SPICERS GAP DAY WALK 24 MARCH
We have a day walk in the Spicers Gap – Mount Mathieson area of the Main Range National Park planned for Tuesday 24 March. Nevertheless, this activity is subject to the reopening of the Park roads and trails after the bushfires of late 2019.
The focus for the day will be the Dividing Range and the barrier it forms between the coast and the Darling Downs, and the history of transport routes. We may also see how the area is recovering after the bushfires.
We will meet at Aratula, at the Bakehouse near the corner of Elizabeth Street and the Cunningham Highway, at :8:30 am (Parking should be available in Elizabeth Street) and car pool into vehicles with higher clearance for the drive up the Range on Spicers Gap Road to the National Park.
Along the Cunningham Highway past Aratula, remnants of the Mount Edwards Railway embankment are just visible.
First stop will be at the foot of the Dividing Range at the site of the surveyed township of Clumber and we will have a look at copies of maps of the site.
We will then stop at the Pioneer Graves and hotel site before driving to Governors Chair Lookout past Moss’s Well.
Our walk will start from Governors Chair and go up about 1.7 km along the closed section of Spicers Gap Road where we will be able to see the way the road was engineered and built.
Those who wish to can walk a further 6.4 km to complete the Mount Mathieson Trail circuit back to the vehicles. This part to the walk does involve a scramble down one steep, rocky section and shorter scrambles around or over rock outcrops. There are good views of Mount Mitchell, Cunninghams Gap, Mount Cordeaux, and further north along the range.
Those who do not wish to complete the circuit can stroll back down the road to Governors Chair.
Participants will need to bring their own morning tea and lunch, plenty of drinking water, and sunscreen. Footwear will need to be suitable for walking too.
Cost will be $5 for Members and $10 for Non-Members.
Maximum number of participants 12.
Organiser: Bob Reid 0412 6259 44