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Mt Edwards at Lake Moogerah

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by Roz Glazebrook (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published July 2nd 2019
Nice mountain to climb
The last time I saw Lake Moogerah was from the rock slabs on Mount Greville. I wrote about that bushwalk here.

Mountain Edwards
Mount Edwards


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.

First stop on way up
First stop on way up


We parked our cars at Fred Haigh Park right on the lake. There are toilets and picnic tables here.

Picnic area Moogerah Dam
Picnic area Moogerah Dam


The track up the mountain starts after you cross the dam wall. There are signs to the track leading up some stone steps. The route is easy to follow all the way to the mountaintop.

Track sign
Track sign


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.

Moogerah dam wall
Moogerah dam wall


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.

Survey marker
Survey marker


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.

On the track
On the track


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.

12 mountains in 12 months teashirts
12 mountains in 12 months teashirts


The mountain was originally named Mount Banister in 1824 by explorer John Oxley. Then in 1828, Alan Cunningham renamed it Mount Edwards after Lieutenant George Edwards.

Coming down mountain
Coming down mountain


There were some nice shady places to rest, have a snack, and admire the views from the top of the mountain. We found the survey marker.

Exploring mountain top
Exploring mountain top


I found Mount Edwards a lot easier walk than Mt Greville. There were beautiful views of Mt Greville across Moogerah dam, which brought back memories of my climb there last year.

Mount Greville from Moogerah Dam
Mount Greville from Moogerah Dam


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.

Rainbow from dam overflow
Rainbow from dam overflow


Rocky track near top of Mt Edwards
Rocky track near top of Mt Edwards

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12 mountains on 12 months is an admirable challenge.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 19 days ago
Great adventure Roz. Lovely photos!
by hdona (score: 2|215) 19 days ago
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