Main Range National Park (Cunningham's Gap)
An incredible hike through rainforest to a beautiful lookout with uninterrupted views across Lake Moogerah, Moogerah Peaks, Mount Barney and the Fassifern Valley.
This heavily trafficked hike starts from Crest Car Park on the Cunningham Highway.
The track zig-zags through lush subtropical rainforest, passing a smaller lookout with views towards Fassifern Valley and Mount Barney.
The vegetation thins as you near the peak of Mount Cordeaux, and there is a unique hole and crevice that is worth a look shortly before the summit.
Mount Cordeaux stands at 1,135m above sea level, however you don’t actually go to the true summit.
The rocky outlook some 50 m lower provides spectacular views across Cunninghams Gap to Mount Mitchell, as well as east across Lake Moogerah to the Fassifern Valley and north to the Goomburra section of the park.
There are also incredible views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Barney, Greville, Maroon, Edwards and more, as well as west towards the Millar Vale Creek Valley and out towards Warwick.
The walk is great at any time, but particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset.
On the way back, it is worth rounding out the Rainforest Circuit near the car park to see the giant hollow tree.
The hike can be extended to include Bare Rock (an additional 5 kms), with the junction for this extension well-signed and near the summit.
Track: The track involves graded paths, with some steps, and is well-signed and easy to follow.
Difficulty: The track is a great beginners mountain, with gradual elevation for most of the track.
From the summit, and various locations along the track, there are sheer drops, so caution must be exercised.
Direction: This is an out-and back track that returns the way it came.
The trail starts from Crest Car Park on the Cunningham Highway in Tregony, 1.5 hours drive south-west of Brisbane.
Parking can become extremely busy, particularly on weekends, so it is advised to go early or weekdays if possible.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round, however is exposed to the sun at the summit, so would be more difficult during warmer months.
Always check the Queensland Parks website for updates on 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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