular views of the cliffs and surroundings.
We came to the bottom of the gorge where we saw a danger sign indicating the no stopping/ lingering zone. We then turned towards the left and started the steep rock climb up the gully. From here it took us about 20 mins to reach the saddle or camping zone.

We turned right and followed the track leading through a small area of vegetation before emerging at the base of the main, bald peak. With some more rock scrambling/climbing up the bald peak. We navigated it by the worn orange paint markings and yellow arrows on rocks. We made our way up to the peak to the large cairn at the top and enjoy the 360 degree views. Taking approx 2.5 hours.

What an amazing place at the top. We were the only ones up there and enjoyed a yummy packed lunch. It took approximately 2hrs back down. Navigating by white spray paint markings and previous memory of the journey.

Charlie on 23 Jul, 2019

Another great visit to the summit

Juiced Pixels on 21 Jul, 2019

A nice hike, challenging, great views from the top.

BrentG on 14 Jul, 2019

Reasonable walk, not too long. Good for the family, we took along our 6 year old grandson and he did very well. Great views at the top, definitely worth it. I wouldn't mind to return one day.

Nahar on 14 Jul, 2019

We did this walk on a beautiful clear day with great 360 views of Lake Maroon. Mount Barney, Mt Lindsey and even Mt Warning way in the distance. To find the start of the walk you don't go right to the end of Cotswold Rd. but stop at the first car parking area near a little dam. From here you head off to the right and you'll see the track. At first the track is well defined but at a rocky section there is a right turn. Later there is an obvious left turn which takes you up the gorge. Overall it's a physically challenging climb but no special rock climbing skills are required. If you're young and reasonably fit this track shouldn't be a problem. We got up in under 2 hours and down in one and a half hours.

Jeff on 14 Jul, 2019

Great track. You can get a bit lost momentarily as there are some false trails but you should soon realise this. Getting very popular. Some very unprepared people up there. Very cold at the top and it was windy. Care needs to be taken in the chimney climb and you will feel it in your legs. It was my first time up there and I liked it better overall than Barney- particularly as you get to look at how great Barney is! Doesn’t take nearly as long either. Views are the best in the whole area.

Smartywishbone on 22 Jun, 2019

An old favourite. 4hr round trip. Hard to get away from the top with the fantastic views. Great workout and will test the ticker.

Rob E on 16 Jun, 2019

Got lost, a lot, so many different ways to get to the peak, the path constantly splits and was never really sure which way was the 'right way' to go. But, it was awesome! Climbing up the chimney section was amazing, highly recommend a good pair of shoes.

patren on 8 Jun, 2019

After falling in love with Mt Maroon my 1st climb, it was necessary to come back again, this time we tried for sunrise. The weather forecast just before we left Gold Coast had said it would be sunny, by the time we got there it was surrounded in cloud. In hope the clouds were briefly visiting, we begun walking up. We lost the track a couple of times heading across, towards the base of the gorge, in the dark, so many (possible) tracks become visable. However, remembering a few landmarks/rocks from the previous climb, helped get us back on track. Going up the gorge, it began to rain a bit. We continued slowly and cautiously. When reaching the summit, still cloaked in cloud and mist, we noticed someone had knocked down the cairn that was stacked last time. After a while up top the clouds began to clear, sun glowed and some of the amazing views below were being revealed.
I really enjoy Mt Maroon, 1st section up is great for the lungs and legs, gorge is a fun climb, up top there is so much to explore and the views of scenic rim, Mt Barney, Mt Lindsay etc are breathtaking.

rainbowshlee on 20 May, 2019

Great walk. Lots of scrambling. A few more markers would be nice, but if you stick to the ridge for the first part you should be ok.
It's a shame that someone destroyed the man made cairn at the top.

Jimmy H. on 19 May, 2019

This one has become one of my favourites. Did it with my 6 year old and it’s his new favourite too. Strava showed almost 8km and took 4hours 30 return with a stop at the top for lunch. This hike is pretty unique. Got a little off the main track a few times but it all seems to connect back up. There are orange markers when you start getting closer to the top. Just stop and have a look around before you commit to a track and you will be fine.

Cityofangels on 19 May, 2019

Awesome walk with spectacular views from the top.However good footwear and care is needed as the track is fairly rough.

Olly on 11 May, 2019

1st time up and it has easily become one of my favorites. The 1st section up a bit of a challenge for lungs and legs, the 2nd part trying to navigate through big boulders close to the cliffs edge, the gorge climb up, initially daunting yet in the zone was fun and the views just keep getting better. Once up the top section, I can see how it's easy to lose your path as there are a few tracks. We explored. Navigated to the middle summit then the highest summit where the cairn is. Views are divine! Need to return to explore the other summit soon.

rainbowshlee on 10 May, 2019


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