Main Range National Park Brisbane | Southern Queensland Country

The track leads to a pool at the base of the Araucaria Falls. Photo credit: Joel Kotze © Queensland Government

Impressive mountain peaks, escarpments and ridges offer breathtaking views. Photo credit: © Janette Asche

Araucaria Falls track

Discover the spectacular beauty of the Araucaria Falls on this short track flanked by lush subtropical rainforest.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
3.6km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1.5hrs walking time.
Grade
Grade 4 walking track
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Wind gracefully along a gully lined with brush box and gently climb to this small but spectacular waterfall. Cross the creek at the top before descending sharply to the deep pool below.

The waterfall is named after the towering hoop pines—Araucaria cunninghamii—that line the track. As you sit by the pool, surrounded by lush subtropical rainforest, think back to when hoop pine was logged in the Goomburra area. Now only a few old trees remain, standing tall over the surrounding canopy. As you return along the same track, see if you can spot any of these ancient survivors.

This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).

Getting there and getting around

The Araucaria Falls track is in the Goomburra section of Main Range National Park, about 175km south-west of Brisbane.

Getting to the Goomburra section

  • The Goomburra section can be reached from both the New England and Cunningham highways.
  • From the New England Highway turn off the highway 3km south of Allora onto Inverramsay Road, follow Inverramsay Road, then Forestry Reserve Road east for about 35km to the park entrance.
  • From the Cunningham Highway turn off at Gladfield, 25km west of Cunninghams Gap or 13km east of the Cunningham and New England highway junction, and travel 8km to join Inverramsay Road, then follow Inverramsay Road, and Forestry Reserve Road to the park entrance.

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Araucaria Falls 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 safely and Walk with care.