What Mountain is that? Spicers Peak

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.