It’s been a crazy few months of couch hopping, visa stressing, and moving, but I just finished my first month in Brisbane! It’s a great city, but have been so busy looking for apartments, figuring out my job, and attempting to have a social life. One thing I really missed while living in Asia was hiking, so as soon as I arrived in Australia I made sure to find some hiking groups and get my butt outside.
Today, me and some lovely ladies made the trek to Cunningham’s Gap along the Great Dividing Range and did a nice half day hike to Mount Cordeaux and Bare Rock. It was freeeeeezing cold (yes, there was actually a frost last night) and my household goods shipment hasn’t come in yet so I wore every layer of clothing currently in my closet to stay warm.
The hike was a moderate uphill the entire way and to stay warm we took it at a pretty fast pace. The first overlook at Mount Cordeaux was beautiful and we were able to see along the southern ridge line of the divide. It was also crystal clear so you could see all the way out east to the Brisbane skyline.
The second overlook was as Bare Rock, which isn’t really a high peak, but definitely a great halfway point for a snack and gives amazing views of the range to the north. From there you could see a few other summits along the range that make up a great sounding multi-day hike. It was starting to get warm so we didn’t get as amazing views with the haze, but still was really stunning. You can see in the pictures that there is a wavy cliff wall that’s kind of similar to the Napali Coast on Kauai.
On the way back down we finally warmed up and made great time. It was only a 7.75 mile hike and took us around 3.5 hours including snack breaks. It’s an easy morning hike but I’d recommend getting there early because the parking lot was filled up and people were parked all along the highway when we got to the bottom. Totally worth it, and an easy drive from Brisbane!