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Mt Beau Brummel

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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 October 5th 2021
A mountain with fantastic views
Mt Beau Brummel
Mt Beau Brummel


We were supposed to climb Mt Beau Brummel in August but that trip was postponed because of a COVID lockdown. I finally got to do it recently. The weather forecast was very hot and I almost withdrew from the walk, but I am glad I didn't pull out.

Climbing up
Climbing up


Mt Beau Brummel is a prominent mountain in the Little Liverpool Range southwest of Ipswich. The 667m mountain is part of a Conservation Park, East of Thornton.

Nice Views
Nice views


It is on private property and you do need special permission to climb the mountain from Ipswich City Council and the Queensland Trust for Nature. Thornton is a mountainous area bounded to the west by the ridge of the Mistake Mountains range and to the east by the ridge of the Little Liverpool Range. Laidley Creek passes through the valley from south to north between the two mountain ranges.



The Queensland Trust for Nature works across Queensland's diverse bioregions with targeted strategies for effective conservation and improved biodiversity. Queensland has 13 bioregions, from coast to desert and tropics to cool southern highlands. The organisation focuses on ecologically significant spaces, species and wildlife corridors across these bioregions for maximum impact working on private, public, QTFN owned and Traditional Owners' land.

Nice bush
Nice bush


The future of natural habitat in the Little Liverpool Range has been assured through a collaborative partnership between key landowners including the Turner Family to create the Little Liverpool Range Initiative. The Initiative has been built on a strong partnership between the Turner Family Foundation, Queensland Trust for Nature and the Ipswich City Council with the common goal of conservation.

Views from top of mountain
View from top of mountain


This partnership delivers natural connectivity between Mount Grandchester Conservation Estate, Hidden Vale Nature Refuge and Mount Beau Brummell Conservation Park.

Little Liverpool Range provides a link between Main Range National Park and the Great Eastern Ranges. The range has been identified as an important wildlife corridor, heavily vegetated and home to significant animal species including the Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Powerful Owl, Brush-tailed Rock-Wallaby and Little Pied Bat.

More grass trees
More grass trees


Our bushwalking group had to sign individual indemnity forms before being able to enter the area.

I'm not sure how the mountain got its name but Beau Brummell was an important figure in Regency England famous for men's fashion. I think I read somewhere that it was named by explorer Alan Cunningham, but that may be wrong. The mountain has twin peaks with outstanding views in all directions.

Lovely view
Lovely view


There were ten of us on the walk. The first part of the walk involved walking up a dirt road. It was very hot and dry. After a few hills, the track led off up the side of a ridge towards the summit of the mountain. We had a few breaks along the way. There were wonderful views as we climbed higher and the terrain was very interesting as we walked through lots of grass trees.

There were lots of insects on the mountaintop all over the plants. I managed to get some photos and posted them on an Australian insect identification page and found out they were soldier beetles (Chauliognathus lugubris). We saw lots of kangaroos, but no other wildlife.

Soldier beetles
Soldier beetles


Soldier beetles
Soldier beetles


The beetles were very pretty but some gardeners consider them to be pests. Their common names are plague soldier beetle, green soldier beetle or banana bugs. They are native to Australia.

Up and up
Up and up


There were some interesting old structures on the mountaintop. I'm not sure what they were. Some readers may know. They could have been weather radars?

Structure on mountain top
Structure on mountain top


After walking down the side of the mountain, we came to a beautiful gully full of flowering giant spear lilies. I had only seen them once before on Mt Cordeaux in the Main Range at Cunningham Gap.

Giant Spear Lillies
Giant Spear Lillies


After a lunch break on the way down, we got back to the cars around 2pm and headed off to Porters Plainland Hotel, which is an icon on the Warrego Highway for drinks and snacks.

Heading down
Heading down


It was a great day out. Our walk was only 9.27 kilometres long with 513 elevation gain, but it felt longer. There was one area where we had to bush bash through some lantana and wait a while so we got some scratches. Luckily, I didn't see any Gympie stinging trees.

Through grass trees
Through grass trees


Starting out
Starting out
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Why? An interesting mountain
When: Anytime, but permission required
Where: Mt Beau Brummell
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It sounds like a bit of a trek for a hot day. I was interested to read about the bioregions, I wasn't aware that work was being done but I'm pleased that it is.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9187) 10 days ago
I love the close up of those very busy soldier beetles. Glad you got to do the walk after the delay.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3260) 10 days ago
Hi Motch. Yes, it is a beautiful mountain. Maybe when you did it, you didn't need permission. I think because it is now part of the Qld Trust for Nature Program we had to do indemnity and release forms for that organisation
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 2|776) 10 days ago
I did this one alone 4 years ago. Local landowner I spoke to did not mention the special approvals needed and she was very helpful with directions. The photos bring back fond memories of the hike.
by motch (score: 2|120) 10 days ago
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