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Python Rock Track

Scenic Rim

Lamington National Park (Green Mountains)


Distance (kms):

2.7 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 1 hr

Elevation gain (m):

38 m

Max. elevation (m):

908 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A short walk to an incredible lookout with views across to Castle Crag and Mount Razorback, as well as back towards Morans Falls.

This heavily trafficked walk starts from the Python Rock and Morans Falls trailhead, located about a kilometre before the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park.

The well-marked track starts in lush subtropical rainforest, with booyongs, strangler figs and lichen-covered buttresses, before entering open eucalypt forest prior to the lookout.

The views from the large constructed wooden lookout are amazing, stretching across to the dramatic ridgeline that separates you from the Southern and Lost World sections of Lamington National Park.

The views along the ridge include Castle Crag in the immediate foreground, as well as Mount Razorback and Mount Throakban to the left and Buchanans Fort in the distance on the right.

There are also distant, but still fantastic views up the valley back towards Morans Falls and the O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat. A waterfall also forms on the side of Mount Razorback after heavy rain.

The views to the northwest include the farmland and estates of Darlington and Christmas Creek, as well as further to Rathdowney.

It is important to stay on the path, especially near the lookout, as the West Cliff drops 300m straight into the valley below.

Track: Graded and well-signed. The track is easy to follow with limited change in elevation.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels. The lookout has railings, but there are sheer cliff edges, so it is important to stay on the path.

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

getting there

The walk is located in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park, at the Python Rock and Morans Falls trailhead, located about a kilometre before the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on Lamington National Park Road in Canungra, 2 hours drive south of Brisbane.

Parking is very limited at the trailhead, however ample parking can be found at O’Reily’s – adding a 900 metre walk from the car park to the trailhead along the Centenary Track. This car park can also be extremely busy, especially on weekends.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round, however is particularly beautiful at sunrise or sunset. If going for a sunset hike, be sure to leave enough time to return before it gets dark, or take suitable lighting and clothing.

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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