Get to the top of the world by way of Mt Mitchell Walking Tr
Once again Cunninghams Gap, part of the Main Range National Park's World Heritage area, calls to you. Here you discover the Mt. Mitchell walking track, the fact that it is located on a volcanic mountain and was named after the surveyor-general of the day, Thomas Mitchell. It is also part of the Gondwana Rainforests that encompassed Australia, South America and Antarctica when we were all connected many years ago.
It is hard to get enough of this versatile and vast area.
This track takes about 3.5 hours to walk the 10 kilometres. The brilliant design of this track leads you all the way around the mountain, with views everywhere. The rewards are substantial and numerous. It does take a lot of energy though, so a word to the wise.
Start with a good breakfast, be well hydrated and leave your flip flops in the car. Take a pack with some snacks, water, sunscreen, your hat and you will be good to go.
Be careful crossing the highway then follow the signs into the forest where the track takes you gradually uphill.
As you meander along the path take note of the ever changing forest. The rainforest winds around a curve lined with ferns, vines, figs. Another corner and a seamless entry delivers you into the drier portion of the forest. The temperature changes for the warmer, eucalypts, grass trees, leafy green plants and bushes, small flowers and varying grasses line the path and hillside. Around another corner you pass lichen and moss covered rocks, downed trees, shaded areas and the temperature dips.
[ADVERT]Lake Moogerah, the Fassifern Valley, several peaks, and on a clear day apparently the towering heights of Brisbane's tallest buildings can be seen. It gets better the higher you climb. It may take you longer than you think because you are going to want to capture that view, several times, in different directions, hoping for that idyllic shot.
It is easy to walk, not too much rubble, grassy, soft on the feet, steadily going upwards. However, you are walking close to some pretty steep slopes. Take your time, stop, look around and wind your way up carefully.
You will come across areas of erosion, places where, once again, Mother Nature has made it pretty clear who is boss out here. Volcanic rock, empty waterfalls and scree can be seen on this track as well.
Still walking, you will begin to wonder if you are ever going to reach the top. There are stairs here and there, more at the top and you begin to think you may never get there. Make sure you keep going for it is so worth getting there to be on top of the world and the Mt. Mitchell track.