About Main Range
Rugged mountain ranges, spectacular lookouts and rare wildlife feature in this prestigious Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area park. Main Range National Park covers 30,170.5 ha. A mosaic of vegetation types occurs in the park. Rainforests grow in moist or sheltered locations, with open eucalypt forest occurring on the drier ridges and valleys. Montane heath vegetation grows on the cliffs and rocky outcrops.
These diverse habitats shelter much wildlife, including the seldom seen Albert's lyrebird, the endangered eastern bristlebird and the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. Populations of these birds and other wildlife have been threatened by land clearing and inappropriate fire regimes in South East Queensland.
A restricted plant species, the giant spear lily Doryanthes palmeri, also occurs in the park. Careful management is essential for the continued survival of the park's habitats and the wildlife that lives in them.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of Main Range National Park.
You can help protect the park and forest by observing these guidelines:
- Please leave all plants and animals undisturbed.
- Please do not feed the wildlife. Feeding native animals may cause poor health and sometimes death.
- Goomburra is a special area for frogs; your cooperation is required to protect them—be frog friendly.
- Use toilets if available. Away from toilets, ensure all human waste and toilet paper are properly buried (15cm deep) well away from tracks, camp sites, watercourses and drainage channels (100m). Carry out disposable nappies and sanitary products.
- When bathing or washing cooking equipment or clothes, always wash at least 100m from streams and lakes. Waterways should be kept free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, shampoo, sunscreens and food scraps.
- Take your rubbish home. Minimal impact bushwalkers take great care to avoid leaving any rubbish. Remember—pack it in, pack it out.
- Be self-sufficient—use a fuel stove.
- Keep to the walking tracks where provided and take care near cliff edges.
- Remember: the use of generators is prohibited in camping areas.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manage Main Range National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its remarkable natural and cultural values in perpetuity.
Main Range National Park's outstanding geological history, evolutionary significance and role in nature conservation are recognised through its inclusion in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Management is in accordance with internationally-recognised obligations under the World Heritage Convention.
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
- Main Range National Park - Gap Creek Falls closed due to wet conditions 4 July 2022 to 28 February 2023