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Ewen Maddock Dam Main Track

Glenview
8.0km
Trail type
Skill Level
One-way Length
One-way

A pleasant and varied one way walk lakeside through a scenic landscape.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers of all ages, horse riders and mountain bikers. Dogs allowed on leash only.

HIGHLIGHTS
This is one for everyone’s bucket list. Called the Main Track, the multi-use trail goes from Maddock Park on the northern side of the lake to Gympie Street North, near Landsborough.

This very scenic trail offers lots of photo opportunities along lake’s edge, including distant Glass House Mountains, waterlilies and other aqua plants. You pass through tall stands of Eucalypts and other forest trees as well as groves of palms and paperbark trees in wetlands that are buzzing with vibrant blue and burnt red dragonflies (in Spring).

The trail is enhanced by a variety of birdlife throughout: willy wagtails, finches, whip birds, parrots, kingfishers, grey herons, ducks and pukekos, even pelicans in the distance. Along the way, near the lakes edge, you'll pass a big burnt out stump, once a giant a tree.

An undulating path, Main Track borders some horse properties in parts. With no powerboats allowed on the lake it’s a quiet, peaceful, and highly-recommended journey.

There are some occasional trip hazards and a few minor muddy sections, but in the main, it's a very straight forward and accessible path.

AFTERWARDS
The beauty of this trail is at the end you can easily follow the road into Landsborough, a short distance away. The first turn on your left will take you back into the main street to bakeries and CJs Patisseries. Nom nom! Another equally pretty multi-use trail to add to your bucket list is the Bracalba Shared Trail in the Glass House Mountains Conservation Park west of Wamuran.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Heading south on the M1, at the Caloundra,turn-off, take Steve Irwin Way south. After 3 km turn right into the Mooloolah Connection Road. Follow this road approx 1.5 km till you get to an SEQ Water sign for Ewan Maddock Dam Maddock Park. Turn left and drive down this road till you get to the car park. If you are heading north on Steve Irwin Way, Mooloolah Connection Road is approx. 6 km past Landsborough on your left.

From the carpark, walkers and mountain bikers start at the cement path and follow the cycle track sign. Horse-riders, if you follow the path to the right of the toilets towards Connection Road it will weave around to the start of the main track walk.

To the end point: The end point is the park gate entry at Gympie Street North. From the main shopping street in Landsborough (Cribb Street) head north and at the first T-junction you will hit Gympie Street North. Turn right and follow this road for about 550 metres. It will turn a corner into Tunnel Ridge Road, however continue straight ahead on Gympie Street N till the end where there is ample car parking, including for horsefloats.

Horseriders and mountain bikers might like to make this a there and back adventure starting from either end of the marked trail. Walkers are best to organise car shuttlers. Amenities are only available at the start on north side.

A pleasant and varied one way walk lakeside through a scenic landscape.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers of all ages, horse riders and mountain bikers. Dogs allowed on leash only.

HIGHLIGHTS
This is one for everyone’s bucket list. Called the Main Track, the multi-use trail goes from Maddock Park on the northern side of the lake to Gympie Street North, near Landsborough.

This very scenic trail offers lots of photo opportunities along lake’s edge, including distant Glass House Mountains, waterlilies and other aqua plants. You pass through tall stands of Eucalypts and other forest trees as well as groves of palms and paperbark trees in wetlands that are buzzing with vibrant blue and burnt red dragonflies (in Spring).

The trail is enhanced by a variety of birdlife throughout: willy wagtails, finches, whip birds, parrots, kingfishers, grey herons, ducks and pukekos, even pelicans in the distance. Along the way, near the lakes edge, you'll pass a big burnt out stump, once a giant a tree.

An undulating path, Main Track borders some horse properties in parts. With no powerboats allowed on the lake it’s a quiet, peaceful, and highly-recommended journey.

There are some occasional trip hazards and a few minor muddy sections, but in the main, it's a very straight forward and accessible path.

AFTERWARDS
The beauty of this trail is at the end you can easily follow the road into Landsborough, a short distance away. The first turn on your left will take you back into the main street to bakeries and CJs Patisseries. Nom nom! Another equally pretty multi-use trail to add to your bucket list is the Bracalba Shared Trail in the Glass House Mountains Conservation Park west of Wamuran.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Heading south on the M1, at the Caloundra,turn-off, take Steve Irwin Way south. After 3 km turn right into the Mooloolah Connection Road. Follow this road approx 1.5 km till you get to an SEQ Water sign for Ewan Maddock Dam Maddock Park. Turn left and drive down this road till you get to the car park. If you are heading north on Steve Irwin Way, Mooloolah Connection Road is approx. 6 km past Landsborough on your left.

From the carpark, walkers and mountain bikers start at the cement path and follow the cycle track sign. Horse-riders, if you follow the path to the right of the toilets towards Connection Road it will weave around to the start of the main track walk.

To the end point: The end point is the park gate entry at Gympie Street North. From the main shopping street in Landsborough (Cribb Street) head north and at the first T-junction you will hit Gympie Street North. Turn right and follow this road for about 550 metres. It will turn a corner into Tunnel Ridge Road, however continue straight ahead on Gympie Street N till the end where there is ample car parking, including for horsefloats.

Horseriders and mountain bikers might like to make this a there and back adventure starting from either end of the marked trail. Walkers are best to organise car shuttlers. Amenities are only available at the start on north side.

Activities and facilities
Glossary
  • Suitable for wheelchairs
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for recreational cycling
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • Suitable for kayaking
  • Drinking water available
  • No drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires permitted
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping permitted
  • Camping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • No drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
Map
Reviews

Review Date: 28/11/2018

Love this spot, something for everyone. Playground, toilets and short walks off Mooloolah Connection Rd or go for a long forest hike or ride.

Reviewed By: Kimberley

Review Date: 20/11/2018

Beautiful trails for running (or walking or riding!). You can extend it into an 18km (approx) loop by continuing into Landsborough, into Dularcha National Park and crossing over Tunnel Ridge Road (via Rose Rd and Ford Road). You’ll then double back along the first section you ran. Highly recommend!

Reviewed By: Ange

Review Date: 13/11/2018

I love this walk. I take the kids regularly, they find it easy. Lots of different things to see, it ranges from walking through forests to walking alongside the dam. This is also used as part of a horse trail so be mindful of that. Also lots of people walking their dogs. Lovely walk though.

Reviewed By: Rebecca

Safety

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  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Maintenance and Enquiries

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