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Pioneer Graves

Scenic Rim

Main Range National Park (Spicers Gap)


Distance (kms):

0.3 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 15 mins

Elevation gain (m):

9 m

Max. elevation (m):

629 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 2)

Route type:





4WD Required

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A short walk to an historical landmark – the site where a number of early pioneers and their families are buried.

This lightly trafficked, well-marked trail in the Spicers Gap section of Main Range National Park starts at the Pioneer Graves Picnic Area on Spicers Gap Road in Swansfel.

The walk is a short stroll to a cairn that marks the burial site of a number of early pioneers and their families.

The history of the site is interesting and tragic. It is believed that up to 13 people could be buried here, including children. However, five of the deceased are unaccounted for and a further three have scarce records, with controversy associated with some of their deaths.

Among those buried at the site is a bullock driver's wife, with folklore telling a tragic tale of how she was thrown from a loaded wool dray while descending the steep pinch on the range. Her infant child was also believed to have been killed in the accident.

This walk is best completed when visiting the nearby spectacular Governor’s Chair Lookout. Moss’s Well is also located nearby.

Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.

getting there

The trail starts at the Pioneer Graves Picnic Area on Spicers Gap Road in Swansfel, 1.5 hours drive south-west of Brisbane. A 4WD or high clearance vehicle is recommended for getting to this location.

Parking is ample for how trafficked the walk is.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

Always check the Queensland Parks website for updates on track closures.

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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. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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