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


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

Great hike and spectacular views 360 degrees. Beautiful!

Aggy on 1 Feb, 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

This is a great hike - nice steady climb and some scrambling. The 360 degree view from the summit is beautiful and the breeze is welcome. We completed the hike in 3 hours and 15 minutes, including a 20 minute break at the summit.

Hannah on 25 Nov, 2018

Path was easy to follow on the way to the summit. We did a loop around the far ridge and cut back across the saddle (though this required much scrambling and there was no clear path). Awesome hike, will be back.

JayWalker on 3 Nov, 2018

Started at 2:30AM and got up there just after 4. Perfect time for star gazing and then sunrise!

After coming back down from the Mountain, we also did the Caves Route! Off track, bushwalking with firetrail and lots of climbing!

Celine on 15 Sep, 2018

Took a larger group this time and while helping the slower ones onto the plateau, found the speedsters tried their luck hiking to the summit. Only found out when I caught up with them that due to poor trail marking they took a very risky route. Newbies note - to head to the summit from the plateau follow the trail, at the first stone outcrop, cross it and renter the bush at the far right - keep traversing right to where the horizon is lowest, only once you've climbed the next outcrop, only then do you turn back to the left and start up to the summit.

lexnlondon on 15 Sep, 2018

This is a great hike, I would recommend it to anyone who is after a physical challenge and amazing views of the scenic rim. I reached the summit in exactly one hour, but I didn't take any breaks and kept up a steady pace (this would be much more difficult in summer). The trip back down took 50 minutes. Next time I'll take a bit longer and enjoy more of the views on the way up.
From Brisbane, the the drive took about 2 hours to arrive at the car park.
The views on top are amazing.

Graham on 29 Jul, 2018

Hot and hard. 4.45 hours including breaks. Not bad for a 65 & 53 year old.

Trish on 26 Jul, 2018

A great hike/scramble, I think the ''Hard'' rating is correct. Took us 4 hours to do the 7km. Perfect weather, chilly start at 8am 2 degrees. Cold breeze on top. Interesting to see other walkers dressed in everything from full Gortex with poles to stubbies and singlets:)

Troy on 21 Jul, 2018

Great walk, steep constant climb rewarded by the 360 degree views at the summit. Definitly worth the effort. Took us 4hrs to complete, which included both peaks. Will be returning for either a sunrise or moon rise walk. I've heard the views are worth it at those times of the day.

Dan on 9 Jul, 2018

We got lost and didn't have anything to navigate with (oops) but found our way. Ended up at a great view after following somebody else's ribbons but I am pretty sure it wasn't where we were meant to be. Be careful, it was quite steep and and you will lose your footing if you're not careful.

Hannah Markwell on 3 Jul, 2018

Without a doubt the BEST hike in the gold coast hinterland! Absolutely wonderful 360 views from the top. Done this hike 3 times and the track can sometimes be hard to find when you reach the top section! A little bit of a harder section halfway (but thats the best part)

Emmalea on Jul, 2018

Incredible! Loved every second. Quite a test of fitness from the very beginning. I didn’t find the track to be overly easy to see and I was grateful to have gone on a Saturday when there were some
Other people around.

DesmOgirl on 30 Jun, 2018

Took us 3.5 hrs. We thought we may have gone off the track when we started going downhill again after walking uphill for a while, but just follow it along and you get to the peaks. Great views.

Bec on 21 Jun, 2018

A wee gem

Rob King on 16 Jun, 2018


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