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Height: Approx 1205m

Location: Middle of Main Range National Park

Spicers Peak sits in the middle of the Main Range National Park, about 120km from Brisbane and is one of Queensland’s highest mountains.

Spicers Peak is close to the villages of Yangan and Killarney and is a spectacular double-peaked mountain.

Spicers Peak walk by @wonderfully_wild

The walk to the top of Spicers Peak is said to be a ‘must do’ for ‘peak baggers’. But be warned, it’s not an easy walk and shouldn’t be attempted by anyone who isn’t a competent scrambler.

Similarly the four-day walk from Wilson’s Peak to Spicers Peak is also a classic south-east Queensland walk.

Spicers Peak can be visited as part of a day walk or as part of a through-walk itinerary.

The two main routes are the north-east and north-west ridges. The steep north-east ridge provides the quickest route to the eastern summit but requires extreme care.

The route to the North-East Ridge is steep and very loose in places. It isn’t suitable for people who are nervous about heights and is graded a 3.5 to 4 category walk.

Spicer’s Retreats offers a three-day Spicer’s Trail Walk through this area.

Walking Spicers Peak. Picture by @triantiwontigongolope

The walks leave from the Governor’s Chair carpark, off Spicers Gap Road. If you are not up for a walk but do want to take in the views, there’s a spectacular lookout located about 150m from the carpark. It offers views over the Fassifern Valley.

Allow several hours for the journey between east and west peaks as it is largely rainforest and there are a number of rocky obstacles.

 There’s an easy  walk to the Spicer’s Gap lookout and it’s accessed about 150m from the Spicer’s Gap carpark. It offers views over the Fassifern Valley.

Views from Governor’s Chair. Picture via @daveo_1212

A small, elevated rough campsite is located on the eastern side of Spicers Peak between rainforest and heath, with views east and south. A lesser-used tent site is located just west of the rock cairn. There are no facilities here and campers must be self-sufficient. Open fires are not allowed and food scraps must be carried out.

Vehicle access is via the Governor’s Chair carpark, via Spicers Gap Road.

There is also a camping site on the western side of the peak. It is also a remote area bush camp and offers good views. Access is also via Governors Chair carpark.

The beautiful Spicer’s Peak Lodge.

The mountain was named by Allan Cunningham after Peter Spicer, who was one of the first convict Superintendents at the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. Spicer was said to have noted the peak while searching for escaped convicts.

 In 1827 British botanist Allan Cunningham led his packhorses inland from Sydney for six weeks until he climbed onto the plateau that’s now home to Spicers Peak Lodge.

Spicers Peak is located south of Spicers Gap, which was once the main route between Brisbane and the Darling Downs. The Main Range once served as a barrier to contain the early convict settlement at Moreton Bay.

Local geologist, John Jackson, says Spicers Peak is remnant ‘runny’ lava flows from the unlocated Main Range Shield Volcano.

MT MAROON

Height 964m
Location: Mt Barney National Park

 

Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

Mt Maroon by Jason Charles Hill

Chasing spectacular views and great walking? Look no further than Mt Maroon.

It’s one of seven peaks located in the Mt Barney National Park and is the remains of an ancient Focal Peak Shield volcano which erupted more than 26-million years ago.

With a peak of 964m, Mt Maroon features long columns of rhyolite and offers climbers great challenges. But this isn’t a mountain for the uninitiated.

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Mt Greville

Height: 767-metres

Location: Moogerah Peaks National Park

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Mt Greville is one of four distinct volcanic peaks, located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park.

The four peaks stand like sentinels in the rural landscape.

Mt Greville, at 767m high, is recognisable due to its cone-shape and deeps fissures.

 

Mt Greville was the first of the four peaks to be gazetted as a national park in 1948.

Mt Greville and the Moogerah Peaks National Park are located in what was once beneath the belly of the ancient Main Range volcano, which erupted more than 24million years ago.

The distinctive peaks of the Moogerah Peaks National Park had their origins deep below the volcano.


Moogerah Peaks National Park is located near Lake Moogerah and is accessible via the Cunningham Highway, about 100km south-west of Brisbane. Read more

So, you want to climb a mountain but you don’t know where to start?

Well, the Scenic Rim is just the place to find your feet, given it’s home to more than 70 summits.

A perfect spot to start is in the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park up on the McPherson Range outside Canungra.

CoomeraCircuit.NeerigomindalalaFalls Okay, so you won’t quite be climbing a mountain – you’ll drive up relatively steep and winding country roads to get to the tracks – but those tracks are great for getting some mileage in the legs.

You’ll get the fresh mountain air into your lungs, but Lamington won’t knock the wind out of your sails like a first-time mountain climb will.

Whether you choose to set out from the Binna Burra section or the O’Reilly’s (Green Mountains) section, you’ll have plenty of well-marked tracks to choose from – about 160km of them, in fact.

There is something for everyone, from the smooth, wheelchair-accessible 1.8km Centenary Track at O’Reilly’s to the rock-hopping, creek-crossing 17.4km Coomera Circuit at Binna Burra.

If you really want to build up the strength in your legs, there aren’t many tracks more pleasant (or picturesque) than the Border Track, which is 21.4km each way and links Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s.

Or if you want someone to guide you, local companies like Horizon Guides or International Park Tours can offer you valuable local wisdom on the tracks of Lamington National Park and beyond. Read more