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Step back in time and sample Queensland’s best-known example of sophisticated 19th century civil engineering.
- Journey type
- 3.2km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 1hr walking time.
- Grade 4 walking track
- Conventional vehicle
Wander along Old Spicers Gap Road and discover some of the best road-building practices of the pioneering period. Signs explain the techniques, used between 1850 and 1870, and you can still see remnants of the road built in 1960 by surveyor and engineer Robert Austin.
Austin used gently sweeping curves and low gradients to cater for the heavy transport of the day—bullock drays and horse-drawn wagons. His use of 'macadamised' or 'metalled' pavements and careful attention to drainage were well before their road-building time.
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 Heritage trail is in the Spicers Gap section of Main Range National Park about 120km south-west of Brisbane.
The trail has two trail heads:
- at the end of Spicers Gap Road, 4.9km from the park entrance
- the western end of Spicers Gap Road, 2.7km from the park entrance (high-clearance 4WD only). Close all gates after passing through.
Getting to the Spicers Gap section
- The eastern approach to Spicers Gap is suitable for conventional vehicles.
- From Brisbane, drive about 95km south-west on the Cunningham Highway.
- About 5km west of Aratula turn onto Lake Moogerah Road, drive 6km then turn onto Spicers Gap Road and a further 6km to the park entrance.
- The western approach towards Spicers Gap is suitable only for high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles and should be avoided in wet weather.
- From Warwick drive 44.5km east on the Cunningham Highway or, from Cunninghams Gap drive 4.5km west on the Cunningham Highway.
- Turn south onto Spicers Gap Road and drive about 4km to the park entrance.
- Leave gates as you find them and stay on Spicers Gap Road at all times.
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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Before you visit
Heritage trail is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- Poplar camp area closed for maintenance 15–18 February 2021
- Scenic Rim Trail closed for camping and some walking 1–5 February 2021