Mt Joyce Summit Walk

South East Queensland

A easy, but long walk along the banks of the Wyaralong Dam to the summit track for Mt Joyce which rewards you with amazing views as far as Mt Barney.

Picnic Facilities
Cycling Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Google Maps - Wyaralong Dam Recreational Facility, which is of Wyaralong Dam Access Rd just off Beaudesert-Boonah Rd

Route/Trail notes

Starting at the carpark work your way down to the track that runs along the banks of the dam. From there you follow a very well marked/touristy track for quite a while. There are 2 tracks that lead to the summit, both are well marked but less touristy than the Dam perimeter track. From there it is a short but steep trek to the summit which has a great uninterupted view to the south. There are maps along the way to help you orientate yourself.


Free, but check the SEQ website before you go, it is prone to being closed for upgrades.

Other References

GPS Tracks


We did the Mt Joyce summit circuit today. It was 14kms and took us 4.5hrs with only a brief stop at the top for a photo due to being swarmed by vast numbers of nasty biting horse flies. We did the red shoreline track then the green track which joins the white trail ascending up to Mt Joyce and then back down via the white trail. It is a hard slog and there is no shade along the way so definitely not one to do in summer. Wouldn’t do this one again but pretty spectacular views out to Kalbar from up on the mountain. Nothing else really to see along the way but rugged native Australian bush land.

Paul on 3 Dec, 2022

This walk is a hot one and very overgrown in parts but great view at the top overlooking Wyaralong Dam.

Hayley Nicholson on 15 Jan, 2022

Drive to the very end of the road there is a large car park but no shade at all. Then walk back the road for approx. 100 metres and you will find the gate (a No Parking sign right in front of it) on your left hand side. Follow a wide and exposed track for approx. 500 metres then it's the real trailhead.
We did the loop as follows: clockwise on the multi-use Shoreline track (Red), it's quite pretty indeed. Then followed the multi-use Grass Tree track (Green), it's quite steep in parts and provides good views when we hike higher and higher. Then followed a narrow walking path (White) all the way to the submit - it's just a tiny unmarked flat area. The views are great. Came back all the way via the white track leading back to the red track. The white track coming back down is steep (even more so than the green track so it's better go up via the green and get back via the white).
Overall it's a decent hike with pretty views. Took us 4 hours. It's a little harder than expected, should have carried more water and some snacks. Normal trainers/running shoes will suffice.
Warning: most of the tracks aren't shady enough and certain sections are quite exposed. I am glad we did it on an overcast day. Doing it on a hot sunny day would be a bad idea.

PC on 9 Jan, 2022

This was actually a pretty decent walk which would have been even better if I’d taken togs. View from the top is spectacular and worth the Beaudesert heat, although perhaps not once summer hits. Also a surprised I didn’t see a single snake.

Kelso on 6 Oct, 2021

Did the track clockwise, along the shoreline then turned right to go up the ridge line. Quite steep in parts, particularly just before the summit, but the path is pretty straightforward, no rocks to scramble. Lots of bird life and pretty bush, although the fire trail on the return circuit was a bit boring.

Olwyn on 24 Jul, 2021

Best completed following shoreline track then vear left to follow Grasstree track. This is a steep fire trail. Track veers left again to become the Ridgeline track. About 15 mins to summit from here. Views to the Main Range and Barney NP. Complete circut by following the Ridgeline track straight ahead at the junction. Quite steep down this trail. Follow it all the way to another fire trail that links up with the Shoreline trail. All up took about 4 hours with a stop for lunch. There is a park with toilets about 3km in on the shoreline trail with some nice birdlife about.

Jimcar on 9 Aug, 2020

We did a very enjoyable shorter circuit to Summit Mount Joyce. Up the Service road, along and up the Ridgeline track to the summit and back down the Grass Tree and Shoreline tracks. Easy to navigate and spectacular views across to Mount Barney and Mount Lindesay. The Service road slowly climbs the ridge and is crossed by several mountain bike tracks. Walk to the very end of the Service road and there is an unmarked trail (not a mountain bike track) on the left which contours around to the path that takes you to the summit. About 12km - About 4 hours including lunch stop

Helen Winter on 4 Jul, 2020

From Ipswich if you head out towards Beaudesert you will come across Wyaralong Dam.

They have a few shared hiking track's that you can choose from.

From the carpark I took the shoreline track along the dam and then quite a steep climb up to Mt Joyce.

The track has a lot of sand and loose stones and gets very slippery in parts.

It is a very hot hike with our steamy Aussie scrub. Please take plenty of water and I would not recommend doing this one in our hotter month's.

It's quite pretty along the dam with nice views from the summit of Mt Joyce.

It's not an easy hike but I wouldn't classify it as hard.
The track's are easy to follow but I would say a moderate level of fitness is needed. It does get the heart pumping 💓

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Mel on 17 Mar, 2020

Decided to bring our push bikes to save time getting to the base of the mountain. I would say we saved time but it certainly didn't save effort. The track has a lot of sand on it which led to some pretty sketchy moments riding downhill. The walk from the base to the top was really nice, wasn't overly difficult but enough to get your heart pumping. Was a bit of a miserable day but the view is still fantastic! Make sure to check on the SEQ water website before you go, first time we tried it was closed and the track was fenced off.

Vonsnrub on 8 Jun, 2019


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