Rainforest reflections, Dalrymple Creek, Goomburra. Photo R. Ashdown.
Goomburra is a section of Main Range National Park, on the western part of the Scenic Rim—a spectacular arc of mountains stretching from Mount Mistake to Springbrook in south-eastern Queensland.
Once a cattle property, Goomburra has a long forestry history, with red cedar, pine and beech logged from the valley, and milled at Allora, as far back as 1870. By 1923, the upper reaches of the valley were proposed for State forest, and forestry planning occurred. Selective harvesting of hardwood and softwood species occurred and experimental plantations were established. By September 1985, forestry extraction from the valley, gorges and ridges had been reduced and in 2002 Goomburra was transferred to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. The Goomburra section was incorporated into Main Range National Park in June 2006.
Storms brew over the Goomburra Valley. Photo R. Ashdown.
Dalrymple Creek runs through the Goomburra section of Main Range National Park.
Azure Kingfisher (Alcedo azurea). Photo Harry Ashdown.
Goomburra is home to Fleay's Barred Frog (Mixophyes fleayii), a frog whose numbers have declined dangerously - it is currently classified as endangered. Photo R. Ashdown.
Bracken Fern frond. Photo R. Ashdown.
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis). Photo R. Ashdown.
Southern Angle-headed Dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes), one of the park's many reptile species. Photo R. and H. Ashdown
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis). Photo R. Ashdown.
Goomburra fungi. Photo R. Ashdown.
A raft of leaves and flowers, Dalrymple Creek. Photo R. Ashdown.
Red-necked Pademelon (Thylogale thetis). Photo R. Ashdown.
Orange-streaked Ringlet (Hypocista irius). Photo R. Ashdown.
The rufous-coloured, fan-shaped tail of the Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons). Photo Harry Ashdown.
Russell's Greenhood (Diplodium russellii). Photo R. Ashdown.
Looking east over Mt Castle from the top of the Great Dividing Range, Goomburra National Park. Photo R. Ashdown.
Part of a special rainforest reserve.
In December 1994, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee officially declared the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area over the Scenic Rim, including most of Main Range and Mount Barney national parks and nearly all of Lamington and Springbrook national parks, and the rainforests of northern and central New South Wales.
World Heritage status is a prestigious international recognition of the important conservation values of this area, especially its unique geology, subtropical and cool temperate rainforests and rare flora and fauna.
As part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, Main Range is an extremely important refuge for many animals. These include a species of land snail, the beautiful Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, endangered birds (e.g. the Eastern Bristlebird), amphibians such as the Fleay’s Barred Frog, and mammals such as the Spotted-tailed Quoll and the Hastings River Mouse. Main Range National Park plays a vital role in protecting this rich diversity of globally significant wildlife.