Leader - Steve
Total Distance walked - 9.8k
Ten walkers had braved the inclement weather so we set off with high hopes of a dry walk once we left the mountain. Jeanette and a guest walker, Pat had also joined us for the day. After the arbitrary stop at Aratula, Paul cannot go past the bakers shop here without stopping for a sausage roll, we continued on to the camping area at Spicers Gap for the start of our walk (see the Google Earth track of our walk below).
Mt Mathieson must have had heavy winds in the past few days as there were lots of branches and small trees lying across the track. Unfortunately these were left to the leader to remove, much to the amusement of the following walkers.
We had smoko on a high ridge with sweeping views out to Cunningham’s Gap and further north along the magnificent Main Range National Park. This is a really nice part of the walk as it is through a rocky ridge section before continuing through into the rainforest. With the help of her walking stick Julie managed to take a group photo at the old timber jinker.
Once we reached the old historic road we turned south towards Spicers Gap only to be rudely interrupted by 3 very noisy trail bike riders who had ridden past a “No Trail Bike” sign. Lunch was sitting on the rocky outcrop at Governors Chair looking east over the Fassifern Valley. One of the best views from the Main Range.
After lunch we walked the fire trail back to the car park with a short stop at “Moss’s Well”. We had trouble finding a coffee shop open at Boonah but after walking the main street we found one open.
Another great day of walking - Steve