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The McPherson Range is an extensive mountain range, a spur of the Great Dividing Rangemarker, heading in an easterly direction from near Wallangarramarker to the Pacific Oceanmarker coastline. It forms part of the Scenic Rim on the border between the states of New South Walesmarker and Queenslandmarker. Further west of the McPherson Range is the Main Rangemarker. Towards the coast the range continues into the Border Ranges and other mountainous terrain formed by the Tweed Volcano.


Wilsons Peak is considered to be the intersection of the Great Divide and the McPherson Range. There are five waterfalls in this part of the range including Teviot Falls, Queen Mary Falls, Dagg's Falls, Brown’s Falls and Upper Brown’s Falls. Other notable mountains in the range include Mount Lindesay and Mount Barneymarker.

The range is an area of significant scenic beauty and contains a multitude of National Parks, including Mount Barney National Parkmarker, Border Ranges National Parkmarker and Lamington National Parkmarker amongst others which possess World Heritage listing, as the Gondwana Rainforests of Australiamarker.

The Brisbanemarker-Sydneymarker railway line and the Lions Road passes over the range at Richmond Gap, as does the Mount Lindesay Highway and the Nerang-Murwillumbahmarker Road. A third passage through Teviot Gap, provides a road route between Boonah and Killarneymarker near Wilson's Peak.


The ranges were first explored by white settlers in 1828 by a party headed by Allan Cunningham and Patrick Logan while searching for a route to the Darling Downs from the newly established Moreton Baymarker penal colony.

The McPherson Range was the location of the Stinson airliner crash which went missing on a flight between Brisbane and Sydney in 1937. Alfonso Bernard O'Reilly, a local farmer trekked through thick forests and rugged terrain to discover the wreck and two emaciated, badly injured survivors, nine days after the crash.

Flora and fauna

The sub-tropical rainforest on the range has never been damaged by severe bushfires and contains more than 20 species of rock and tree orchids.

The Stream Lily is a perennial plant found along creeks and gullies of the range. The extinct fern species Antrophyum austroqueenslandicum may still exist in unsurveyed parts of the range.

The unique Lamington Spiny Crayfish colours has evolved with white in New South Wales valleys and blue crayfish in Queensland's section of the range.

See also


  1. Rankin, Robert. (1992) Secrets of the Scenic Rim. Rankin Publishers ISBN 0-9592418-3-3

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