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Hike Mount Cordeaux, Bare Rock and Morgans Trail, Main Range National Park

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by Cris (subscribe)
I am an Organiser of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More on Meetup. Visit the website at https://www.meetup.com/HikingInSEQLDandMore/ is free to join all the activities posted on the hiking group.
Published April 2nd 2021
Walk on a ancient volcanic peak with unique flora and fauna
Mount Cordeaux is on the north side on top of the Cunningham's Gap, opposite Mount Mitchell. The track ends on a rocky platform just below the main peak with stunning views of the Main Range National Park.

The National park classifies the trail Grade 4, meaning distinctive tracks, surface likely to be rough, with exposed roots and rocks, steps likely to be encountered, fallen trees and trail may be overgrown.

Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk,
People on the top of Mount Cordeaux. In the Background is the peak of Mount Cordeaux. Photo by Author.


There are toilet facilities at the carpark.

You must have some fitness to enjoy the hike and some hiking experience. Ankle supporting footwear strongly recommended.

The length is about 12 km, allow 5 hours, including the morning tea break. The trailhead is at the Crest Carpark on top of Cunningham's Gap.

Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk,
Views from the first lookout on the trail to the summit of Mount Cordeaux. Photo by Author.

"Volcanic activity along Australia's east coast over the last 35 million years which are rich in soil nutrients, ideally suited to the survival of the rainforests."

"You are now standing on the remnants of a volcano that was active some 24 million years ago. The eastern part of the Main Range shield volcano once spread across the Fassifern Valley, probably as far as Mt Maroon, Boonah and even to Ipswich, while the western side of the volcano spread to at least Warwick."-sign on Mount Cordeaux.

The views from Mount Cordeaux are beautiful, in particular, you can see Mount Mitchell.

Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk,
Beautiful views of Mount Mitchell. Well, visible is also the Cunningham Hwy. Photo by Author.


The Xanthorrhoea trees are very common on Mount Cordeaux, more commonly known as the grass trees. They are iconic plants that epitomise the Australian landscape.

Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea
Xanthorroea trees along the trail. Photo by Author.

"Did you know?

Fassifern Valley's peaks began deep beneath the main Range volcano. Composed of different rock types separated from basalt magma at great depths, these peaks were formed as plugs, dykes or sills when magma entered numerous cracks and weaknesses in underlying older rocks, as well as moving up the main vents. As the volcano and some of the underlying rocks were eroded away, any plugs, dykes or sills composed of resistant rocks, particularly those of rhyolite and trachyte, remained as steep peaks."
- from the sign on the trail.

Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea
Hikers of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. Photo by Author.


 Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
An aspect of the trail. Photo by Author.


Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea
View along the trail over Lake Moogerah. Photo by Author.


Once on the top, sit back on the rocky slab at the end of the track, just below the summit. Take in the sweeping views of Mount Mitchell, Spicers Peak, Lizard Point and Mount Roberts. In the east, look for Mounts Greville and French, standing sentinel over the Fassifern Valley, and the high-rise buildings of Brisbane in the distance. To the west, the views stretch across the Darling Downs

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


Depending on the season, there are beautiful flowers along the trail.

Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea
Flowers along the trail. Photo by Author.


Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea
Flowers along the trail. Photo by Author.


Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea
Flowers along the trail. Photo by Author.


Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea
Xerochrysum bracteatum - the Paper Daisy or Golden Everlasting is an erect perennial with thin green leaves and lovely golden yellow papery petals. Photo by Author.


Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
The extraordinary flowers of the Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily. Photo by Author.


Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
Flowers along the trail. This plant is similar to Mother of Herbs. Photo by Author.


Descend from the top and continue to walk to Bare Rock. Follow the sign.

 Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
The sign at the junction between the top of Mount Cordeaux and the trail to Bare Rock. Photo by Author.


 Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
Views from Bare Rock, over the Main Range. Photo by Author.


 Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More at Bare Rock. Photo by Author.


 Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
An aspect of the trail to Bare Rock. Photo by Author.


Bring a medium day backpack with 2.5 litres of water and snacks. You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals. 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!

The days prior the hike make sure to check the weather website, the park alerts and the road conditions.

 Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
Walking in a group on Mount Cordeaux trail. Photo by Author.
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Mount Cordeaux hike is suitable for families and groups. On top, there are cliffs, so make sure to supervise children very closely.

When I arrive on Crest Carpark on top of Cunningham's Gap, what I notice straight away is the coolness of the place. Usually is few degrees less than in the valley.

During my hikes on Mount Cordeaux, I had the possibility to see wildlife, including lyrebirds, carpet pythons, goannas and a few other birds.

Interesting facts: along the trail, there are a couple of fenced shaft mines. Gold was never found on Mount Cordeaux, the shafts are just a memory of the gold fever.


Directions

From Brisbane drive on the Cunningham Hwy. On the Cunningham's Gap, on your right, there is Crest Carpark. Park your car and the trail starts at the board with the information.

There are another two trails at Cunningham's Gap, Mount Mitchell and Gap Creek Falls. Both are great tracks and if you feel energetic after hiking Mount Cordeaux, you can walk either Mount Mitchell or Gap Creek Falls.

Aratula

Aratula Town is about 17 minutes and 20 km from the Cunningham's Gap and there are a few coffee shops and places where to stop and have refreshments.

My favourite place is Arthur Clive's Bakery Cafe, with a great selection of products baked on site.

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.

Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
Arthur Clive's Bakery Cafe - Aratula. Photo fromhttps://www.facebook.com/bakersofaratula/photos/3059436280833575


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

The Aratula Markets is the exclusive stockist of Moffatt Fresh Produce carrot ice-cream and stocks 1kg bags and 500g premium lines of Moffatt Fresh Produce carrots.

The shop stocks meat from the Butcher Co, dairy products from 4Real Milk. 4Real Milk is based in the Scenic Rim, Queensland. and produce high quality, natural dairy products. A proud Australian owned and operated business.

Aratula Markets also has lavender products from Scenic Rim Lavender and offers a wide range of fresh fruit, vegetables and other grocery items from the Scenic Rim, the Granite Belt and beyond.

The Fruit Factory serves fresh food and drinks all day long, in particular, prepares homemade fruit sorbets, thirst-quenching fresh juices and smoothies, decadent homemade cheesecakes, espresso coffee, waffles and crepes.

The Aratula Markets is open from 7am to 6pm, 7 days a week except for Christmas Day.

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

Mount Cordeaux, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Aratula, Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, Main Range National Park, Arthur Clive's Bakery Café, Aratula Markets, Gap Creek Falls, Mount Cordeaux Bare Rock and Morgan Walk, Xerochrysum, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes palmeri, also known as the giant spear lily,
Aratula Markets has great products. Photo by Author.



Reference

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range/journeys/mount-cordeaux-track

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/main-range/journeys/bare-rock-track-and-morgans-walk

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthorrhoea

https://www.facebook.com/bakersofaratula/photos

https://www.4realmilk.com.au/

https://www.visitscenicrim.com.au/eatdrink/cafes/aratula-markets-fruit-factory/

https://www.facebook.com/aratulamarkets/
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