The Peak Range National Park
For a scenic drive, travel along the Peak Downs Highway for panoramic views of the Peak Range. The Peak Range is a chain of prominent and picturesque mountains between Moranbah, Clermont and Dysart. The sharp peaks are visible from a considerable distance across the flat country plains and are most spectacular viewed at sunrise and sunset. The Peak Range has been built up by an extensive sequence of basalt flows and rhyolite/trachyte intrusive bodies, which erupted from the Peak Range Volcano, a ‘hot spot' between 32 and 29 million years ago.
Visitors to Peak Range National Park can enjoy bushwalking and photography, with spectacular geological features, views and historical interest. Peak Range National Park provides a remote natural setting with no motorised vehicle access, facilities or defined walking tracks. The National Park contains four plant species of conservation significance; Acacia arbiana, Bertya pedicellat, Troncinia patens and Dichanthium queenslandicum. Two animal species of conservation significance have been recorded in the area; the squatter pigeon Geophaps scripta scripta and the koala Phascolarctos cinereus as well as sightings of the whip-tailed wallaby Macrophus parryi.
Peak Range National Park consists of four sections; Wolfang Peak, Eastern Peak, Lord's Table Mountain and Gemini Mountains.
Please note Walkers should prepare accordingly by referring to the Pre-trip Planning and Staying Safe information.
At 572m and 172 hectares, is the most popular peak of the ranges and takes approximately an hour to summit. It has significant scenic and geological values and climbers will discover a colony of bats in a small cave and look out for the giant St Andrews spiders near the summit. Once there you will experience a 360° view of the surrounding farmland and National Park offering some of the most unique panoramas in Queensland. The slope below its bare volcanic peak carries an open scrub giving way to open grassland and grassy Eucalyptus orgadophila woodland (Butler and Fensham 2008).
Peak Access: Please note this peak is under grazing lease. Access is by walking only from the Peak Downs Highway. Visitors can access the park to climb the peak via fire control lines. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services in Clermont can provide advice on peak access and walking trails as walking trails are unmarked.
Lord's Table Mountain
Located 35km east of Clermont or 40km west of Dysart along the Clermont-Dysart Road lays Lord's Table Mountain. Centrally located amongst the Peak Range National Park, the mountain itself is 320 metres high and flat-topped plateau, with Anvil Peak being the highest point, at the southern end. This section compromises 761 hectares and supports the largest area of dry rainforest in the Peak Range. It was named by Ludwig Leichhardt in 1845 and is mainly open eucalypt woodland, dry vine scrubs and mallee eucalypt at the top of the mountain. Lord's Table is perfect for day trips and picnics.
Peak Access: Access to the mountain is via the Huntley Road. There is a picnic table and rest area at its scenic base. Please check the condition of the Huntley Road at your local information centre, Council Office or police station prior to your trip.
Located approximately 45km east of Clermont, the Gemini Peaks are two volcanic formations with open eucalypt woodland. Of particular interest is the endangered daisy Belyando Cobbler's Peg Tiocinica retroflexa found in the black soils of the park.
Peak Access: There is a basic vehicle track network for walking from the Peak Downs Highway to the foothills of the Gemini Peaks.
Approximately 50km east of Clermont and 85km north-east of Emerald, Eastern Creek is an example of a thrust dome resulting from successive intrusions and upheavals of viscous lava.
Eastern peak is surrounded by private land and not accessible to the public.
Camping is prohibited at all peaks.
The Peak Range National Park and its peaks have no facilities. Fires are strictly prohibited. Please ensure you are environmentally conscious by removing all rubbish.
Climbing the peaks is not recommended without advice from the local Queensland Parks and Wildlife Office. Protective clothing and plenty of water is recommended to guard against the bush and heat. For more information, please contact Queensland Parks and Wildlife on (07) 4983 1211.
For more information, please contact the:
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, Phone 13 74 68, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Peak Range National Park page.
Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) Offices
QGAP Offices are authorised to take payments for camping permits in National Parks. The Isaac Region has three QGAP Offices located in Clermont, Middlemount and Moranbah: