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The Steamers

Location: Main Range National Park

The Steamers are iconic rock formations,  said to be the remnants of a thick trachyte lava flow from the Main Range Volcano.

They are found in a rugged and remote section of Main Range National Park and are named for their resemblance to an old steamship with four high protruding peaks – the Stern, Prow, Funnel and Mast.

The Steamers present a challenging trail for experienced hikers and should only be attempted by well-prepared bush walkers equipped with a compass and topographical map of Mt Superbus.

Fit walkers can also find their way in with the help of an experienced guide, like local Teresa Cause from Horizon Guides.

 

The Steamers

The Steamers, by @_danno_29

 

The Steamers are situated within Main Range National Park, which was formed in August 1980 through the amalgamation of a number of national parks reserved along the Main Range dating back to July 1909.

Main Range National Park is in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, and forms part of the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world.

Access is via the Cunningham Highway, about 2.5 hours south-west of Brisbane, and The Steamers can be approached from Teviot Falls or Emu Creek Road in the Southern Downs.

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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.

Height: 836m

Location: Accessed via Waterfall Creek Reserve Camping Ground, Maroon

Mt May is part of Mt Barney National Park, a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area known for its rugged ridges, remote peaks and spectacular wilderness.

The rocky trail, which sits at about 836m, is is recommended for experienced bush walkers with sound navigational skills and a high level of fitness.

Access is via Waterfall Creek Reserve Camping Ground, and hikers on Aussie Bushwalking.com evaluated the climb as ‘hard’ and recommended allowing at least four hours to complete it.

Mt May by @jhk801 via Instagram.

Experienced hikers on Aussie Bushwalking.com reported difficulty finding the start of the Mt May track, and strongly recommend downloading the free GPS track shared by another walker to the site.

They recommended ascending by the northern ridge from the campsite, descending via the southwest ridge and then walking the 4WD road back to the Mt May reserve.

Views from Mt May by @sons_ofadventure via Instagram.

Local Scenic Rim hiker Kate Bennie, who blogs as Sons of Adventure, wrote about her experience hiking Mt May with her family.

In her piece, published in the Queensland Times, Kate described Mt May as an off the beaten track hike, and a trail less travelled.

Mt May views by @kusiabanda via Instagram.

Kate reported stunning views over Lake Maroon, Mt Maroon and Mt Barney – just rewards for a steep and tricky hike.

“Mt May has two summits, and to start we headed straight up out of Waterfall Gully up the northern ridge to the north summit. It’s heart-pumpingly steep and there are no signs or defined track so it can be a bit tricky to find the way at times. The views overlooking Lake Maroon and beyond are stunning as you gain altitude,” she wrote.

“Descending into the saddle involved some rock scrambling and navigation, followed by a steep climb to the second summit. Once on the south summit we could enjoy amazing views from a couple of different positions on the peak. To the north, we looked over the south peak which was framed by Lake Maroon on one side and Mt Maroon the other. To the south we looked to Mt Barney and could appreciate that awe-inspiring mountain from a new vantage point.”

On Run Hike Laugh, one keen, solo hiker described Mt May as an “under-rated” peak and considered it one of the best climbs in south-east Queensland.

In her detailed account, that hiker also reported difficulty finding the start of the track, and urged fellow walkers to bring their navigational skills, a map and compass and plenty of water.

Mt May North Peak by @fotosizigia via Instagram.

Did you Know?

  • Mount May was formed from underground cooling of a molten rock called rhyolite, which is similar to granite.
  • Mount Barney National Park and Mount Lindesay National Park were gazetted as separate parks on September 6, 1947. Mount Barney National Park was extended to include Mount May and Mount Maroon in 1950. Thirty years later, in 1980, the two parks were amalgamated to form the current Mount Barney National Park, named after the park’s highest peak.
  • Mount Barney National Park covers 17,659ha of rugged terrain.

Height: 469m

Location: Accessed via Wyaralong Dam

Mt Joyce is the southern most peak in the Teviot Range, a group of mountains that travels north to Ivory’s Rock.

Mt Joyce is located within the park surrounding Lake Wyaralong and offers facilities for horse riding, mountain biking, watersports and picnics.

Views from Mt Joyce over Lake Wyaralong

The park is located about one hour’s drive south-west of Brisbane and a ridgeline walking trail to Mt Joyce is accessed from the Eastern Trailhead.

Walkers can reach Mt Joyce along a ridgeline trail, which leaves from the Eastern Trailhead and links up with Base Camp within the recreation park. A track from the Western Trailhead also leads to Mt Joyce but the final stages are for foot traffic only.

