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Mount Greville Hike, Moogerah Peaks National Park

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by Cris (subscribe)
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Published June 5th 2021
A hike on an ancient volcano peak
Mount Greville is an ancient volcanic peak in Moogerah Peaks National Park, together with Mount Edwards, Mount Moon and Mount French. Mount Greville stands tall in front of Lake Moogerah.

Mount Greville features rocky faces, forested ridges and rugged terrains. In particular, it has deep, narrow beautiful gorges, named Palm Gorge and Waterfall Gorge. The trails to ascend and descend the mountains are located in the gorges.

Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Mount Greville as seen from Lake Moogerah. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville hike is classified hard, due to the rugged terrain, the steepness of the trail and the rocky cliffs. The summit has exposed, steep rocky sections, narrow ridges and vertical cliff edges. There is limited signage on the trail, so take care about falling or rolling rocks.

The summit route trails are not contemplated by the National Park. This means the trail is not regularly maintained and there a few directional signs. The trail subsists because the hikers follow the same trail, creating a clear footpath in most of the sections.

Hikers must be well prepared and have a reasonable level of fitness and bush navigational skill. Allow six hours for the hike. The trail starts at Mount Greville carpark, just off Mount Greville Rd. Mount Greville is 767 metres high and the total climb is 610 metres. The trail is about 5 km long, allow about 6 hours.

Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Directional sign. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Going up the rugged trail. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Crossing the creek. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
The hikers of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More going up the narrow Waterfall Gorge. Photo by Author.


Waterfall Gorge has Piccabeen palm and it is close on both side by vertical walls of rock. There is a faint food pad to follow in the Gorge.

Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Waterfall Gorge has Piccabeen palms and big boulders. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Climb up the rocks is fun! Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
At higher altitudes the Piccabeen palm disappear and there is a forest. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Still going up Waterfall Gorge. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Hikers in proximity of the Slab Rock. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville is great to hike in any time of the year since the gorges and the forest provides shelter from the sun. The best hiking season is autumn, winter and spring. In particular, in the month of May, the Xanthorrhoea trees bear their flowers on long spikes. There are lots of bugs humming around the flowers, including native bees.

Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
Xanthorrhoea is a genus of about 30 species of flowering plants endemic to Australia. Species are known by the name grass tree. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Praying mantis on the flowers of the Xanthorrhoea. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
View of Lake Moogerah from the lookout on Mount Greville. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
Views from Mount Greville Lookout. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
Mount Maroon in the background. Mount Maroon is a mountain in Mount Barney National Park, located south east of Mount Greville. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
Enjoying the views over Lake Moogerah. Photo by Author.




Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Traversing to the west to reach the top. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Views of Mount Moon on south east of Mount Greville. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
The trail continue on a rocky section with little vegetation. View of Mount Moon. Photo by Author.


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Hikers crossing the rocky section. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Flowers along the trail. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Hikers on the summit of Mount Greville. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
The summit of Mount Greville is marked with a cairn. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Descending from the summit via Palm Gorge. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah,
Hiking in Palm Gorge. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
Spider along the trail. Photo by Author.

Directions

From Brisbane City take the Western Fwy, turn right on the Ipswich Mwy and follow the course of the road that becomes the Cunningham Hwy. Pass through Aratula Township and after a few km turn left on Lake Moogerah Rd. Turn right onto Mount Greville Rd and after two minutes, you arrive at the carpark that is on your right. The carpark is not very big - if you hike in a group carpool in Aratula to reduce the number of cars.

What to bring

Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeve, light raincoat, very recommended hiking ankle supportive boots, first aid kit, insect repellent (it works for leeches; give preference to cream or roll-on that are more environmentally friendly than the spray), sunscreen, gloves, walking poles if you like to use them; socks protectors or gaiters.

Consider packing some extra clothes and leave them in the car. Pack some clean footwear and socks. For this hike, consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the bush.

Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 4.0 litres of water and snacks. During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration.

You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.

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

The days prior to the hike make sure to check:

Weather website www.bom.gov.au

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

Road conditions https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au


After the hike, there are a few options for coffee and refreshments.

Arthur Clive's Bakery Cafe in Aratula has pies and sweet pastries and lovely hot drinks. The bakery is located at 6746 Cunningham Hwy, Aratula QLD 4309.

Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
Aratula Bakery. Photo by Author.


Aratula Markets have different options of food and specialises in freshly squeezed fruits juices and cakes. The shop is located at 6744 Cunningham Hwy, Aratula QLD 4309.

Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
Aratula Market. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville carpark is about 17 minutes drive to Aratula, about 18 km.

Otherwise, you can drive to the Dam Cafe. It has a lovely outdoor area. The Dam Cafe is about 13 minutes drive, 13 km, from Mount Greville carpark.

The road back to the Cunningham Hwy is a scenic drive.

Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
Landscape around Mount Greville. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree, Aratula, Aratula Bakery, Dam Cafe on Lake Moogerah,
Certainly a very Instagram mail box. Photo by Author.


Mount Greville, Moogerah Peaks National Park, Mt Edwards, Mount French, Mount Moon, Aratula Township, Lake Moogerah, The Dam Cafe at Lake Moogerah, Xanthorrhoea Tree
The Canberra Bomber along the Cunningham Hwy. Photo by Author.


Reference

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/moogerah-peaks
www.bushheritage.org.au/species/grass-trees
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Where: The hike starts at Mount Greville carpark, just off Mount Greville Rd
Your Comment
Another beaut hike Cris. I'll enjoy this one from my armchair as the rock climbing is best left to you young ones. Although Clive's Bakery Café would be a nice destination.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|2610) 14 days ago
The hike looks hard, the food looks good :)
Nice article and photos again, good to be able to appreciate the scenery and the walk/climb. Thanks. Cheers
by telor (score: 1|82) 14 days ago
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