The Steamers are rock formations found in a rugged remote area of Main Range National Park, QLD. Here’s a guide to the most amazing lookout in all of South East Queensland.

Highlights

  • Good old Aussie bushbashing
  • Jaw-dropping rock formations
  • Heaps of birdlife
  • Challenging navigation
WATCH

The Steamers at Sunrise

PLAY VIDEO

The Steamers

I spent most of the year fascinated by The Steamers. To this day, I have re-visited the area which is a part of the Main Range National Park over half a dozen times. The terrain, the sound of local bellbirds, and the Stern lookout never cease to amaze me.

I have guided a couple of friends to this lookout and while they admit the terrain is testing and at times unforgiving they gasped in awe when they finally arrived at the lookout. I always aim to be in front of them on their final approach to the lookout and watch their eyes beam as the Mast fills their view.

 

funnel with drone, dan parkes, bushies untamed, main range national park, queensland, australia, bush

A Tough But Rewarding Hike

The Steamers are a perfect challenge for hikers with experience and who wish to be tested physically and navigationally. I can guarantee you will be rewarded for your efforts with what I think is the best view in South East Queensland.

They are named ‘the steamers’ due to their magnificent stature that resembles the shape of a steamboat. The high protruding peaks are named the Stern, Mast, Funnel, and Prow and project above deep valleys on both sides.

 

dan parkes, bushies untamed, main range national park, queensland, australia, bush

 

I have been undecided whether to share this trail on the internet as it was quite an experience finding the lookout from a topographical map.

However, I have provided directions that will take you to the base of the Prow. I recommend you try finding your own way up if you wish to be properly tested.

Also, you’ll be able to enjoy some small caves along the way (perfect for snack and water breaks).

Essential Gear

  • Minimum 5L water in Winter and 8L in Summer
  • Food for up to 8 hours and for worst-case scenarios
  • Mount Superbus Topo map (1:25000)
  • Camera
  • First Aid Kit (including compression bandages)
  • Gaiters or long pants

Activities

  • Navigation
  • Bushwalking (bush bashing)
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography

Skill Level

Expert – This trail should only be attempted by experienced hikers who are comfortable using topographical maps of those who own a GPS.

This trail isn’t officially graded but should be considered as very hard due to the remoteness and difficulty of the terrain. So be sure to do your planning and research of the area (Google Maps) before attempting, always have a backup plan.

Distance Covered / Elevation Gain

15.3km / 720m (max elevation of 1087m)

The hike took 4 hours (excluding breaks) but this time is quite quick as I know the terrain well. Because of this, I suggest planning for 6-8 hours if it’s your first attempt starting from the base of the Funnel.