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Published July 31st 2020
Sit like a Governor for a day in Qld's Scenic Rim
I've recently gone on a few day trips to Boonah and the surrounding areas with family living on the northern Gold Coast. We've found it a nice area for a day trip as Boonah is well serviced with cafes and an IGA, as well as picnic areas and public parks in the surrounding areas.
We've been stopping at Ritchies SUPA IGA Boonah for our picnic supplies - cold drinks and in-store made sushi in several varieties for around $5 - $7. We also grabbed a packet of their delightful in-store made cherry and coconut cookies. For our picnic, we pulled in to Toby Slater Lions Park just off Little High Street on Tourist Drive 16. Sure, it's just off the main road but the picnic tables are set back far enough that the traffic wasn't a problem.
On this particular day trip we happened to cross paths with a Cobb & Co tourist coach - I only luckily snapped a couple of photos off, then we caught up to it on the road after lunch once it has gone around Boonah and we headed toward our next destination.
Cobb and Co Coach Tour driving past Toby Slater Park
On a later day trip, we went to Spicer's Gap and Governor's Chair Lookout at Spicers Gap Road, Clumber QLD 4309 (off Lake Moogerah Road, which is off either one of the Cunningham Highway or Boonah-Fassifern Road). Coming of the Cunningham Highway is more direct, but taking the longer route down Lake Moogerah Road would be more scenic as skirts along Lake Moogerah itself. (Google Maps will show these two routes.) Along Spicer's Gap Road toward the lookout there is a picnic and camping area just inside the national park, and continuing along, the road becomes more forested towards the lookout. It's a further 2 - 3 KM drive (gravel and a bit rough at times) to the lookout.
Finally, at The Governor's Chair Lookout there is an open car park with one picnic table and a path to the lookout proper. It's less than 10 minutes walk but gets a little rocky towards cliff edge. Be careful as it's a steep drop over the lookout. But the view is well worth the trip.