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

Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

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.


A wee gem

Rob King on 16 Jun, 2018

This is a proper hike! Very steep at the start, but it works up to spectacular views. Took us only 3 hours

Courtlynn Powell on 25 Apr, 2018

Wasn't sure what to expect initially but thoroughly enjoyed this mountain. It is fairly steep the entire way with some decent rock scrambling as well (similar to Tibrogargan except without the exposure). I took a GPS after reading through the comments and though it could be completed quite easily without one, it was nice to check every now and then to make sure we were on track. Took us about 1hr 45 to summit (fairly casual rate of climb). The view of the summit is obscured until you get to the end of the scrambling section, then it is a gentle hike to the lookout. As people have said earlier, there is a counter intuitive downhill portion of the climb where the track diverts around a sheer cliff, just keep a look out for the arrows to confirm you're heading in the right direction. Loved the view, loved the climb, one of my faves so far. Saw a snake this time, had a good streak going of not seeing any up until now.

Vonsnrub on 25 Apr, 2018

I wouldn't say it was a walk, more like a hike up a mountain, and certainly requiring a good amount of effort! I found it a challenge but one I would do again. Burning thighs, and heavy breathing, the first part started off with an upward walk climb and it was tough, hot, and I nearly gave up right there! But I was persuaded to get to the first viewpoint, controlled my breathing and continued on and was so glad I did. Ended up going to the top. I went with a guide from Mount Barney lodge (Innes and Rachel and their son Conner) I would highly recommend it if you are not familiar with the Mountain. We saw the sunset and the Easter moon. It was worth it in the end. It took us from 230pm to 9pm to get up and back with dinner and coffee up the top included.

Lilly on 1 Apr, 2018

Did this on Easter Sunday with my son lachlan, good hike, got a little of track at times but soon picked up the trail again, was a little challenging but not as hard as Barney.
Great views from the summit.

Dingo:) on 1 Apr, 2018

Have climbed Mt Maroon previously and still consider it to be a great climb. The descent was just as challenging with both of us slipping in loose rocks more than once. We got lost on the way down but soon found the way after 10 minutes. Fantastic viewing from the top. Spotted black-footed Wallabies at the base of the mountain.

AkkaJacko on 30 Mar, 2018

Really good short hike with some fun scrambling at points. Lots of wildlife to see as well.

Matt on 11 Mar, 2018

Rewarding walk for not too much effort. Had fun taking our time up and exploring all the different rock formations along the way. Lots of wildlife including rock wallabies and Australian Kind Parrots. Nice little stream half way up to have a play in and cool down.

Lia Skye on 28 Feb, 2018


Michael Richards on 18 Feb, 2018

I love this mountain! The hardest part for me was keeping on the right track as there are a few places where it's easy to get lost. Once you know where you're going it's great - love the summit and the views!

Juiced Pixels on 10 Feb, 2018

This is a really nice walk. It's relatively short but decently steep and it certainly gets the heart pumping. We took 3 hours all up including a leisurly morning tea at the summit.

Brendan on 28 Jan, 2018

Beautiful views from the top...Take lots of water and you should be fine. You can visit both of the peaks we went to the one on the right and then rock hopped across the saddle to the one on the left which is the main peak offering one of the most spectacular views i have seen Barney, Ernest, Lindesay you can see them all.. Easy to get lost on this mountain we did and ended up descending to further down the gorge and thats when it gets dangerous as heaps of loose rocks and stones and a few snakes.. We then had to climb back up the near vertical section to get to the spot where you turn off and descend the normal way.. heaps of people up and down.. Would recommend this one to any one who loves a tough climb with amazing views.. reasonable level of fitness required...

Ashwin on 19 Jan, 2018

Great hike, we started early morning to avoid heat, which was great idea indeed. Impressed by the narrow and steep pass between the rocks, bit challenging though. Last bit of rock scrambling was fun to the summit. Nice view from the summit.

Mark Aryal on 2 Jan, 2018

I would recommend being suitably prepared for this one and knowing your limits.
As others have stated, there is a section in the track where you are inclined to go left and continue upwards (we did) but it leads to a dead end with a vertical uphill climb. Don't attempt the uphill climb. We did thinking this was the route and it was dangerous to get back down when we realised it was the wrong way. Make sure, in the junction, you go right even though the track winds downward and around the base of the mountain (as others have said it feels counter-intuitive to do that). The scramble seemed REALLY easy after the initial climb we attempted, though, and I had a good amount of adrenaline to take me up.
Overall it was a nice walk, took us about 5 hours to get up and down (including getting lost) and I'd recommend it to those who are physically fit and have done at least some scrambling or uphill stuff before. Bring plenty of water (minimum 3L)!

J_Jenwren on 31 Dec, 2017

Went up 17th December 2017 about 7:15am and it was hot. Steamy in the trees and baking on the exposed top. I went through most of my Camelbak water bladder.

Wore ankle-high hiking boots and wished I'd worn sneaker-style ones instead. The ankle-height ones don't allow enough ankle flex to push off with your calves enough on all the steep slopes.

On the way down we met a group who'd headed down 20 minutes before us but got lost around the rocky gully not far from the top.

Rey Leon on 17 Dec, 2017

1hr 45m drive from the Gold Coast and well worth the effort.
My first time in Mount Barney National Park and can't believe I haven't heard about this area until now, will be back for more for sure.

Nigel Patterson on 10 Dec, 2017

The track follows the SE ridge up. You will see a peak to your right and a smaller peak straight ahead - perhaps counterintuitively, you must follow the track down in the direction of the gully which separates both peaks. The track then leads you to a scramble reaching a flat section where you can head slightly east to a small rocky outcrop for some views before continuing on to the peak.

Cyn on 25 Nov, 2017

Did this trek with a small hangover. We started around 10.30pm and sumitted in approx 1hr 40min. It was quite challenging but I enjoyed the workout. Navigation was pretty easy, the path was reasonably clear and there were small orange markers to guide us. It was very quiet and we only saw 2 other hikers. The summit had a spectacular view and it wasn't too hot today. I even tried out my Lifestraw in some puddles up the top. Highly recommend this hike if you're fit and have good mobility.

candycroc on 12 Nov, 2017

Great 3 hour trek. Pace however you like at the start to your own fitness level, through the gorge, then to the top for 360 degree views. Great climb with great views! A great climb for climbers preparing for Mount Barney! :-)

GregB on 29 Oct, 2017

Beautiful day for a walk

drewmac on 22 Oct, 2017


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