At 632 m Mt Edwards is the conical-shaped peak rising beside the Cunningham Highway close to Aratula. The national park was gazetted in 1966. It encompasses Mt Edwards, Little Mt Edwards, part of Reynolds Creek as well as a very nice gorge with pine trees on one side. After crossing the dam wall, sign says 3 km to the summit, but it is the elevation gain that gets the heart pumping. You start at about 150 m elevation and summit is 634 m, so almost 500 m rise. The hike up can be divided into three parts. First part is gradual rise to a rocky slab with good views of Little Mt Edwards and the gorge between them containing Reynolds Creek. Second section is steep with loose rocks so care is needed. Final part to the summit is gradual rise again for about 600 m. A bit of exploration can be done to the right and left when you reach the top.

No Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Get to Aratula then signage to Lake Moogerah on the left



Route/Trail notes

walk across the dam wall and then you come to the beginning of the track. It is well marked and rocky all the way up. From the Gorge Lookout there great views of Little Mt Edwards. Be careful at cliff edges. Once at the top there is a survey marker. As well as different lookouts offering many vantage points.


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p244 Take a Walk in South East QLD ISBN 9780957793170


Decent mountain, starts with a scenic walk around the dam then quickly gets into it. There is a rocky outlook about 1/3 of the way up with a nice view if you don't want to commit to the whole mountain. After that it has a fairly consistent gradient of climb, had to have a couple of breaks to catch our breath. And I can confirm you will want to bring water with you for this (by the time our group made it to the rocky lookout 2 people had finished their water, although one of those finished it before he got out of the car #rookiemove). Great view at the top, with heaps of room to have lunch if you so chose to. Takes close to 90 minutes to get up at a comfortable rate.

Vonsnrub on 31 Mar, 2018

This is a good one!

Michael Richards on 31 Mar, 2018

Very good walk with a beautiful view at the end and we'll with it. Track is a little over grown in some areas due to trees falling but easy enough to go around.

Robert on 13 Jan, 2018

First half to the lookout spot is easy enough. Second half to the summit is a challenge for more elderly walkers but worth while views at the top.
Agree with other walkers- take plenty of drinks.

Cheryl on 28 Nov, 2017

Good quick hike, the track gets steeper on the second half of the journey. About halfway has nice views from a rocky cliff section, but continue up for the great summit views over the valley :)
Remember to take enough water - I passed a guy on my way down who had run out of water just past the half way mark. I used my remaining water to fill up his 600ml bottle...
The sign says 3km to summit but it's the elevation that gets you sweating!

Cyn on 19 Nov, 2017

Did this walk on a quiet day, had the track to ourselves. Whilst I would say I am relatively fit for my age, it was quite a challenge and I take my hat off to all those who say they have taken younger kids up there. Nice views from the top but it would have been nice for more views of the lake. Still enjoyed the challenge though

ozsailor on 24 Oct, 2017

We did the walk today early in the morning, took us 49 min to the top and about the same time down hill. A nice and well track all the way except a bit rocky underfoot at mid section. Slight disappointment that we were unable to see the Lake from the summit. Overall enjoyed this short walk!

orienteer88 on 21 Sep, 2017

We did this walk today with my 4yr old and 11yr old, they both loved the walk and the youngest walked the whole way up and down by himself, will do this again.

motogp_champ on 19 Sep, 2017

Started at midday, not a good idea. Was very hot with little breeze and patchy shade.
Easy to follow track, fair amount of loose rocks, so good shoes are a must. It's a constant climb, so a moderate level of fitness is needed.
I recommend insect repellent; mosquito's, sandflies and god knows what else gave it a good go, even biting through my shirt once I'd lathered on some deet.
Shared the track with a monitor lizard for a while, which was amazing.
Took 1.5hrs up and 1hr down and if I'm honest, while it was a good walk, given how long it took, I'd rather do Mt Mitchell again.

TJ on 13 Aug, 2017

Found the steeper bits quite a challenge, definitely one done best in the early morning. Great views at the top.

luvwalking on 15 Jul, 2017

The start of this hike is at the picturesque Fred Haigh Park at Lake Moogerah 🏞
This park has bbq's, shaded picnic areas, toilets as well as a lovely little cafe.
To get to the start of this hike you need to walk over the dam wall🏞 Please take note that the dam wall access is only permited 6am - 6pm ⏰

It took me about 1.5hrs to reach the summit and I actually found it more challenging than Mt Cordeaux/Bare Rock. I am on the tail end of the flu and laryngitis though, so my health and fitness aren't much to go on at the moment 😕

The hike is only about 3km but from the halfway point it is pretty much all up hill. From this halfway point you will see Little Mt Edwards straight across and straight up is the summit of Mt Edwards ⛰

When you reach the summit the view and the feeling of gratitude and love is a moment where no words are needed because you just relish being in the Now 🙏

There are plenty of places to find in the shade to just be and feel love 💖
This is a great hike that I would say a moderate level of fitness is needed. The track is very visible all the way up. I would definitely recommend doing this one early in the morning 🌄 and in our cooler months ❄ There is a lot of scrub 🌳🌾 that covers this mountain and I can only imagine how hot and steamy it would get in sumer time 🏜

It only took me about 45min to get back down.

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Mel on 8 Jul, 2017

The view at the top is worth it. Not a difficult walk but it will get the heart pumping. About 2 hours total walking time. The lake beside the hill is stunning.

Marc Brownlie on 2 Jul, 2017

awesome walk...good workout..a couple of cliff edges but nothing too dangerous if you stick to the path ,sign marks the start of the cliffs. can be done with kids but under supervision at all times..a few trees across the path but nothing you cant climb out for your eyes as heaps of thorns and leaves at eye level...

Ashwin on 17 Jun, 2017

Awesome views from the summit. Would recommend this hike for an early morning.

Lynx on 6 May, 2017

Nice 3 hr return walk on a busy trail.

Wig on 1 May, 2017

Nice early hike on good friday, perfect cool conditions for the steeper bits

J on 15 Apr, 2017

The view was stunning from the summit. Pretty easy walk but it did get a little tougher from the middle up, rocky and can get slippery when raining. Entrance from Lake Moogerah Haigh Park's dam bridge, open 5.30am to 5.30pm (some days to 6.30pm). Will climb again. Took us 2 hours return with about 30minutes spent on the summit. Highly recommended.

Tiffanie on 14 Apr, 2017

Great hike. We did it in the late afternoon (would recommend early morning) and managed to complete it in a little under 3 hours. I did this hike with my 3 kids, aged 6,7 and 9 years old. Some parts were a bit challenging for little legs, with some steep sections climbing up loose rocks, a few fallen trees to go under and or over and some cliff edges to be mindful of about halfway up/down. At top the views were stunning! Although the kids were exhausted, they all loved it!

cmccall84 on 12 Apr, 2017

Great walk. I think this can be "hard" for some people. Definitely a bit above medium for me. No scrambling, just uphill quite steep in some sections. Nice views at the top but just a small area. Good training walk. 1.5 hour to go up and a bit less to go down.

Philos on 4 Mar, 2017

Went up early this morning. A nice walk - not very hard at all. Great views from the top. Watch the edge. 1:04 up and 54mins back down.

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Juiced Pixels on 25 Feb, 2017


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