Mount May and Waterfall Creek Circuit

4 h to 6 h

6.7 km

↑ 678 m
↓ -678 m

Very challenging
Starting from Waterfall Creek Road, Maroon, this circuit walk takes you to both of the summits of Mount May, crossing the Waterfall Creek multiple times along the way. Expect a physical and navigational challenge that will reward you with stunning views over the surrounding area. Mount Barney looks exceptional along with the picturesque peaks of Moogerah. You’ll be hiking and scrambling along the scenic ridge, and parts of the track may require bush-bashing due to the overgrowth. A decent level of fitness and bushwalking/scrambling experience is recommended. Keep an eye out for snakes, especially in the warmer months. Avoid this track under wet conditions as it can become extremely slippery and dangerous. Bring a GPS device to be safe. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-28.2059052,152.6684883)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Mount Lindesay Highway, 13, 16
  • Turn on to Boonah - Rathdowney Road, 93, 16 then drive for 22.3 km
  • Turn left onto Burnett Creek Road and drive for another 2.5 km
  • Turn left onto Newman Road and drive for another 1.8 km
  • Keep right onto Waterfall Creek Road and drive for another 1.2 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Waterfall Creek Road(near Waterfall Creek Reserve Campground), head towards the red stop sign along the dirt road, then take a perpendicular left turn just before and head along the wide track, moving eastward and away from the creek. Follow the said track as it takes you deeper into the woodland to continue along Mount May and Waterfall Creek Circuit(clockwise). Note that this is the recommended direction as the northern ridge is quite loose underfoot and may become extremely dangerous whilst descending.....
Turn map Directions & comments
After 2.6 km pass the "Mount May" (100 m on your right).
After another 740 m turn sharp right, to head along Waterfall Creek Road.
After another 3 km head through/around the gate.
After another 270 m come to "Waterfall Creek Reserve".
Campsite managed byScenic Rim Regional Council. There is a fee to use this campsite.
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Mount May and Waterfall Creek Circuit

Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 6.7 km
Time 4 h to 6 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Signage No directional signs (5/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 6.7 km from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
6.7 kmWaterfall Creek Reserve
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