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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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Other References

p244 Take a Walk in South East QLD ISBN 9780957793170

GPS Tracks


It was far more challenging than I expected. Going up wasn't that bad, but coming down was. There are heaps of loose rocks that slide out from underneath you which wasn't great for my knees as they aren't 100% , it took us far longer to get down than up.

Melissa on 17 Oct, 2021

Took me two hours (unfit) to reach the peak, loads of breaks taken. From 2nd part onwards pretty much on an incline just gradually less steep. Clearing which looks down at the gorge is probably about 1/3 way. Definitely bring water. But the views were worth it!

Ben on 4 Jul, 2021

A little trickier than I was expecting (I'm not overly fit at the moment) but definitely a satisfying challenge. I did it on my own and found the track easy to follow. It took me an hour and 15 up and just under an hour down.
Beautiful view from the top :)

Renee on 6 Jun, 2021

I thought this was harder than medium, but I am not an experienced bushwalker. I took about 2 hours to get up :(

Tiffany on 3 Jun, 2021

It’s straight up. You need to pace yourself as it gets harder as you climb. Towards the end it flattens a bit. Track is well worn and is the only one so no chance of getting lost.

Hadi Nahvi on 1 May, 2021

Scenic Rim really earning its name today. Good family walk but still need to watch your footing with kids. Nicer walk than I expected from the comments.

David on 2 Apr, 2021

The hero moment was a young koala about 300m from the top and a swim on return.
The walk itself is exposed to mid morning /afternoon sun. Recommend an early morning start to beat the heat.

BrettG on 26 Jan, 2021

I’d rate this walk as hard! The inclines pretty steep and the track is fairly rocky, although easy to follow.

Mon86 on 2 Jan, 2021

Pretty rough track held together with tree roots and rocks, pretty steep too. But the view is fantastic.

Olwyn on 22 Nov, 2020

This was a very hard walk, relentless and steep. I consider myself fit but this had me puffing and stripping off (I was hurrying to make the top and back before close). Lovely view halfway up and again from the top, I would have liked to have stayed longer at sunset but had to make it down because they close the gates for some reason. :(

EmilyN on Nov, 2020

The dam on the way in is so daammm fine! After crossing it the walk starts. It took us 1 hr each way and there was no scrambling. There isn't much flat bits it's like walking up a very long hill. Not as steep as Mt Beerburrum though. The view at the top is impressive and would be great for sunrise and sunset except the dam gate closes at times that would prevent this I imagine. I won't do this one again but this side of the dam is a nice spot for a picnic.

Chesspeople on 11 Sep, 2020

continuous climbing until the summit. Unfortunately there was no falls now due to the dry season...but its a good exercise. We spotted a lizard and a spiny leaf insect.

Hui Xiao on 6 Sep, 2020

Great walk, the view is magnificent!! Bit of a challenging hike, which we loved

Simon Heather on 30 Aug, 2020

Beautiful scenery and despite the haze enjoyed the beautiful view. Lots of loose rocks and a very eroded goat track with uneven steps. A steady climb.

Caroline on 21 Aug, 2020

Nice hike with great views along the way. We took about an hour to reach the summit.

Hannah on 16 Aug, 2020

A challenging walk, especially for my wife who has short legs and found it a bit hard to climb some of the steps. But a fabulous view from the top - a great spot for a picnic lunch. Lots of turtles at the base of the dam wall. Near enough to 3 hrs walking time, with a half hour for lunch at the top.

Kaylene&Mal on 29 Jul, 2020

Nice hike! Bit intense with some steep inclines. Took me 1hr to to get to the top and that was a slow-ish steady pace with some short breaks in between. Beautiful views around a 1/4 of the walk when you climb over a rocky area, as well as at the top. I did it in my runners, but proper hiking shoes would be much better.

Kat on 21 Jul, 2020

Foggy day buy was a airy peacefulness 🥰

Jemma on 12 Jul, 2020

Easy walk with kids.

Leanne Loch on Jul, 2020

Fantastic views from the summit.
Track has many large/high steps and is covered in loose scree/cobbles.
3.5 hour return trip for our group today with many stops to catch our breath and/or admire the views.
Very enjoyable.

Mark on 26 Jun, 2020


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