Microadventures: Mount Mitchell
In our new microadventure series, we explore activities you can do on the weekend or even in just a few hours to reconnect with nature and the outdoors. First up, outdoor photographer Bec Boots hikes up Mount Mitchell near Brisbane for us.
Main Range National Park, Tregony Queensland
How to get there:
Roughly 100km West of Brisbane, take the Cunningham Highway through to Cunningham's Gap (allow 1hr 30mins travel time). There is car parking on the right-hand side which is situated between two mountains (one being Mt. Mitchell and the other Mt. Cordeaux). Take care, as once parked you will need to cross the road to enter the start of the trail!
How long does it take:
Allow 3.5 - 4 hours return. This time is based on an easy pace and includes time spent at the summit to enjoy the views.
The Mount Mitchell Summit track is roughly 11km and is rated Class 4 which requires moderate fitness and ankle-supporting footwear. The track is distinct and well marked, so no map will not be required to complete. Be cautious of overgrown sections and exposed roots from trees along the trail. There is also low grass in some sections so keep an eye out for snakes! The terrain has sections of gorgeous eucalyptus and gum trees that break into lush sub-tropical Rainforest as you head toward the summit.
What to pack:
Sun protection, healthy snacks, a minimum of 1 litre of water, light jacket or rain jacket as the weather can change quickly and of course a camera to capture the beautiful views!
Plenty of wildlife and amazing variety of plants and trees. But the summit is the real star, offering some of the best views of the Scenic Rim. It's unique ridge-like aspect dotted with grass trees makes it memorable and a must for local and visiting explorers.
All photos by Rebecca Boots. Follow her on Instagram @offtrailboots_