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Mount Edwards Hike, Moogerah Peaks National Park

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Published March 31st 2021
Great hike in the Moogerah Peak National Park
Steep summit trail will get your heart pumping! You start at about 150 m above sea level and in a bit more than 3 km, you reach the top at 634 m, with almost 500 m gain.

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The picturesque view over Lake Moogerah, in the background is Mount Greville. Photo by Author.


Mount Edwards is located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park, near Lake Moogerah. Mounts Edwards, French, Greville and Moon are ancient volcanic peaks and are important habitats for the conservation of flora and fauna.

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Lake Moogerah reflecting the sky on a autumn day. Photo by Author.


The National Park classifies the track Grade 5, meaning is very steep, rough and not many signs are provided. You need to have a good level of fitness, hiking experience and navigational skills or a GPS tracking application. Ankle supporting footwear strongly recommended.

The trail is 6.5 km return, very steep, allow 3.5 hours.

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Trees blooming around Moogerah Dam. Photo by Author.


Mt Edwards trail is accessible from Lake Moogerah, walk across the dam wall to the park entrance. Please consider that the dam gate may close in the evening at 6:00pm.

There is lots of car parking space in Lake Moogerah picnic area. The picnic area is located in Fred Haigh Park.

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Cross the dam wall to start the hike. Photo by Author.


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Lake Moogerah picnic area in summer with beautiful Poinciana. Photo by Author.


Directions: the carpark of Lake Moogerah is at Lake Moogerah Picnic Area, Lake Moogerah Qld 4309.

From Brisbane drive onto the Cunningham Hwy, just before Aratula, turn left onto Morwincha Rd, turn right onto Moogerah Rd and right onto Moogerah connection Rd.

When driving in the Fessifern Valley, you can see the shape of Mount Edwards.

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Mount Edwards seen from a road. Photo by Author.


Bring a medium day backpack with 1.5 litres of water and snacks. Long sleeves and long trousers are preferable.

Put in your backpack first aid kit, insect repellent in form of cream, please avoid the spray since the aerosol created during the spraying is going to spread in the environment. Pack a raincoat, torch, tissues and phone.

During summer you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration.

Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!

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Two hikers on the trail to the summit of Mount Edwards. Photo by Author.


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The trail is rocky in some sections. Photo by Author.


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Rocky platform on the way to the summit. From here, there are the best views of Little Edwards and Reynolds Creek. Photo by Author.


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View of Little Edwards from the trail to the summit of Mount Edwards.


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An aspect of the trail. Photo by Author.


On the summit, the lookout has extensive views to the north over the Fassifern Valley.

Take care on the top near the lookout - there are sheer cliffs and slippery rocks, particularly after rain.

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Views over the Fassifern Valley from the summit of Mount Edwards. Photo by Author.


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Group Hiking South East Qld and More on top of Mount Edwards. Photo by Author.


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Cage fungi. Photo by Author.


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Flowers along the trail. Photo by Author.


After the hike, there are a few options to have refreshments.

Lake Moogerah picnic area is a great spot for picnics and celebrations.

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Group of hikers enjoying a picnic after the hike. Photo by Author.


The Dam Cafe has a very good menu of hot drinks and food.

The Dam Cafe is at 144 Moogerah Connection Rd, Moogerah QLD 4309, near the carpark.

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Enjoy hot drinks and food at the Dam Cafe. Photo by Author.


Aratula Town is 9 minutes away, a 9 km drive from lake Moogerah and has many awesome options for food and drinks.

In Aratula, Arthur Clive's Family Bakehouse is proudly locally owned by the Pennell Family, who have been baking in the Scenic Rim and surrounds since 1936.

Arthur Clive's Bakery Cafe is at 6746 Cunningham Hwy, Aratula QLD 4309.

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Good old fashioned cream buns and finger buns. Photo fromhttps://www.facebook.com/bakersofaratula/photos/a.227529420690956/3075692499207953


Near the bakery is Aratula Markets shop. Here you can find a great variety of goods from local produce, cakes, drinks and plants to enrich your garden.

Aratula Markets shop is at 6744 Cunningham Hwy, Aratula QLD 4309.

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Fresh produce. Photo fromhttps://www.facebook.com/aratulamarkets/photos/2260117550762381


Lake Moogerah is popular for recreational boating and water skiing. There are lots of turtles floating on the water - you can watch them especially from the dam wall.

Moogerah Dam is located on Reynolds Creek near Boonah and was completed in 1961. Water from the dam is used for irrigation along Reynolds Creek and also supplies water to Warrill Creek and Warrill Valley farmers through a series of diversions.

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Turtle floating on the water. Photo by Author.


Driving back to Brisbane, I love stopping along the Cunningham Hwy at Willowbank. Just opposite Willowbank Caravan Park, there is a Canberra Bomber.

If you keep driving on Coopers Rd, there is another Canberra Bomber in a field.

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Canberra Bomber at Willowbank. Photo by Author.



References:

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/moogerah-peaks/about
www.facebook.com/aratulamarkets/photos
www.facebook.com/bakersofaratula
www.seqwater.com.au/dams/moogerah
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