A few weeks ago, I returned to the area to climb Mount Edwards. We left Brisbane early on Sunday morning and drove to Aratula and turned off towards Moogerah dam, where the walk began. It is 100 kilometres south west of Brisbane, seventeen kilometres from Boonah, and 9 kilometres south of Aratula on the Cunningham Highway.
About a third of the way up, you come to some rocks where there are lovely views of the surrounding countryside and views of Little Mount Edwards. Two of our group decided to wait at this spot. One was recovering from the flu and the other one was feeling dizzy and decided not to go any higher.
The rest of us walked on steadily till we reached the top. I was pleased when the track flattened out close to the top. The rest of the way was steeply up. We had a few rest stops on the way, mainly to take off jackets and thermals as it was a cold morning when we started our walk.
This mountain was another one in our series of twelve mountains in twelve months. Only two people were wearing their tea shirts. I completely forgot to wear mine as I had been away and missed some of the other mountains in the series. I wrote about the series here.
Mt Edwards is 632 m high, but the walk starts at about 150 m elevation. The mountain is a conical shaped volcanic peak. The hike to the summit is approximately 6km (and 3-3.5 hours) return. The track is fairly rough in parts and some bits were fairly steep. It was a popular mountain and we met lots of other people of all ages on the way up and down. There are warning signs about sheer cliffs and slippery rocks after rain, so people do need to be careful, and especially supervise children.
The other mountains in this area are Mount French, Mount Moon and Mount Greville. They are all part of the Scenic Rim Mountains. Mount Edwards is part of the Moogerah Peaks National Park, which was gazetted in 1966.
The dam wall gates are only open between 6am and 6pm, so you need to be up and down the mountain within these hours.
The whole area around Moogerah dam is very beautiful. It would be a lovely place to camp, kayak, canoe and bushwalk. We saw a gorgeous rainbow on the water gushing over the dam as we arrived back on the dam wall.