The park features 40km of multi-use tracks and trails, including a advanced mountain bike trails and great picnic facilities.

Try the mountain bike trails around the Lake.

Mt Joyce and the Wyaralong Dam parklands are located between Boonah and Beaudesert. Picnic facilities, toilets and walking tracks are all available within the park.

There are designated camp sites at the Eastern Trailhead and Mt Joyce Base Camp, with a seven-night limit on stays. No fees are payable. Download this SEQ Water map for detailed information

The Eastern Trailhead is located near the dam wall and provides a chance to view the Wyaralong Dam via a viewing platform. A series of multi-user trails lead west from this trailhead, including access to Mt Joyce.

The Mt Joyce Basecamp campsite is only accessible by trail and includes open camping areas, a toilet, a simple shelter shed and water tanks. Walkers and trail runners could use this site as a base before summiting Mt Joyce.

The Western Trailhead, also known as Lilybrook, caters primarily for horse enthusiasts and features holding paddocks, watering areas and loading ramps. Camping here is for event use only.

Did you Know?

  • Mt Joyce was originally named Kent’s Peak but was later renamed.
  • Mt Joyce is the southern most mountain in the Teviot Range, which stretches north to Ivory’s Rock near Peak Crossing.
  • Mt Joyce is now surround by a recreation park featuring 40km of multi-use trails.

Height: 634m
Location: Accessed via Lake Moogerah

Image by @brentrandallphotography via Instagram.

Image by @brentrandallphotography via Instagram.

Mt Edwards is located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park and is accessed from the Lake Moogerah picnic grounds.
This walk is said to be one of the easiest of the Moogerah peaks.

Image by @genwindley via Instagram

Image by @genwindley via Instagram

The ancient volcanic peaks of Mounts French, Greville, Moon and Edwards are recognised not only for their unique shapes and as favourite bushwalking destinations, but also as remnant habitats of key conservation value within south-east Queensland.

Mount Edwards is a large trachyte plug, which was formed when magma filled vertical pipe-like fissures. 

 

Image by @seq_traveller via Instagram.

Image by @seq_traveller via Instagram.

Mt Edwards is accessed from a track which starts on the opposite side of the dam wall from the Lake Moogerah picnic area.

While there are no formed tracks to the top of Mt Edwards, the route is well-worn. However be advised there are no signs or facilities so you must be self-reliant.
The route can be completed in half a day and is a Class 5 walk.
Picnic and toilet facilities are available at Lake Moogerah. Camping is available at the lake too.

Image by @genwindley via Instagram.

Image by @genwindley via Instagram.

The Moogerah Peaks are mostly covered in open eucalypt forest with montane heath on the exposed rock faces and rainforest in some sheltered areas.

The National Park is located in what was once beneath the belly of a volcano – the ancient Main Range volcano, which erupted some 24 million years ago. The eastern flank of this volcano once spread across the Fassifern Valley. It erupted mainly basalt lavas, which may have been as thick as 1000m near the volcano’s crest.

Image by @alterd_mind via Instagram.

Image by @alterd_mind via Instagram.

The distinct peaks of the Moogerah Peaks National Park had their origins deep below the volcano. Composed of different rock types separated from basalt magma at great depths, they formed as plugs, dykes or sills when magma entered numerous cracks and weaknesses in underlying older rocks, as well as moving up the main vents.

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 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.

What Mountain is that? Mt Walker

Height: 430-metres
Location: Close to Coleyville

Mt Walker by @vikhere

Mt Walker by @vikhere

Mt Walker stands majestically like a monument in the middle of a productive valley, used for farming and rural pursuits.

Mt Walker was originally named Mt Forbes by John Oxley, in honour of Sir Francis Forbes, the Chief Justice of NSW. It later acquired the name Mt Walker, a name thought to be inspired by a shepherd from the Franklyn Vale pastoral station.

The mountain is identified by the telecommunications, electricity and RAAF towers sit at the top.

Mt Walker is situated on private property and access is not available, however it can be seen and enjoyed from afar as you take a scenic drive through this part of the region.

Mt Walker by @craigmcphilips

Mt Walker by @craigmcphilips

The mountain once housed native stands of hoop pine and the surrounding land attracted timber getters in the late 1800s.

These days, during December and January you’ll find paddocks of sunflowers in bloom, adding a shot of colour to the landscape.

Sunflowers by Gail's Photography

Sunflowers by Gail Bryant Photography

Picnic and barbecue facilities, toilets and water are available nearby at the Warrill View Rest Area, located on the Cunningham Highway, just south of Warrill View village. This rest area is suitable for caravans; however it is a day-use area only.

