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Mt Mathieson Trail: History and Mountain Views

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published May 31st 2014
All levels of hikes in this historic location
Mt Mathieson in the Main Range National Park has a unique combination of varied terrain, fantastic views and historic sites. A fantastic day out in Brisbane's Scenic Rim.

View from Mt Mathieson trail
View from Mt Mathieson trail


There are several options with this hike, including driving to within 150 metres of Governor's Chair Lookout, doing a 3.2 km return heritage trail hike or doing an 8.1 km circuit that also includes the lookout and heritage trail. This track is rough and there is one short steep section but really work doing.

Twin trees in rainforest section of the hike
Twin trees in rainforest section of the hike


The circuit starts at Spices Gap Camping Area off Spicers Gap Road and I recommend following the track in an anticlockwise manner. There is one section which requires scrambling and my feeling it is easier going up that section than down it. It also means that Governor's Chair, which has the best views, is closer to the end of the hike.

The initial section of the hike will take you through varied terrain and vegetation. You will also get great views of Mt Mitchell.

View of Mt Mitchell, another great hiking location
View of Mt Mitchell, another great hiking location


The heritage trail goes through more open country and you will be walking across an old stone road laid down over hundred years ago before Mt Mathieson become a national park. There is also the remains of an old bullock cart along the trail. Other places along the total circuit include an old well and a settlers grave yard.

Old bullock cart on the Mt Mathieson Heritage Trail
Old bullock cart on the Mt Mathieson Heritage Trail


Governor's chair is a perfect place to stop for lunch and admire the views before taking the last part of the trail back to the car park.

View from Governor's Chair
View from Governor's Chair


Overall this is an amazing and varied trail. It is not too difficult despite having a short steep section and a generally rough trail.
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Why? Interesting and varied hike with historic sections
Where: Mt Mathieson Main Range National Park Tarome QLD 4309
Cost: Free
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