Main Range National Park
Main Range National Park is a succession of impressive peaks, escarpments and ridges to the south-west of Brisbane. The 29,865 ha park is at the northern end of the Central Eastern Rainforest (Reserves) Australia World Heritage Area. The park extends from Mt Mistake in the north to Wilson’s Peak on the New South Wales-Queensland border and west to Queen Mary Falls.
Rugged mountain ranges, spectacular lookouts and rare wildlife feature in this prestigious World Heritage-listed park. Main Range National Park covers 29,730ha. A mosaic of vegetation types occurs in the park and forest reserve. Rainforests grow in moist or sheltered locations, with open eucalypt forest occurring on the drier ridges and valleys. Montane heath vegetation grows on the cliffs and rocky outcrops.
These diverse habitats shelter much wildlife including the seldom seen Albert's lyrebird, eastern bristlebird and the black-breasted button-quail. Populations of these birds and other wildlife have been threatened by land clearing and fire. A restricted plant species, the giant spear lily Doryanthes palmeri,also occurs in the park. Careful management is essential for the continued survival of the park's habitats and the wildlife that lives in them.
Spicer's Gap campground
This small campground is set in a clearing on the eastern side of the Gap. Composting toilets and picnic tables provided. Boil all tap water before drinking. Fuel stoves are required for cooking, as barbecues are not provided in the campground. No bins are provided; visitors are asked to take their rubbish with them.
Goomburra section campgrounds
Poplar Flat and Manna Gum camping areas are two open, grassy camping areas that hug Dalrymple Creek. Each has composting toilets, tap water and barbecues. Boil or chemically treat all tap water before drinking. Please supply your own firewood for barbecues or use a fuel stove. Firewood must not be collected from the park or roadside — fines apply. No bins are provided; visitors are asked to take their rubbish with them.
Choose from 14 walking tracks ranging from short, easy strolls to long, physically demanding hikes. Track gradings and surfaces vary widely, so please check track details before starting out. If you intend exploring more of Main Range National Park, ensure you get a copy of the "Main Range Walking Track Guide" from a visitor information centre, as it includes colour-coding of the walking tracks.
Tracks from Cunningham's Gap
1. Box Forest track — 5km return (About 1.5 hours walking time)
Begin this walk at either the Cunningham picnic area or western end of the crest carpark. Passing through rainforest and open forest, the track is named after the brush box Lophostemon confertus trees, which line West Gap Creek. Birdlife is plentiful. Return to your starting point via the Box Forest track or arrange to be picked up at either end of the track. It is not advisable to return via the gravel edge of the busy Cunningham Highway.
2. Rainforest circuit — 1.6km return (30 minutes walking time)
The circuit commences at the eastern end of the crest carpark. It passes the Allan Cunningham monument, and is the beginning of an extensive track system on the northern side of the Gap. The Fassifern Valley Lookout track forms the eastern part of the circuit.
Tracks around Spicer's Gap
3. Pioneer Graves track — 260m return (15 minutes walking time)
Adjacent to the camping area, this picnic area takes its name from a local landmark, the Pioneer Graves. At least 13 people are buried in this small cemetery, a short walk from the picnic area.
4. Moss's Well track — 120m return (10 minutes walking time)
Moss's Well, in tall open forest, is a haven for many species of birds. The well is believed to take its name from Edward Moss, the first road contractor. This was the only water for travellers and their teams making their way over the range. The well has deteriorated and the water is now unsuitable for drinking.
Queen Mary Falls section
5. Cliff walk — 400m return (20 minutes walking time)
This walk takes you to the top of Queen Mary Falls, which is part of the headwaters of one of Australia's longest river systems, the Murray-Darling. Great care should be taken when viewing the gorge below. Supervise children closely.
Looking after the park
You can help protect the park and forest by observing these guidelines:
>> Please leave all plants and animals undisturbed.
>> Please do not feed the wildlife. Feeding native animals may cause poor health and sometimes death.
>> Use toilets if available. Away from toilets, ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper are properly buried (15cm deep) well away from tracks, campsites, watercourses and drainage channels (100m). Carry out disposable nappies and sanitary products.
>> When bathing or washing cooking equipment or clothes, always wash at least 100m from streams and lakes. Waterways should be kept free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, shampoo, sunscreens and food scraps.
>> Take your rubbish home. Minimal impact bushwalkers take great care to avoid leaving any rubbish. Remember — pack it in, pack it out.
>> Be self-sufficient — use a fuel stove.
>> Keep to the walking tracks where provided and take care near cliff edges.
>> Remember: generators are prohibited in camping areas.
QPWS Main Range
MS 394, Warwick QLD 4370
ph (07) 4666 1133
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