Main Range National Park

Main Range National Park, Peter Lik / Courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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Introduction

Stretching for 55 kilometres along the Great Dividing Range, World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park forms the western part of a crescent of mountains in south-east Queensland known as the Scenic Rim. The park boasts impressive peaks and escarpments, and the delightful Queen Mary Falls. In 1828, explorer Allan Cunningham discovered a passage through the mountains, and Cunninghams Gap was named in his honour. Spicers Gap to the south was discovered in 1847 by stockman Henry Alphen; the historic Spicers Gap Road took drays laden with Darling Downs produce to the port of Brisbane. Aboriginal people travelling between the inland and the coast are believed to have followed the route through Spicers Gap. Declared in 1909, Main Range was one of Queensland’s first national parks.

There are three main types of vegetation: rainforest in the moist, sheltered areas, open eucalypt forest on the high ridges and slopes, and mountain heath on the cliffs and rocky outcrops. Wildflowers, including giant spear lilies and orchids, appear in spring. Birdlife is abundant. Look for the satin bowerbird, bell miner, eastern bristlebird, Bassian thrush, Australian king-parrot, the critically endangered double-eyed fig-parrot (subsp. coxeni) and the rare black-breasted button-quail.

Picnic spots are plentiful and there are spectacular views from Governors Chair (to the New South Wales border), and Sylvesters and Fassifern lookouts. Renowned for its bushwalks, there are trails at Cunninghams Gap, Spicers Gap and Queen Mary Falls. The rest of the park is a rugged wilderness suitable only for experienced, well-equipped bushwalkers, who can stay at one of 26 walk-in bush campsites.

Fact file

Camping

Three campsites; 26 remote bush camping areas (walk-in); permit and fees apply

Location and access

112 km south-west of Brisbane; 50 km east of Warwick via Cunningham Hwy (Goomburra and Cunninghams Gap sections); 11 km east of Killarney via Spring Creek Rd

Park information

NPRSR 13 7468

Size

29 730 ha

Visitor information

Boonah (07) 5463 2233

Warwick (07) 4661 3122

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Campsites

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping)

There are 11 bush campsites in Main Range National Park (Davies Ridge, Knoll E12, Knoll T30, Lizard South, Lower Panorama Point, Mt Huntley Saddle, Mt Steamer Saddle, Mt Superbus – South Peak, Panorama Point,... Find out more


Double Top camping area (walk-in camping)

Thrillseekers and experienced climbers will delight in this tiny campsite (up to 4 people) on the edge of a razorback on the southern side of the north peak of Mt Spicer. There are no facilities provided and fires are... Find out more


Glen Rock camping area (walk-in camping)

Those looking for a scenic campsite will relish the views from this campsite (up to 8 people) on top of Glen Rock, in the far north of the Goomburra section. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so... Find out more


Huntley - Sentinel Saddle camping area (walk-in camping)

This open forest site west of Mt Huntley in the Cunninghams Gap section offers camping for up to 8 experienced bush hikers. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient... Find out more


Laidley Creek Falls camping area (walk-in camping)

This open forest site at the headwaters of Laidley Creek in the Goomburra section offers camping for up to 8 experienced bush hikers. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all... Find out more


Manna Gum camping area

This large grassy campsite in the Goomburra section is shaded by manna gums, making it perfect for the warmer months. Many of the Goomburra section’s walking trails begin at its eastern end. Bring your own firewood... Find out more


Mount Huntley camping area (walk-in camping)

This elevated open forest site next to rainforest in the Cunninghams Gap section offers camping for up to 8 experienced bush hikers. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient... Find out more


Mount Superbus - North Peak camping area (walk-in camping)

This rough rainforest campsite on the north peak of Mt Superbus offers camping for up to 8 experienced bush hikers. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient equipment,... Find out more


Mount Superbus - Raspberry Saddle camping area (walk-in camping)

This pleasant, sheltered rainforest site in the saddle between the peaks of Mt Superbus offers camping for up to 8 experienced bush hikers. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all... Find out more


Paddy's Knob camping area (walk-in camping)

This newly created site, 400 m from Paddy’s Knob in the Queen Mary Falls section, offers expansive views of the Condamine Gorge for up to 8 experienced bush hikers. There are no facilities provided and fires are... Find out more


Point Pure camping area (walk-in camping)

This newly created site in the Goomburra section, near Glen Rock, offers good views to the west over Glen Rock Park. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient equipment,... Find out more


Poplar Flat camping area

On the banks of Dalrymple Creek in the Goomburra section, this large grassy campsite is big enough for 100 campers. You’ll need to bring your own firewood if you want to use the BBQs, or purchase it locally, as... Find out more


Spicers - Double Top Saddle camping area (walk-in camping)

This open forest site in the saddle between the peaks of Mt Spicer offers more room – and less risk – than the nearby Double Top camping area. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so... Find out more


Spicers Gap camping area (walk-in camping)

Spicers Gap is a small walk-in campground on the eastern side of the gap, with good walking trails nearby. A maximum of 50 campers is allowed, but there’s the freedom of setting up anywhere in the mown area. Boil... Find out more


Spicers Peak (East) camping area (walk-in camping)

Climbers tackling Mt Spicer can rest at this small site (up to 4 people) on the margin between rainforest and heath. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient equipment,... Find out more


Spicers Peak (West) camping area (walk-in camping)

Climbers tackling Mt Spicer can rest at this site (up to 8 people) on the margin between rainforest and heath. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient equipment, including... Find out more


Stern camping area (walk-in camping)

This newly created campsite in the Cunninghams Gap section offers bush camping for up to 8 experienced hikers. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient equipment, including... Find out more


Swan Knoll camping area (walk-in camping)

This open forest site in the Cunninghams Gap section offers bush camping for up to 8 experienced hikers. There are no facilities provided and fires are prohibited, so bring all self-sufficient equipment, including... Find out more


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