Mount Maroon

Mount Maroon is a mountain in South East Queensland that is part of the McPherson Range. The mountain rises to 966 m (3,169 ft) above sea level about 12 km west of Rathdowney.

Mount Maroon
Mount Maroon
Highest point
Elevation966 m (3,169 ft)
Coordinates28°12′59″S 152°43′59″E
Mount Maroon
Parent rangeMcPherson Range

The original indigenous name for the mountain is Wahlmoorum which means sand goanna in the Yuggera language.[1] Another aboriginal name documented for the mountain is Dahl-moor-uhn, which means "big fellow waterhole bunyip" attributed to two small yet deep lagoons, on the summit of the mountain.[2] The earliest photograph of the lagoons are from 1910.[3] The current name for the mountain comes from the first grazing property in the area called Maroon.[4]

Mount Maroon consists mainly of rhyolite and has its geological origins in the cooling of molten rock beneath the surface.[1]

The mountain was first gazetted in 1938 as Mount Maroon National Park.[4] In 1950, Mount Barney National Park was extended to include Mount Maroon and nearby Mount May.[5] The mountain contains areas of montane heath vegetation, rocky pavement and mallee ash shrublands.[1][5]

Three rock climbers had to be rescued from the mountain in 2002.[6] In early 2008 a bull mastiff named Diff made headlines when it slipped over a ledge and had to be rescued via helicopter.[7] The dog, which was not permitted to be in the national park, led rescuers (by its barking) to two men who were stranded on a steep cliff ledge when trying to rescue the dog.

See also


  1. Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland). "Mount Barney: Nature, culture and history". The State of Queensland. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  2. "THE MAROON DISTRICT". The Brisbane Courier (16, 406). Queensland, Australia. 11 August 1910. p. 13. Retrieved 19 May 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "MAROON". The Queenslander (2315). Queensland, Australia. 23 July 1910. p. 24. Retrieved 19 May 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  4. Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  5. Mount Barney National Park: Visitor Information[brochure]. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. 2001. Environmental Protection Agency.
  6. "Rock climbers winched to safety". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 September 2002. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  7. "Diff the dog safe and sound". The Age. The Age Company Ltd. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2009.

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