Main Range Conservation Park Brisbane | Southern Queensland Country

Photo credit: Mark Nemeth © Queensland Government

Mount Machar track

Mount Machar track - Cross the creek and walk up the steep slopes towards Mount Machar. The higher you go the better the views across the valley towards the signature red rock outcrop known as Glen Rock.

Journey type
3.2km return from Casuarina day-use area and Glen Rock camping-area return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1.5-2hr walking time
Grade 4 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Leave bottle-brush-clad Blackfellow Creek behind and climb the ridge through an open woodland of eucalypts and grasstrees. The track ends at a natural viewpoint with views across the valley to the distinctive red outcrop of Glen Rock and the rainforest-clad ranges of Main Range National Park beyond.

Getting there and getting around

The Mount Machar track is in Main Range Conservation Park about 130km from Brisbane and 40km south of Gatton in south-east Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.

  • The Mount Machar track leaves from the Casuarina day-use area and Glen Rock camping area at the southern end of East Haldon Road.
  • The day-use and camping areas are approximately 2km south of the park entrance.

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.


This rough, uneven track has creek crossings and steep grades and is not suitable for manual wheelchairs or wheeled mobility devices with mostly unformed and uneven surfaces containing obstacles.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Mount Machar 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 Main Range Conservation Park safely and Walk with care.