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Ravensbourne National Park

Rainforest areas. Walks. Gus Beutel Lookout.



You can reach Ravensbourne from Toowoomba or Brisbane via Esk. From Toowoomba, follow the New England Highway for 32 km to Hampton and take the road to Esk for 17 km to the park turnoff. From Esk, follow the Toowoomba road for 33 km to the park. For location see National Park Rd and Walsh Rd, Ravensbourne, QldMap

Picnic Areas

Both Blackbean day-use area and Cedar Block day-use area have wood-fired barbecues, toilets, picnic tables and shelter sheds.

Bring your own drinking water and clean-milled firewood or fuel stove. Camping is not permitted.


Local Aboriginal people and those traveling west to the bunya nut feasts in the mountains used the area extensively. You can still see places where they dug for yams. Red cedar Toona australis and other timbers were felled from about the 1860s. Cleared land was used for dairying and beef cattle grazing. The park was declared in 1922 and now covers 440 ha.


Gus Beutel lookout

The lookout provides panoramic views over the range towards Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley and the Scenic Rim. A brass disc identifies the distant features. On a clear day you can see Mt Barney.


Various walking tracks allow you to view features of the rainforest and open forest. While the walks are short - only one is longer than a kilometre - you can spend a full day exploring the park.

Cedar Block self-guided walk

500 m circuit. Allow 15 minutes.

This short track starts at the bottom of the Cedar Block picnic area. Learn about the rainforest and history of the park from signs along the way.

Rainforest circuit

1.7 km return. Allow 40 minutes.
Large Sydney blue gums Eucalyptus saligna emerge through the rainforest canopy. In the understorey there are many attractive ferns, tree ferns and vines. Along the higher section of this walking track the remains of an Aboriginal yam-digging site can be seen.

Palm Creek circuit

3.5 km return. Allow 1 hour 15 minutes.
This track leaves the rainforest circuit and crosses Palm Creek - named after the piccabeen palms Archontophoenix cunningnamiana covering its steep banks. Look up into the canopy for epiphytes, including staghorns and orchids. Take the short side track to a small sandstone overhang.

Buaraba Creek

6.2 km return. Allow 2 hours.
This pleasant walk starts in the rainforest and then passes through open eucalypyt forest. It ends with a short descent into the cool and shady Buaraba Creek. Return along the same track. Please take drinking water.

Information from Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing



Red soils of the park's west and south-west support rainforest through which eucalypts emerge, including Sydney blue gum Eucalyptus saligna, pink bloodwood Corymbia intermedia and flooded gum E. grandis.

Plant life in the rainforest varies from palm groves and vines to an abundance of ferns, including stag horns and elkhorns. The canopy layer is often very dense and creates a cool, dark and moist atmosphere below. These conditions contrast with eucalypt forest found elsewhere in the park.

Sandy soils of the park's eastern section support open eucalypt forest dominated by Blackbutt E. pilularis and Queensland Blue Gum E. tereticornis. Other eucalypts, she-oaks and wattles also occur.

The Big Fig 


More than 80 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Many, such as the Scaly-breasted and Rainbow Lorikeets, are found in both rainforest and open forest. Others are restricted to a particular vegetation: the Satin Bowerbird, Catbird and Black-breasted Button-quail are found in the rainforest, while the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo and Red-backed Fairy-wren inhabit open forest. The big fig at the Cedar Block area is full of pigeons when it is fruiting.

You can often see the Red-necked Wallaby and Swamp Wallaby grazing at the forest edge. You might also catch glimpses of reptiles and hear various insects. Listen for frogs, particularly on wet days.


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