Gold Coast and Scenic Rim national parks

View to Mount Mitchell from Mount Cordeaux Photo: © SarahHaskmann Ramble along rugged escarpments with giant spear lilies clinging to almost- vertical slopes beneath. Subtropical rainforest hugs the park’s moist gullies while the sunny slopes burst with eucalypt trees, grasstrees, wattles and casuarinas. Discover the secret world of the endangered eastern bristlebird and vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. Stroll along easy trails to visit heritage sites and amazing lookouts, or head off-track for a challenging hike into remote areas where you’ll feel like the only soul around. Did you know? History is alive in these hills! It’s believed that up to 13 people are buried at the Pioneer gravesite at Spicers Gap. One grave is reputed to be that of Mrs Collins, the wife of a bullock driver, who fell from a loaded wool dray while descending the ‘pinch’ (narrow road), and after whom Mother Collins Pinch was named. Highlights • Stand at the edge of the receding escarpment at Sylvesters lookout and feel as if you’re soaring above the valley below. • Behold spectacular Queen Mary Falls plunging 40m into the lush boulder-strewn valley below. • Follow the footsteps of early explorers and pioneers at Cunninghams and Spicers gaps. Getting there The park has four sections— Cunninghams Gap and Spicers Gap at the top of the range and Goomburra and Queen Mary Falls in the sheltered foothills. Cunninghams Gap section Cunninghams Gap is 116km south- west of Brisbane, 21km from Aratula, or 50km north-east of Warwick. Spicers Gap section To access Spicers Gap turn south off the Cunningham Highway into Lake Moogerah Road then turn right into Spicers Gap Road. This road is steep in places and is not suitable for campervans or caravans. Goomburra section Goomburra can be reached from either the New England Highway south of Allora or from the Cunningham Highway west of Cunninghams Gap. The last 6km of road to the park is unsealed and may be flooded after heavy rain. Queen Mary Falls section Queen Mary Falls is 11km from Killarney and 64km south-west of Boonah on Killarney–Boonah Road. The scenic road from the east is steep and not suitable for caravans. Things to do Wildlife spotting Glimpse brush-tailed rock-wallabies balancing precariously on the cliffs or Cunninghams skinks sunning themselves on rocky outcrops. Listen for the throaty ‘ok-ok-ok-ok-ok-ok’ call of the Fleay’s barred-frog after rainfall. Delight in wedge-tailed eagles soaring overhead and treecreepers scurrying up tree trunks to sneak unsuspecting prey. Picnicking Enjoy a scenic picnic at Cunninghams Gap, Spicers Gap, Queen Mary Falls (pictured below) or Goomburra. Main Range National Park Spend a few hours, a day or a week discovering this historic arc of mountains stretching spectacularly from Mount Mistake to Wilsons Peak. Rangers’ tip Stop for 5 minutes in a quiet place and become part of the bush—it’s amazing what you’ll see and hear! 18