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Mt Maroon

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About Mt Maroon:

Mt Maroon is overshadowed by its giant neighbour, Mt Barney, to the south but is no dwarf, at 964m altitude. This area has long been renowned as a ‘reputation’ mountain with bad access, no guidebook and hardened anti-bolting ‘locals’. The truth is it is located within a couple of hours of Brisbane, has a moderate walk in to the lower cliffs and is National Park land. You do still have to walk briefly through private land to gain the ridge but this is well signposted and no problem, IF we as climbers don’t disturb the property owners.   The rock of Maroon is quite unique. The best way to describe it is as a mix of Mt Ngungun’s features and jugs, and Frog Buttress’ bullet hard walls. In short, it produces climbs of a sustained nature up imposing, and usually clean walls.
Nearest town or city: Boonah (Brisbane)
Directions: The mountain is located between the towns of Boonah and Rathdowny, about 120km south west of Brisbane. When driving directly under the imposing cliffs of Maroon’s East face turn onto Cotswold Rd (2.7km east of Maroon township) and follow this for 3.5km to the end of the road. The official carpark (on private land) is located less than a hundred meters back down the road on the right. It is next to a small dam with a picnic table. Please, do not park anywhere else. From this carpark, walk towards the mountain on a small track, cross the barb-wire fence, and follow the steep track up the east ridge. After about thirty minutes an obvious rock wall appears on the right side of the ridge, this is Viewpoint Buttress. Further up the ridge is the massive 200m East Face. You can camp on the summit, but expect rain. Do not camp anywhere near the carpark as this is private land.
Latitude, Longitude: -28.20088, 152.73695
Access Issues: Year round parking . During heavy rain still no problem . Do not drink the water from the dam . Boil it first if needed.
Camping: Free
When to Climb: Summer
Quantity of Climbs: Year

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