Fern Tree Pool and Giant's Chair Circuit

Monto, North Burnett Area

Sandstone monoliths and weathered caves of vivid yellow and red ochres call Cania Gorge National Park home and you can experience a gamut of these on the Fern Tree Pool and Giant's Chair Circuit.
This 5.2 kilometre round trip kicks off just near the picnic area and is just one of many different bushwalks in the gorge which is the perfect place to base yourself to experience authentic Australian bush flora and fauna and experience Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness.

Unexpected lush greenery will meet you at the Fern Tree Pool, a unique site nestled amongst dry sandstone cliffs, beds and rocky outcrops. After criss-crossing the dry bed of "Doctors Gully" Fern tree pool is a permanent pool of water shrouded by lush ferns.

Once you have taken the sights, smells and sounds in of the hidden oasis, head another 2.2 kilometres up to Giant's Chair Lookout, which takes in breathtaking views.

It only takes three hours and some good H2O to make the most of nature's wild thrills, hills and adventures on this bushwalk of a gargantuan nature.

You can hang up your boots after a good days hiking, relax and then do it all again on another trail tomorrow.

Journey Details

3 Hours
5.6 Kilometres


  • Birdwatching

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Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.
Cania Gorge National Park
Monto, North Burnett Area

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Fern Tree Pool and Giant's Chair Circuit

The circuit begins from a car park 900 metres south of the picnic area and is best walked in an anti-clockwise direction. Crossing Doctors Gully several times, the track passes Fern Tree Pool (2.5 kilometres) and continues at a moderate climb for another 2.2 kilometres up a sandstone escarpment to the Giant's Chair lookout. The circuit returns 900 metres to the car park down a steep track and steps. Please carry water on this walk, as the creek water is unsuitable for drinking.

Please Note: The Fern Tree Pool and Giant's Chair Circuit track is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type Return
Level of Difficulty Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience

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