Gold Coast and Scenic Rim national parks

Photo: Robert Ashdown © Qld Govt Bushwalking at Mount French Lake Moogerah C h a r l w o o d R d L a k e M o o g e r a h R d Ganthorpe Rd Mt French Rd Boonah Aratula Mount Alford Mount Edwards section Mount French section A l f o r d R d M o u n t C r o f t b y – L a k e M o o g e r a h R d Teviot Brook T u n s t a l l R d Mount Moon section Creek Reynolds Mount Greville section M o o g e r a h R d D w y e r R i d g e s R d M o o g e r a h R d M o u n t A l f o r d R d C u n n i n g h a m H i g h w a y B o o n a h – R a t h d o w n e y R d Boonah–Fassifern Rd A l f o r d s C k L a k e C a r n e y s C r e e k R d L a k e 1 2 1 To Ipswich To Ipswich To Warwick To Killarney To Rathdowney 3km Scale 0 Rock climbing at Mount French. Photo: © Cameron Semple Explore the mountains, venturing through eucalypt woodland, extremely rare brigalow scrub and dry rainforest featuring hoop pines, vines and slender piccabeen palms. Emerge onto rocky summits with montane heath hugging the craggy outcrops and the wind blowing across your face. Things to do Rock climbing Crack climbing at its best! Chalk up and scale the sheer rock face of world-famous Frog Buttress on Mount French. This is for experienced climbers only! Wildlife spotting Be amazed by the acrobatics of peregrine falcons performing near-vertical dives into the valleys. Colourful finches dart through the grass and goannas cling to the tree trunks around you. Small populations of the rarely-seen black-breasted button- quail live on Mount French. Places to go 1 North cliff track 720m return (15min) Walk to Logans lookout for panoramic views over Fassifern Valley, with the Main Range escarpment to the west and Flinders Peak and beyond to the east. 2 Mee-bor-rum circuit 840m return (25min) Pass through heathland and delight in views of Tamborine, Lamington, Mount Barney and the southern section of Mount French. Highlights • Feel on top of the world looking out over Fassifern Valley, Cunninghams Gap and Mount Barney from lookouts on Mount French. • Soak in the rainbow hues of wildflowers—ruby-red pea flowers, yellow dogwood and creamy Leptospermum colour the springtime landscape atop Mount Greville. Getting there Mount French is 9km west of the turn-off just south of Boonah. Mount Edwards is east of the Cunningham Highway and 9km south of Aratula. Mount Greville is 25km south-west of Boonah via Mount Alford Road or 11km south of Lake Moogerah. Mount Moon is surrounded by private property. Places to camp 1 Frog Buttress camping area Relax in a small grassy area set in open eucalypt forest close to walking tracks. This spot is often booked by international and local rock climbers during the climbing season (April to September). Mount French vehicle camp sites Two vehicle camp sites are available adjacent to the Mount French car park. Toilets, picnic tables and electric barbecues are provided in the picnic area nearby. Moogerah Peaks National Park Marvel at the ancient volcanic peaks of mounts French, Greville, Moon and Edwards, standing sentinel as the remnants of a once-forested Fassifern Valley. Safety The rough trails to the summits of Mounts Edwards and Greville are spectacular but should only be tackled by fit, experienced walkers. 21