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Day Trip to Boonah and Spicers Gap

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by Anthony Carrick (subscribe)
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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.
Toby Slater Park (Google Street View)
Toby Slater Park (Google Street View)

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
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.

The path toward Governor's Chair Lookout
The path toward Governor's Chair Lookout

The view from Governor's Chair itself and the interpretive sign about him.
The view from Governor's Chair itself and the interpretive sign about him.

At this lookout area, there are also the remains of the historical part of Spicer's Gap Road which is now closed to vehicles but open to hikers.
Conservation Park at Spicers Gap Road
Conservation Park at Spicers Gap Conservation Park Road Spicers Gap

Spicer's Gap Road is unpaved (even before the campground) and steep in parts, but should be OK for cars with careful driving in good weather.
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Why? Outdoors
When: Day time is safest
Where: Spicers Gap Rd, Clumber QLD 4309
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I really like Boonah and the surrounding area. Nice day trip from Brisbane.
by May Cross (score: 3|8202) 792 days ago
My type of outing Anthony. Relative easy and a lot to see and enjoy. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4390) 794 days ago
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