Take the Rosewood-Warrill View Rd and enjoy the expansive scenery. This drive eventually arrives at Aratula via Rosevale and Tarome.

Mount Lindesay

Height 1175m
Location: Mount Barney National Park

Mt Lindesay is a spectacular peak, situated on the Queensland-New South Wales border, about 140km west of Brisbane.

It’s one of a number of peaks in the McPherson Range and is distinctive due to its tiered summit, formed by the eroded remnants of lava flows from the nearby Focal Shield volcano.

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Mt Lindesay

Locals say it looks like a wedding cake.

Mt Lindesay is a peak best admired from afar. There are no designated walking or climbing tracks and it is only suited to people with extensive rock and mountain climbing experience.

Much of the peak is covered in dense rainforest and the summit is often hidden in cloud and mist.

The closest town to Mt Lindesay is Rathdowney, however the peak can be seen from Woodenbong and Kyogle as well.

The Mt Lindesay Highway travels to the western side of Mt Lindesay.

There are few opportunities for rock climbers due to the unsound nature of the decaying rhyolite. There is one steep, exposed scrambling route to the summit but is said to be a grade 6-7 climb, starting at the south-east corner of the upper cliffs.

Mt Lindesay

Mt Lindesay

Mt Lindesay has been part of a successful native title claim made by the Githabul people, for whom the peak holds special significance.

Mt Lindesay was originally named Mt Hooker by Allan Cunningham in July 1828, after University of Glasgow Regius Professor of Botany, WJ Hooker.

The first recorded ascent of Mt Lindesay by Europeans was made in May 1872 by Thomas de Montmorency Murray-Prior and Phillip Walter Pears.

Scenic Rim's Mount Lindesay

Look out for Mt Lindesay’s distinctive peak on your next Scenic Rim adventure

Mt Lindesay (left) forming part of the Scenic Rim landscape

Mt Lindesay (left) forming part of the Scenic Rim landscape

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

Mt Barney

Height: 1359-metres

Location: Mt Barney National Park

Mt Barney, at 1359m, is QLD’s 4th highest mountain and one of the state’s most spectacular mountains. and is a mecca for experienced bushwalkers and climbers.

It’s part of the McPherson Range and presents walkers with some formidable challenges and is no place for novice walkers.

Mt Barney by Lachie Zettl.

Mt Barney by Lachie Zettl.

 

 

Mt Barney is situated within the Mt Barney National Park, which was established in 1947 to protect the natural habitat on and around the mountain.

Mt Barney is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and the national park is one of the largest areas of undisturbed natural vegetation remaining in south-east Queensland.

Access is via the Mt Lindesay Highway, about 120km south-west of Brisbane.

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Mt Cordeaux is one of several mountains located within the 29,730ha Main Range National Park and during spring the cliff face is covered with incredible giant spear lillies.

mt french scenic rimThe Scenic Rim is a region of stunning natural beauty and imposing mountain ranges.

As you make your way through the region you’ll notice the landscape is dominated by mountains. Tourism pioneer Arthur Groom, once described the Scenic Rim as being ‘one mountain after another’.

And it is. Visitors often ask, ‘What mountain is that?’

Let us introduce you to one of our favourite Scenic Rim mountains – Mt French.

Mt French is 579m above sea level and is located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park.

  • Mt French is home to one of the Scenic Rim’s most popular rock climbing spots – Frog Buttress. It’s located on the north-west side of Mt French and is formed by rhyolite columns and has 400 documented routes.
  • Lookouts are accessible by sealed road and visitors will enjoy expansive views across the Fassifern Valley to the Main Range escarpment and to Flinder’s View.
  • Captain Patrick Logan named Mt French in recognition of Governor Darling’s son-in-law and his place of birth.
  • Mt French is about 100km west of Brisbane and is close tot he towns of Boonah, Aratula and Kalbar
  • Mt French is home to two of the region’s most accessible walks. The North Cliff Track is 720m return and leads to Logan’s Lookout with excellent views over the Fassifern Valley to the Main Range Escarpment.
  • Picnic tables, BBQs, toilets, and water are provided at Mt French.
  • Local geologist John Jackson describes Mt French as a complex sill of ‘sticky’ magma, exhibiting columnar cooling joints. The white rhyolite sill was formed when magma was forced between horizontal layers of sedimentary rock. These layers were eroded over millions of years to leave a plateau surrounded on most sides by cliffs.
  • The two peaks of Mt French are known as ‘Punchagin’ (southern peak) and Mee-bor-rum (northern peak)