Main Range National Park (Goomburra)
A short walk with plenty of wildlife and flora, along Dalrymple Creek to a beautiful rocky overhang.
This moderately trafficked, well-marked trail in the Goomburra Section of Main Range National Park starts at the Manna Gum Camping Area at the end of Forestry Reserve Road.
The circuit begins on a wide and well-maintained fire trail through open eucalypt forest, before switching to lush rainforest as the path narrows and you follow Dalrymple Creek.
The circuit includes a couple of creek crossings and numerous wooden footbridges, including one that passes an old tree stump that is a remnant from historical logging in the area.
Interpretive signage along the walk features information about the flora and fauna in the area, as well as the history of logging in the park in yesteryears.
At times the track is quite overgrown, however you are never at risk of losing your way.
At the half-way point of the circuit, there is a constructed platform which provides an excellent viewing point for a rocky overhang on the bank of the creek.
From here, either continue back to the starting point in a loop via the fire trail, or double-back along the path through the rainforest which arguably is more featureful.
Those looking to stretch their legs more, can also complete the longer Cascades Circuit (5.8 kms total), which branches off the track near the platform.
Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow.
Difficulty: Although short and relatively suitable for all fitness levels, there are a number of rough and overgrown sections on the track, as well as creek crossings. Care should be taken, as the rocks can be slippery, especially after rain.
Direction: While the track can be completed in either direction, it is recommended to complete the track in a clockwise direction.
Alternatively, start the track in a clockwise direction, but instead of completing as a loop along the rather feature-less fire trail, double-back through the rainforest (after reaching the platform) to enjoy the sights again.
The trail starts from the Manna Gum Camping Area at the end of Forestry Reserve Road in Goomburra, 2.5 hours drive south-west of Brisbane.
The car park is small but there is additional parking a short walk away at Poplar Flat Camping Area.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
This walk is best done after recent rain, however is pleasant at any time. If completing after recent rain, be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
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