WHAT MOUNTAIN IS THAT – MT MITCHELL

What mountain is that? Mt Mitchell

Height: 1162m
Location: Main Range National Park

Mt Mitchell views. Image courtesy TEQ

Mt Mitchell views. Image courtesy TEQ

Mount Mitchell is a twin-peaked volcanic mountain, located immediately south of Cunninghams Gap.

It was named after Surveyor-General Thomas Mitchell and on a clear day you’ll see the Brisbane city skyline.

Mt Mitchell is popular with walkers and boasts an accessible 5km trail to the main summit, offering fabulous views.

The  grade four walk to the peak of Mt Mitchell begins on the southern side of the Cunningham Highway. Take care when crossing the highway and follow signs at pedestrian exit points.

If you’d like some local’s knowledge on your walk, the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers Walk explores Mt Mitchell on the first day of their tour.

The narrow escarpment of Mt Mitchell captured by @charlesbalcon.

The narrow escarpment of Mt Mitchell captured by @charlesbalcon.

Mt Mitchell is one of a number of mountains located in the Main Range National Park and is the said to have been formed by remnant lava flows from the unlocated Main Range Shield Volcano.

Main Range National Park covers 29,730ha of land and includes Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area.

The Main Range Shield Volcano once spread across the Fassifern Valley, probably as far as Mt Maroon, Boonah and even Ipswich, and west to Warwick.

Mt Mitchell captured by @kersplashhh

Mt Mitchell captured by @kersplashhh

Prolonged erosion over 20-million years has removed mainly the eastern side of the volcano.

The relatively steep gradients and greater erosive power of the eastwards-flowing streams rapidly eroded the volcanic lava to create a retreating escarpment, exposing intrusive plugs and dykes beneath.

In contrast the gentler western valleys and ridges have remained behind the escarpment’ to form today’s Main Range.