Main Range Conservation Park Brisbane | Southern Queensland Country

Photo credit: Mark Nemeth © Queensland Government

Casuarina day-use area

Relax with a picnic in the open grasslands amongst lomandras and bottlebrush trees before exploring the open woodlands on walks that start at the Casuarina day-use area.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Attraction facilities

  • Wood-fired barbecue (BYO wood)
  • Picnic tables (some sheltered)
  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)

From your picnic blanket or one of the available picnic tables, quietly observe the prolific bird species that inhabit the bottlebrush trees dotted throughout this peaceful, shaded and grassy day-use area.

The Casuarina day-use area is a great starting point to rest and refuel before hiking up Mount Machar to take in the scenic views, or exploring the landscape on the designated shared trails from bike or horseback.

It has toilets and barbecues (BYO firewood) with a small information hut nearby.

For more information about the walking tracks or where the shared trails begin and finish, see the Main Range Conservation Park map (PDF, 295.9KB) .

Getting there and getting around

Casuarina day-use area is in Main Range Conservation Park about 130km from Brisbane and 40km south of Gatton in south-east Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.

  • The day-use area is approximately 2km south of the park entrance at the end of East Haldon Road.

Getting to Main Range Conservation Park

  • At the western edge of Gatton, turn south off the Gatton−Toowoomba Road onto Mount Sylvia Road.
  • Travel south through Tenthill to Junction View. Road signs pointing to Glen Rock Regional Park (the park’s former name) direct the way
  • At the old Junction View State School veer left and follow East Haldon Road to the park.
  • Continue to the end of the road. The last 4km to the park entrance is gravel.

The road to the park is narrow and winding, with numerous creek crossings that flood after heavy rain.


A dirt walkway leading to a flat concrete landing provides access to the left hand ambulant toilets. The 800mm wide vegetation bordered walkway provides entry to the bathroom through an 800mm door jamb.

There are no formed paths in the day-use area and the 780mm high, sheltered picnic tables are set on either gravel or pavers with fixed chairs on all four sides.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Casuarina day-use area 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 Main Range Conservation Park safely.