I'm Anna - a full time worker and keen adventurer who loves to explore and make the most of what life has to offer. My partner and I enjoy spending our weekends in the great outdoors and getting off the beaten track.
Published August 11th 2017
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
What better way to spend a chilly winter morning than to get outdoors and climb a mountain? In fact, one might argue that winter is indeed the best time to climb a mountain as the cool, crisp air makes hiking seem more achievable in comparison to doing the same walk on a hot summer's day.
Mount Cordeaux is situated to the north of Cunninghams Gap in the Main Range National Park. Located just over an hour south west of Brisbane, it is within easy reach for a day trip. Forming part of the northern ridge of Cunningham's Gap approximately 996m above sea level, Mount Cordeaux provides impressive views over the south including the Moogerah Peaks and Mount Barney. If this isn't enough, Main Range National Park is included in the Godwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area which guarantees it will be absolutely amazing!
The 6.8km track to the summit begins at the car park of Cunninghams Gap and although classified as a grade 4 walk, is not too challenging and suitable for most fitness levels. You'll find yourself on a gradual incline as the track zig-zags its way through the rainforest before reaching the cliff face at the top. Take extra care here, as there are no barriers along the sheer cliff edges.
Once at the summit, you'll be rewarded with a bird's eye views of the rugged landscape. Pack yourself a picnic or a hot coffee with biscuits and soak up the morning sun whilst you sit on the rocky outcrops enjoying the scenic views.
If you've still got the energy, you can opt to extend your walk to Bare Rock/Morgan's walk which detours west from the peak of Mount Cordeaux and will add roughly another 6kms onto your hike. We decided not to continue on, as there was a picnic bag full of delicious treats waiting for us in the car. We continued driving 5 minutes further down the road to the West Gap Picnic Area.