Main Range National Park is located 120km south-west of Brisbane, Queensland. There are four main sections; Cunninghams Gap, Spicers Gaps, Queen Mary Falls and Goomburra.
The 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).
Goomburra is a popular camping destination, with several private camping grounds available before entering into the Park. Within the Goomburra Section, there are two camping grounds located along Dalrymple Creek, Poplar Flat Camping Area, and Manna Gum Camping Area.
Goomburra has numerous walks leading out of the camping areas that follow the creek line and the ridges.
A short drive along lookout road (4×4 recommended) will bring you to the spectacular Goomburra Rainforest, complete with beautiful walks, lookouts, running creeks and a waterfall.
Characterised by strangler figs, palms, tree ferns, epiphytes, buttress roots and vines, the cool subtropical rainforest is found in moist sheltered areas on rich basaltic soils. Such forests usually have two to three canopy layers, a shrub layer and a forest floor covered with ferns.
Once a cattle property (owned initially in 1840 by Ernest Dalrymple—a close friend of the pioneering Leslie brothers), the upper reach of the Goomburra Valley is better known for its forestry history. As early as the 1870s, red cedar, pine and beech were logged from the valley and milled at Allora. By 1923, the upper reaches of the valley were proposed for state forest, and forestry planning commenced. Selective harvesting of hardwood and softwood species started, and experimental plantations were established. By September 1985, forestry extraction from the valley, gorges and ridges had been reduced and in 2002 Goomburra was transferred to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service through the South-East Queensland Forest Agreement. Remnants of the area’s forestry history are found along many of the walking tracks. Goomburra section was incorporated into Main Range National Park in June 2006.
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