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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 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 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.
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.
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!