Things to See and Do - National Parks

Queen Mary Falls
{mosimage cw=190}Travel 35km from Warwick to Killarney and a further 10km to reach this beautiful National Park. There are several waterfalls, the most notable being Queen Mary Falls which plunges 40m down sheer rock face. A short walking track leads to the base of the falls with picnic and BBQ areas and amenities located at the top of the Falls.

The Head
{mosimage cw=190}Located 14km past Queen Mary Falls, Carr’s Lookout provides spectacular views of the centre of the Great Divide and the source of the Condamine River - the longest river system in Australia. The Spring Creek Mountain Café, situated next door to the Lookout, offers the same spectacular views from their balcony and grounds, while enjoying fine cuisine. This Café is a very popular spot so it is recommended that you book ahead of your visit

Cunningham's Gap
The Main Range National Park located on the Cunningham Highway 50km north-east of Warwick, offers a number of bushwalking opportunities around Cunningham's Gap. Internationally recognised for its World Heritage status, this National Park stretches over 18,400 hectares. There are a number of graded walking tracks through rainforest and eucalypt forest, with one leading to an impressive lookout. Picnic facilities and BBQ's are available.

World Heritage listed Main Range National Park  - a succession of impressive peaks, escarpments and ridges. The 18,400 ha park extends from Mt Mistake in the north to Wilson's Peak on the Queensland/NSW border. The park is made up of five sections: Mt Mistake, Cunningham's Gap including Spicer's Gap, Mt Roberts, Goomburra and Queen Mary Falls. Main Range National Park, following an arc of rugged peaks and ridges, is the crucial western link in south-east Queensland's remarkable Scenic Rim. Crossed by the Cunningham Highway, this park in a World Heritage area offers an impressive waterfall, challenging hikes and easy rainforest walks with wonderful views. For terrific views and experiences: at Cunningham's Gap picnic area, try the Rainforest circuit or stroll to Fassifern Valley lookout (both short walks); zigzag up Mount Cordeaux (lyrebirds and scarlet-flowered giant spear lilies) or Mount Mitchell (sheer cliff face). Enjoy a picnic at Queen Mary Falls, which plunge an impressive 40 metres. Experienced walkers can hike for several days along the Scenic Rim.

Goomburra  - the Goomburra Section of Main Range National Park can be found nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range's Scenic Rim. The camping area is situated on large creek flats adjacent to Dalrymple Creek. Visitors. Goomburra, Main Range National Park is a World Heritage area allowing superb views over Laidley Valley, the rugged border ranges to the south, and Mount Castle in the north. The dry open forest contains New England blackbutt and manna gums.  You can select one of three walking tracks, ranging from an easy 1.2 kilometre circuit suitable for wheelchairs with assistance, to a six kilometre track showcasing waterfalls and freshwater habitats.

Watch for echidnas and koalas. See satin bowerbirds and variegated fairy-wrens, or listen to the calls of shy yellow-tailed black-cockatoos. A short four-wheel-drive away, two more tracks lead to scenic lookouts, both within an hour's walk. There are also three longer walking tracks in this area, including the Winder track featuring an old forestry snigging trail and winder.

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