Moogerah Peaks National Park Brisbane

Mount French section, Moogerah Peaks National Park. Photo credit: Justin O’Connell © Qld Govt

Things to do

    Frog Buttress is the only campground in Moogerah Peaks National Park. Photo: R. Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    Frog Buttress is the only campground in Moogerah Peaks National Park. Photo: R. Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll along one of the walking tracks at Mount French section. Photo: R. Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll along one of the walking tracks at Mount French section. Photo: R. Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    There is limited camping available within Moogerah Peaks National Park, with Mount French section providing the only camping area. This camping area is not suitable for caravans. Camping permits are required and fees apply. As the camping area is small, advance bookings are necessary. The number of camping permits issued is limited to help protect the park from degradation.

    Read Things to know before you go for information about essentials to bring with you when camping in Moogerah Peaks National Park.

    Other accommodation

    There are several privately-run camping reserves, lodges and bed and breakfasts located within a short distance of Moogerah Peaks National Park. Hotel, motel and caravan park accommodation is available at Boonah, Aratula and a council caravan park at Lake Moogerah. For more information see the tourism information links.

    Walking

    There are two short walking tracks in Mount French section. The other sections of the park have a number of rough bush tracks of varying difficulty, which are best suited to experienced bushwalkers only. Less experienced walkers should walk with an experienced person and take food and water.

    Leave a copy of your bushwalking plans with a friend, relative or other reliable person. For your own comfort and safety, be aware of weather conditions. Suitable footwear and clothing are essential. Be aware that mobile phones work intermittently in these areas.

    To make the most of your park visit, please read the section on staying safe.

    Allow 15 to 20min to walk 1km. This time is calculated for people of average fitness and bushwalking experience and who are wearing correct footwear. If you are walking with small children or are a less experienced bushwalker, allow more time to return to your starting point.

    Distances given are from the track entrance and return.

    Key to track standards

    Use the walking track grades listed with each walking track description to choose walks suitable for your group's abilities and fitness levels.

    Class 1 walking trackGrade 1 track

    • No bushwalking experience required.
    • Flat, even surface with no steps or steep sections.
    • Suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.

    Class 3 walking trackGrade 3 track

    • Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
    • Some bushwalking experience recommended.
    • Tracks may have short steep hill sections and a rough surface.

    Class 5 walking trackGrade 5 track

    • Unformed track. Very rough and steep.
    • No signs or markers provided, except where necessary to reduce environmental damage.
    • High level of fitness, extensive bushwalking experience, first-aid skills, ankle-supporting footwear, good navigational skills, relevant topographic maps and compass essential.

    Walking tracks at a glance

    Matching experience and expectations—to make your planning easier, simply match your expectations and experience with the most suitable track or trail.

    Track nameClassification Distance return Walking time
    North cliff track

    Class 1 walking trackGrade 1

    720m 15min return
    Mee-bor-rum circuitClass 3 walking track Grade 3 840m 25min return
    Mount Edwards summit trailClass 5 walking track Grade 5 6km 3.5hr return

    Mount French section

    This section encompasses the North peak—Mee-bor-rum (468m) and South peaks—Punchargin (598m) of Mount French. Access to the south peak (Punchargin) is restricted by private property. On the north peak (Mee-bor-rum) two short tracks make it easy for you to explore the park's many features and neither requires previous bushwalking experience. Sections of these tracks are suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.

    Class 1 walking track North Cliff track (Grade 1)

    Distance: 720m

    Time: Allow about 15min walking time

    Details: This track leads to Logans lookout with excellent, panoramic views over the Fassifern Valley, with the Main Range escarpment to the west and Flinders Peak and beyond to the east. North Cliff track is suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.

    Don’t throw rocks or stones over the lookout—climbers could be below. Even small rocks can cause serious injury.

    Class 3 walking track Mee-bor-rum circuit (Grade 3)

    Distance: 840m

    Time: Allow about 25min walking time

    Details: This circuit track passes through heathland and features the East Cliff lookout with views of Tamborine, Lamington and Mount Barney. Care must be taken at the lookout as it is a natural feature and has no handrails. Further along the track a circular platform with seating provides views of the heathland and the southern section of Mount French.

    Wheelchair access with assistance on this track is only possible to the East Cliff lookout. Beyond here the track through the heathland is rough and uneven.

    Mount Edwards section

    The steep, forested slopes of Mount Edwards (634m) and adjacent Little Mount Edwards (363m) are separated by Reynolds Creek, which flows between the two mountains through a gorge of sloping rock layers.

    Class 5 walking trackMount Edwards summit trail (Grade 5)

    Distance: 6km

    Time: Allow about 3.5hr walking time

    Details: There are no signs or facilities so you must be self-reliant.Mount Edwards is accessible from the Lake Moogerah picnic area at the end of Moogerah Connection Road. From the picnic area walk across the dam wall to the park entrance. Be rewarded with extensive views to the north over the Fassifern Valley after a steep walk. The summit trail is suitable for bushwalkers with a reasonable level of fitness.

