Waking on Saturday morning we decided that the cooler temperature and sunny intervals were ideal weather for an adventurous day out. I made some quick checks online, picked up my trail backpack and put on my walking shoes. We were on our way to Moogerah Dam.
It’s less than an hour’s drive from where we are staying with family in Brassall, Ipswich. You can very quickly forget you’re still in Queensland with so much natural beauty in view as you drive. Following signs to Lake Moogerah couldn’t be easier.
The Mount Edwards walk we were heading for departed from just the other side of the dam wall at the Fred Haigh Park. You begin following some concrete steps before it turns into a trail of dirt and rocks. The trail can become steep in some parts and I admit I found the walk a little challenging at times but this is part of the fun. I wouldn’t find it nearly as rewarding if it were easy.
After around 90 minutes of walking and a very heavy downpour of rain, we reached the summit of Mount Edwards. While I was still wearing the evidence of the downpour the sky above us had begun to clear, making way for a breathtaking view upon our arrival. Cue the photo opportunity.
We remained at the summit with the view for a short while, treating ourselves to the peanut butter sandwiches I had sneaked into my backpack before setting off. It was a peaceful and serene moment interrupted only by the buzz of the boats on the lake. After some time taking it all in it was time to make our descent. The path up and the path down are the same, roughly 3kms each way.
Although it was school summer holidays and a weekend it was so incredibly quiet. We laughed as we remembered our visits to lakes around Europe in the summer time. There wasn’t an umbrella vendor in sight.
Overall an excellent walk right on our doorstep in South East Queensland. Finishing the walk with a picnic blanket and view across the lake was utterly blissful. If you’re ever in the area be sure to stop by.
- Mount Edwards stands at a height of 634m.
- The trail takes roughly 3 hours round trip, including a break.
- This is a Class 5 walk by Australian standards recommended for experienced walkers and those with a reasonable level of fitness.
- Some paths come close to the cliff edge so take care.
- Take care during wet weather as the rocks can become quite slippery.
- The access gate is open only from 6 am to 6 pm daily. Starting the walk in the late afternoon isn’t recommended.
- Take water for the walk and wear sunscreen. Trees offer limited shade.
- SEQ Water – Moogerah Dam
- SEQ Water Moogerah Dam Recreation Guide (PDF)
- Moogerah Peaks National Park – NPSR
- Weekend Notes