Located in the Southern Downs, in the Cunningham Gap part of the Main Range National Park, the surrounding mountain ridges and peaks make for breathtaking views. The Box Forest Track is a subtropical rainforest walk with two creek crossings and lots of small waterfalls. The forest contains giant brush box trees that have one of the largest trunk diameters of any tree found in the rainforest and during the summer months these magnificent trees shed long strips of their bark, exposing their smooth, salmon-pink-coloured trunks. Many of these trees are over 100 years old! Part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, this is a remarkable area, famous for its evolutionary history, ongoing geological processes and high species diversity. Lyrebirds, goannas (a type of lizard) and pademelons ( a small, furry hopping mammal) are some of the creatures that can be found here.
About 80 miles south-west of Brisbane, the track can be reached from both the New England and Cunningham highways and can be started at either West Gap Creek picnic area or at the western end of The Crest; both places have toilet facilities and parking. Tregony is the town nearest to the trail. A short out and back trail, just over 3 miles long, don’t be fooled by its length; it is graded as Difficult. For information on how we grade trails, please click here
. It takes around 2 hours to complete, although caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click her
e. There is no wheelchair access on this trail and it is unsuitable for pushchairs. Dogs are not allowed on the trail.