Mount Moffatt, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

On the Maranoa River circuit track you'll discover what makes Mount Moffatt special . Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Photo credit: Photo: Robert Ashdown © Qld Govt

Maranoa River circuit track

Striking sandstone monoliths point the way through colourful woodlands to the Maranoa River and an ancient Aboriginal art and burial site.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
5.8km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 3hrs walking time.
Grade
Grade 4 walking track
Where
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Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Set off from the Sandstone day-use area and you’ll soon see The Chimneys piercing the skyline. These three pillars, perched high on a rugged mountaintop, were hewn from the surrounding bluff of sandstone by water.

As you walk, immersed in a colourful woodland that is alive with wildflowers in spring, The Looking Glass heralds your approach to the Maranoa River. After crossing the river you’ll be astounded by more than 400 Aboriginal stencils adorning a sombre outcrop at The Tombs. The natural fissures were once used as burial chambers—and you’ll learn this and much more from the signs on the boardwalk.

Getting there and getting around

Getting there

Maranoa River circut walk is in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about 220km north of Mitchell.

  • The Maranoa River circuit track starts from the Sandstone day-use area, which is 2km from the park entrance.
  • To reach Mount Moffatt from Mitchell, drive 220km north on an unsealed road via Womblebank Station. If you are travelling from Injune, drive 160km north-west via Womblebank Station or Westgrove Station. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended and are essential to get around the park. There are no roads from Mount Moffatt direct to the other sections of the park.

  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Maranoa River circuit track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Mount Moffatt safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.