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

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.


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

Awsome hike. 3rd time I've done this first time for dawn. Headlamps were adequate. Physically challengeing easy to navigate it is like a mini Mt Barney. Great views from the top and cliff views on the way up

Jamie Johnston on 26 Apr, 2019

Pat, Joc, Evie and Ben

Pat on 25 Apr, 2019

A steep hike out of the car park and this flows into lots of rocks after about 1km.
The path is easy enough to follow and there are markers just in case.
Path goes down, which is upsetting as it means it needs to rise again to summit ;(
At the bottom take a quick break as its a decent climb up from here.
You can check out the 1st summit and great views from here (go to the left at the top of the climb).
Now you can choose to go up or end the walk here depending on fitness levels.
I wouldn't recommend for kids but we did see young and old alike on this walk and all were OK

Rob on 22 Apr, 2019

A good trek that I had to take slow and steady; approximately 3.5 hrs. Would be good if there were a few more orange triangles along the trek to stop inexperienced like me from getting lost on the way back down.

Tony Capitano on 31 Mar, 2019

I really enjoyed Mount Maroon! I’m yet to tackle Mount Barney so this felt like good practice. Long tough climb up but not too difficult. My partner and I got lost on the way back and took a good while for us to get back on track. Definitely needs more markers along the way. The top has heaps of space and a bit of shade if you’re lucky. Plus the butterflies up there are gorgeous

Natalie Lagerroth on 29 Jan, 2019

A easy enough track to follow most of way up. quite steep and constant most of way which could be challenging if you were not quite fit. Past a group early into incline one girl had tapped out due to toughness and group was sucking in the big ones and having a rest. I went up and back with 10 min breather at top in just over 2 hrs. Was at full pace and did run as much as I could. Spectacular views and a must do.

JJandcaz on 6 Jan, 2019

Why in heavens name do you people have to spoil the natural beauty of this country by building these stupid cairns. Cairn are supposedly build to mark a trail, not to leave a damned eyesore to let other people know that you have been there. STOP BUILDING CAIRNS. I hope you people know it is illegal in Australia unless it it to mark a point where the trail has disappeared and you need to show your way back. Even then you should carry a compass and a map to show yourself where you are supposed to be walking. Leave the natural beauty for everyone to see not your stupid cairns that have no purpose other then yourself gratification

Gerry on 29 Nov, 2018


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