Box Forest Track

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area

Begin this walk at either the West Gap Creek picnic area or western end of The Crest car park at Cunninghams Gap in World Heritage listed Main Range National Park. Passing through rainforest and open forest, the track is named after the brush box (Lophostemon confertus) which line West Gap Creek. Birdlife is plentiful. Return to your starting point via the Box Forest track or arrange to be picked up at either end of the track. It is not advisable to return via the edge of the busy Cunningham Highway.

Journey Details

1.5 Hours
Itinerary Type
Mode of Travel
5 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
Level of Difficulty
Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience


  • Animal Viewing
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking

Other Information


Children are welcome. Supervise children closely - especially near watercourses and steep slopes. Avoid contact with stinging nettles and stinging trees.,
Main Range National Park
Cunninghams Gap
Maryvale, Southern Downs Area

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