Main Range National Park Brisbane | Southern Queensland Country

Rock hop over the upper reaches of Dalrymple Creek. Photo credit: © Sarah Haskmann

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

Cascades circuit

Wander through a canopy of rainforest and open forest alongside the upper reaches of Dalrymple Creek.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
6.5km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 3hrs walking time.
Grade
Grade 4 walking track
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Marvel at the complex path of the water as it spills down the creek—tumbling over shimmering cascades, racing around smooth rocks, and plunging into deep pools. Sit quietly beside the creek and listen to the symphony of bird calls in the trees. How many different species you can see?

Step back in time and have a look at the forest around you. Large stands of red cedar, white beech and hoop pine once stood proudly in these forests. Search the forest for the subtle reminders of the harvesting that took place here between 1840 and 1985?

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 Cascades circuit 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

Cascades circuit 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.