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.

Lookouts
Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required
Maximum Elevation
966m
Total Climb
600m

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.

Maps

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.

Comments

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

Did this mountain via the Caves route, following gps way points and gut instinct. Up the ridge to the first peak on the horse shoe then heading across to the second peak where the tourist track finishes. descended via the gully. 7 hours all up and harder than the usual route with scrambling. Awesome route

jennersm on 30 Sep, 2017

Great views in all directions. Walk is strenuous but not long. Allow 2 hours to the summit. Not much parking so get there early.

Leigh on 9 Sep, 2017

Hi, Abit of apprehension, not being up before, abit rusty on the navigation. The walk was well populated on this morning, the track mostly well determined. Just abit hazy around the gully, with another group had split, half taking the left route. They were called by phone! Coming back down, just went down a rocky creek, loose rocks. Turned back quickly, to get back on track. This was at the bottom of the gully. Started at 0830, down at 1130. Most enjoyable walk, and views.

Legs eleven - Dave on 20 Aug, 2017

Second time on this walk and found our way to the summit! The first time, we headed left towards a cliff face and tried to climb that. It got too steep too fast and we got injured coming down. This time, we followed directions and went counterintuitively down through the gully before climbing up to the summit. Luckily we met travellers on the way who gave us further direction or we probably would have gotten lost again. Great, fun walk with rock scrambling towards the top.

Tularip on 23 Jun, 2017

Awesome views with all the fun of climbing and scrambling

Gary on 18 Jun, 2017

Great hike with HPHG mountain climbers. Left Brissie early and made it to the top by 8.30. Compared to Mt Barney SE Ridge last month - it was about 1/2 as hard, and similarly rewarding. Better range of forest to trek through: flat crater area near the top with a canopy of lush forest, fern gully, crazy wild winds at the 3 small peaks above the crater area. All round a great hike and not too long. Back in Brissie with 1/2 a day to spare.

lexnlondon on 10 Jun, 2017

Great hike this one! I wouldn't be too worried about navigation skills. Although the track is concealed in some areas it isn't like the path isn't obvious. Just take care! Has a few challenging sections but the view is great! Would recommend.

Anton477 on 9 Jun, 2017

Awsome view from the top and beautiful mountain the hike. Seeing barney from another perspective really is amazing in itself. Will happily do this hike again. Really enjoyed the rock scrambling. Perfect day and weather was had.

moniqueunique on 7 May, 2017

This morning we attempted to summit Mt Maroon, unfortunately the road has been damaged from Cyclone Debbie back in March. This has now temporarily made the road a 4wd access only, if you have a 2wd there is a small opening on the side of the road that 2 cars can fit on and walk the rest of the road (maybe 500m) but thats it, there were cars taking the spots already so we had to turn back. Hope you don't drive the 2hrs to this beautiful walk and find out you can't get there or park without being a disruption to the traffic.

kttt on 1 May, 2017

Definitely one of the best walk/climbs we have done. Lots of steep scrambling sections but nothing too steep or exposed.

Tim on 17 Apr, 2017

I read it was easy to lose the trail on the way back down, people it is true & easier than you think bc it's been really dry lately. I tried several routes but had to keep coming back to the section where I could find a marker, the large boulders & overhanging rocks can hide tracks. I was persistent for two hours before having to call Rathdowney Police to ping my location & a very clever Constable led me back to the track. The cliffs are shear & dry leaves and scree makes it very slippery. I'm an experienced hiker but was more than a little scared after taking a few slides. Thankfully I did not need to sleep in the mountain, but was looking like a real possibility, with no one else on the trail that day. I will not go it alone again & dint mind admitting I underestimated the risks. I had 3 litres of water, a portable phone charger, blanket, food & torch & a compass, so was well equipped. Just beware the elusive track, maybe someone could place a few more markers along the way next time you're heading up? QPS did mention they've rescued a number of hikers recently. Oh, sorry: views were amazing!!

Bernie on 25 Feb, 2017

Short dirt road into 'carpark'. Wonderful views and great hike. Steep in parts and would recommend a moderate to high level of fitness and 3-4 hours return depending on how fast you ascend - quite exhausting in parts. Steepest part is just after the track veers downhill then up a gully or sorts, good footwear recommended. The scrambling isn't too exposed, but may worry first time scramblers in a couple of bits. Awesome 360 degree views. Track is a little hard to follow in parts - if you get you'll know though, follow the yellow markers on rocks here and there.

Murray Thomson on 7 Jan, 2017

Track can be hard to find at times, if you're inexperienced like myself don't repeat my mistakes and get lost, backtrack as soon as you feel like you've gone off-track and you should be fine.

Brodie R on Jan, 2017

Challenging track with some scrambling involved along the way. Great views and a fun hike. Have done this one a few times now and takes about 3hrs for a round trip.

Grant on Nov, 2016

nice spring day with some clouds and winds

agms on 9 Oct, 2016

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