Starting from the car park on Cunningham Highway(National Highway 15), Tregony, this walk takes you to the Mount Cordeaux Lookout and back, visiting the Allan Cunningham Memorial along the way. Seconds away from the start you’ll come across Alan Cunningham Memorial, put up in the hundredth year of his exploration of the Darling Downs. The renowned English botanist and explorer collected many plants in Australia in the early 1800s. As you’re climbing up through the subtropical eucalypt rainforest, observe the interchanging flora and environment while listening to the tunes of lyrebirds. Mount Cordeaux will welcome you with spectacular views to the east, over the Tarome countryside and beyond. You can bring your kids and enjoy a meal whilst taking in the scenery, as the gradient is not too punishing. Remember to check the forecast beforehand to make sure you’re not there on a foggy day. The lookout can be windy, so wear layers of clothing to stay warm. Come early on a weekend to avoid crowds. A weekday may be quieter, but that means you’ll need to deal with the noise coming from trucks air braking down the road. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to New England Highway then drive for 110 m
Turn left onto Cunningham Highway, A15 and drive for another 34.7 km
Turn left and drive for another 75 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park on Cunningham Highway(90 metres west of Allan Cunningham Memorial), head towards the informative signpost with a roof on top, moving parallel to the road. Pass through the bollard and join the formed walking track as you pass by the said signpost to your left. Pass by the blue “HELP PHONE” signpost to your right and follow the track gently uphill. Stay on the walking track as it passes by the Alan Cunningham Memorial to the right to continue along the Mount Cordeaux Track.....
Directions & comments
There is a toilet (about 90 m back from the start).
After another 780 m turn left.
After another 2.5 km turn sharp left, to head along Mount Cordeaux Track.
After another 15 m come to the viewpoint (8 m on your left).
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Mount Cordeaux Track & Bare Rock Track) turn sharp right, to head along Mount Cordeaux Track.
(Mount Cordeaux Lookout) Continue another 65 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.3 km to get back to the start.
"Mount Cordeaux Lookout".
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
3 h 45 min to 5 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)