    Please be aware that the hours of access are between 6am to 6pm. The dam wall access gate is locked outside these hours.

    dangerWarning! There are sheer cliffs and slippery rocks particularly after rain. One slip could be fatal—serious injury or death may result from walking near the cliff edge. Keep to the route—supervise children closely.

    Summit routes

    There is one summit route in Moogerah Peaks National Park: Mount Greville summit route. This summit route is not a walking track. Please read the safety information below before planning your route. The distance is not provided. Plan to reach the peak and return before dark. Use the estimated time allocated for the summit route to plan your day.

    Be aware

    • People accessing the summit routes must be well-prepared and have a reasonable level of fitness and bush navigation skills.
    • The summit routes have exposed, steep rocky sections. There are narrow ridges and vertical cliff edges.
    • Serious injuries have occurred on summit routes—death could occur.
    • Rock falls could occur at any time. If you access the summit routes you need to be aware of the risks.
    • Summit routes are not walking tracks and are unsuitable for young children and inexperienced people.
    • If you feel unsure about your ability to climb and keep up with the rest of your group, or not comfortable with the route selected, then don’t attempt it.

    Know the hazards!

    • Falling and rolling rocks.
    • Loose rock debris.
    • Steep, rocky sections.
    • Very slippery rocks in wet conditions.
    • Heat exhaustion and dehydration.
    • Inexperience, poor preparation and inappropriate gear.

    Mount Greville section

    This small, rugged section of the park takes in the peak and slopes of Mount Greville (767m), which rises sharply above the surrounding hilly country. With its rocky faces and forested ridges, this mountain creates an attractive landmark. Two deep, narrow, steep-sided gorges, known as Palm Gorge and Waterfall Gorge, cut into its south-eastern side. Mount Greville section is surrounded by private property except for the car park and designated route.

    Mount Greville summit route

    Distance: Measured in time only

    Time: Allow about 5hr return

    Details: There are no formed routes, signs or facilities so you must be self-reliant.
    Mount Greville's scree-clad gorges with palm-dominated rainforest provide access to the summit from the south-east. This route is suitable only for experienced people.

    dangerWarning! There are sheer cliffs and slippery rocks particularly after rain. One slip could be fatal—serious injury or death may result from walking near the cliff edge. Keep to the route—supervise children closely.

    Roped sports—abseiling and rockclimbing

    Mount French has one of the most popular and well-known rockclimbing locations in South East Queensland, known locally as ‘Frog Buttress’.

    Rockclimbing and abseiling opportunities are suitable for experienced and well equipped climbers only.

    Take care to avoid dislodging rocks as they might hit climbers below you—even small rocks can cause serious injury.

    Never attempt climbs in wet weather as smooth surfaces can be slippery and dangerous. The likelihood of rockfalls and landslides are heightened by rainfall and intense fire activity. Flexible soled shoes with good grip should be worn.

    Your safety

    • Never attempt to climb or abseil unless you are confident you can complete the activity.
    • Always use appropriate equipment. Helmets are strongly recommended.
    • Allow enough time to complete your climb in daylight hours.
    • Carry enough water and food for your climb.
    • Carry a mobile phone and keep emergency phone numbers.
    • Never climb alone.
    • Be aware of those below—be careful not to dislodge rocks when climbing.
    • Watch the weather—if it looks like it will rain do not attempt the climb. Rocks will become slippery and dangerous.
    • Carry a first-aid kit.

    When rock climbing, minimise vegetation disturbance to protect the area from erosion and the introduction of pest plant species. It is an offence to install your own anchor points.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Mount French is the only section of Moogerah Peaks National Park with a picnic area. Picnic tables, gas barbecues and toilets are provided and set amongst open eucalypt forest. Visitors are asked to treat all tap water before drinking and to take their rubbish home for appropriate disposal.

    Visitors must be self-sufficient when walking in all other sections of Moogerah Peaks National Park.

    Lake Moogerah, managed by Seqwater, caters for water-based recreational activities and has picnic facilities with toilets. For details on activities, see Seqwater.

    Viewing wildlife

    Moogerah Peaks National Park provides the only significant refuge for some of the area's threatened and vulnerable wildlife. Inappropriate fire, clearing, logging and farming has meant that some habitats only survive on the peaks, gorges, cliff lines and rocky ridges of the national park. The last remnant stand of the once widespread 'Fassifern scrub' dry rainforest, dominated by brigalow Acacia harpophylla, is now confined to Mount French.

    There are six significant flora species within the park, some vulnerable to extinction, such as the vulnerable slender milkvine Marsdenia coronata and two species of lichen.

    See the description of the park's natural environment for more details about Moogerah Peaks' diverse wildlife.

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