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Day Trip to Cunnighams Gap

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by Niki Franks (subscribe)
I love living in Brisbane and finding fun, new activities to enjoy with my family.
Published June 23rd 2012
About 116km South West of Brisbane, the Cunningham Highway passes through the Great Dividing Range. This area forms part of the Main Range National Park and provides a great day trip out of the city.

We were a bit more organised than usual and left at the crack of dawn. About an hour out of Brisbane on the Cunningham Highway, we took a short detour to Lake Moogerah. The day use area on the shores of the lake has picnic tables and BBQs and is a wonderful stop for breakfast while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Lake Moogerah Picnic Area
Lake Moogerah

From Lake Moogerah, it is a short trip back to the highway, and we soon we start to ascend in to the Great Dividing Range and Main Range National Park. Parking and toilets are available at the start point of several bush walks. Feeling energetic we chose the 12.4 km Bare Rock Track, however there are shorter walks such as the Rainforest Circuit, (1.6 km) and Box Forest Track, (5km).

Our track took us steadily upwards, winding through lush rainforest that is part of the Gondwana Rainforests Of Australia World Heritage Area. A short climb on a side track takes us to the top of Mt Cordeaux, The views of the Fassifern Valley below are spectacular.
Through The Rainforest
Through The Rainforest

View From Mt Courdeaux

From here the walk continues along the mountain ridge to Bare Rock. Unfortunately for us there was quite a bit of cloud cover, but in the gaps the view was breathtaking.
Bare rock
In The Clouds On Bare Rock


After the descent back to the car park, a 5 minute drive further down the road takes us to the day use area, perfect place for use to have a picnic lunch while listening to the chiming call of bellbirds before the drive back to Brisbane.

The Department Of Environment and Resource Management website has information on Main Range National Park, including walks, day use areas and camping options.
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Why? A great day trip out of the city.
Where: Cunninghams Gap
Cost: Free
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