Dularcha NP - Roses Circuit

Sunshine Coast

This multi-use recreation trail passes through dry sclerophyll forest and rainforest gullies and includes some views south to the Glass House Mountains from the top of the ridge (206m). Eucalypt forests and riparian areas with flooded gums, cabbage tree palms and rainforest plants feature here and provide habitats for a diversity of wildlife. Birdwatchers will enjoy the diversity of birds along the trail early and late in the day.

Lookouts
No Dogs Permitted
Horses Permitted
Cycling Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
224m
Maximum Elevation
202m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From the Bruce Highway, take the Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Drive (aka Steve Irwin Way) turn off.

Continue along Steve Irwin Way until you reach Landsborough, for the southern entrance off Beech Road. (Latitude: -26.795340, Longitude: 152.965210). Southern Entrance to Dularcha National Park / Tunnel Trail

The northern entrance at Dorson Drive (Latitude: -26.771640, Longitude 152.963760), is off King Road in Mooloolah. Don't take Paget Street, as this no longer links with Dorson Drive. Northern Entrance to Dularcha National Park / Tunnel Trail

Maps:

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

Dularcha National Park Map

Route/Trail notes:

As the track is poorly marked, it is recommended you print off a copy of the map from the 'link' above. All the side tracks are marked as 'no horses', which gives you some clue to stay on the main track!

The track can be accessed from the north above the Tunnel. There is a horse track on the left of the tunnel up to it. From there, turn right and follow to the top of the ridge, past the first electricity pylons and turn left downhill at the second. From there, it is a steep decent to the junction of Gully Track, turning right back to the Tunnel Track, left again and back via the tunnel.

From the south, the track is signposted left about 1.2km along the Tunnel Track. Ignore the tracks to your left and right till you reach a fork junction. Turn left downhill before a steep accent to the top of the ridge where there is the electricity pylons. Turn right on the ridge, ignoring any tracks to your right, until you are above the tunnel and turn right down onto the Tunnel Track and back to your start.

Permits/Costs:

None

Other References/Comments:

The side track of Connection, Ridge, Gully and Myla have not been walked. They are noted as not suitable for horse, so could be pretty rough. They do however all lead back to the Roses Circuit.

Comments

Got a bit off the track somehow and followed a faint trail through the bush and found my way back to the main track. Some nice inclines and the tunnel is interesting.

Chris M on 5 Sep, 2019

Great alternative to the tunnel track with a bit more exercise and a slightly longer walk. Stick to the track that is suitable for horses and you can’t go wrong. We got slightly lost by not sticking to the suitable for horses track but regained the main track after a scramble up hill.

Bobbe on 14 Aug, 2019

Great shady walk , quite steep in places and muddy after all the rain.

Whinger on 5 May, 2019

The path was easy to find and follow. Very wet and made it very difficult on mountain bikes with soft mud in parts and slippery tracks on the steep sections. Took one of the cross through connection trails which was a lot better than the main trail.

cyade28 on 20 Apr, 2019

Did the roses circuit starting from Dorson Drive and then in a clockwise direction which meant we got to go through the tunnel right at the beginning which was good. Spotted the purple moths and tiny bats in the caves and also some frogs along different sections of the track. Found the route quite easy to follow as we were using ‘maps.me’ app which has all the different paths on there.

Sophie on 2 Mar, 2019

Nice walk. Few steep hills but douable for everyone. The view and scenery is not the best but its a nice track.

Fata on 17 Feb, 2019

Nice little walk, not many views from the track, but there are few little sneaky off shoots you can take to look into the valley. Good little challenge to build up fitness. If you walk through the tunnel look for the uphill track at either end of the tunnel that will take up to roses trail.

Samantha on 18 Aug, 2018

We started our walk at Dorson Drive Mooloolah. The tracks are not clearly marked, so glad we took a printed map with us. Part of the Roses circuit is not accessible, near old Maleny Road due to being overgrown with vegetation, we nearly got lost had to turn around and backtrack back to Gully track. We walked approx 10kms and 2.5hrs. Tracks were steep in places and there were places that were very muddy, also lots of horse poo has lots of rider use these tracks. Overall we had a good day and enjoyed the walk.

Marisa on 15 Jul, 2018

Nice walk...track is rough and very steep in places...makes that cold beer at the end of the day more rewarding :)

Richard Williams on 14 Apr, 2018

My husband and I mountain biked this track. There has been a lot of rain and hence the track is extremely muddy. The tunnel track is not too bad, but when we climbed up to the Rose circuit it was about 30 cm deep mud for at least 100 metres with horses riding on it, churning it up even more. We gave up and just returned to the start after cycling just 6km.

SparkySparkler on 7 Apr, 2018

The roses circuit track was really good for someone who wanted to get in some steep uphills/undulating track. There are views along parts of the walk but not panoramic. The tunnel is super cool - I tracked 12km with Roses circuit and tunnel walk combined. Recommend.

Museum of Jus on Mar, 2018

Was looking for something different to my usual and came across the Rose Circuit. Took about 3 hours with some very steep hills just before the half way mark. Also some sections of trail with long grass (not a lot of track maintenance). Would agree with suggestions to take map as trail markers are few and far between (I did have wifi coverage the whole time but better safe than sorry). Historic rail tunnel is pretty cool and many beautiful butterflies, moths and birds, but not a track I would regularly walk as there isn't much besides bush viewing.

Cassablanca on 23 Apr, 2017

I did the Ridge Track today. It's ok, a bit steep in some parts, so it's probably a medium track. No views on it though, you'd have to continue west on Rose's Circuit to get any views.

Tania on 14 Apr, 2017

I did this trail from the northern entrance in a clockwise direction and had I not had a copy of the map with me, once I left the main Tunnel Track, I would never have stayed on the correct route.

F.A.B. on 28 Feb, 2017

Very steep in some sections (the loose gravel doesn't help). Some nice views from the high areas. Check out the tunnel while you're here.

rob.bushman on 8 Oct, 2016

Several walks / tracks in Dularcha Nat Park. Some are quite steep.
Some views at the back of the place , can hear motorbike riders in distance and may have the train zooming past too. Still a nice hike tho.

J on 21 Jun, 2014

Did this track on horse back absolutely loved it!

Georgia Keogh on Jun, 2014

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