North Branch track
Explore Goomburra's fragrant eucalypt forest alongside a pristine mountain stream that is alive with birdlife.
- Journey type
- 7km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 3.5hrs walking time.
- Grade 4 walking track
- Conventional vehicle
- Photo credit: Joel Kotze © Queensland Government
- Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government
Heading off from the locked gate opposite the Kurrajong picnic area, you’ll be serenaded by a symphony of frog and bird calls. Follow the track through open forest, rock hopping back and forth across water-worn rocks in the unspoiled north branch of Dalrymple Creek.
Endangered Fleay's barred frog call this part of the creek home. Listen for the distinctive and throaty ‘ok-ok-ok’ call of solitary males. If there are a few males around, they emit a long rasping ‘arrrrrrr’ chorus.
After following the creek for 3.5km, you’ll enter cool and lush rainforest and the turnaround point of your walk.
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 North Branch track is in the Goomburra section of Main Range National Park, about 175km south-west of Brisbane.
- The track starts opposite the Kurrajong picnic area at the locked gate.
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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Before you visit
North Branch track is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
For more safety information see Visiting Main Range safely and Walk with care.
- Main Range National Park - Gap Creek Falls track closed for maintenance 6 March to 30 November 2023
- Goomburra section, Main Range National Park - Lookout Road closure due to roadwork 29 May to 30 June 2023
- Main Range National Park - road damage Goomburra and Spicers Gap sections 30 March to 30 June 2023
- Main Range National Park - restricted access to Head Road and southern remote bush camps 16 January to 16 June 2023