Aratula Things to Do
In 1827, Allan Cunningham set out from the upper Hunter River to explore west of the Great Dividing Range. He discovered the Darling Downs, then when returning in 1828 from Brisbane, he discovered Cunninghams Gap.
Cunningham's Gap is located not far from Aratula and is located on the Cunningham Highway in Main Range National Park.
Cunninghams Gap or "The Gap" as it is locally known by, passes between the peaks of Mount Cordeaux and Mount Mitchell.
It is the major route over the Scenic Rim, being built to provide road transport between the two regions.
The highway itself is a scenic drive although steep with an 8 degree grade on the descent. The driver doesn't have a chance to see much, as he/she should be concentrating on the road, but for the passenger, the views are fabulous! On a clear day, you can see for miles and miles. A cloudy day gives a little mystery to the mountains. Listen for the "ding - ding" of the Bell Birds, one of the few places near Brisbane where you hear them.
On the Warwick side of "the Gap," you will find yourself travelling through nice Rainforest. If you stop, you will find some picnic tables and walks to do from here.
Cunningham's Gap, Has some camp sites which you can book through the Ranger
Ph: (07) 4666 1133.
BE AWARE - Semi-trailers travel at "Snails Pace" up and down the mountain and that you come across them very quickly when travelling by car.
There has been many fatal accidents on this stretch of mountainous road.
UPDATE 2014 - The road has been widened and straightened, making it much safer for everyone travelling this stretch of road.
Stick to the speed limit as Police patrol this stretch of road regularly to catch speedsters.Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Road Trip
Spicers Gap is believed to be a traditional pathway for Indigenous Australian traders travelling between the inland and the coast
Lying approx 100 km west of Brisbane, it was the original route over the Great Dividing Range in the area around Brisbane. Today it is included in Main Range National Park and is a popular destination for campers and bushwalkers. To the south of the gap is Spicers Peak.
Governors Chair, is the large rock on the edge of the cliff face, believed to be a popular resting spot for early governors of Queensland when their journeys took them through Spicers Gap.
Lord Kerr, Lord Scott, Sir Charles Fitzroy and Sir George Bowen all sat on the rock in the early 1850s.
At the top, there is a parking lot, and signs telling you about the area. The dirt track takes you to the lookout, about 15mins to walk, or 300metres to the rock and the cliff edge, BE CAREFUL!
You may run into a large Goanna sunning itself on the trail. The view is for miles and miles over the Fassifern Valley and overlooking Lake Moogerah and 8 Mountain peaks.
The road to the lookout is dirt, and usually in fair condition, good enough for a 2WD car, but the last time we went, it was in terrible condition. Once moving, you have to keep going as there is nowhere to turn around. Probably, a 4WD would be best. You need a Car or to be on a tour to reach here.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
Aratula Traders are located just around the corner in the side street by the Bakery.
If you like looking at Anitiques and Collectables, I do!....then just wander around in here and have a look.
There are all sorts of collectables, old Harness gear and Horse drawn implements, Crockery, Antique furniture, old tools, Lamps, Clocks, enamel ware, Coloured glass, Toys and Bric a Brac and new shapes of Animals made out of corrugated iron, you put these in the garden.
Location....Behind the Aratula Fruit Market
This Bakery is located at Aratula.
If you are driving the main road from Brisbane, or following Highway 90 from Boonah, and heading towards the town of Warwick, you will come across Aratula.
It is a major stopping point, mainly for the Toilet stop, and for the Bakery, which is extremely popular. It does a roaring trade, as the Pastries are good, the choice is good, and there is outdoor tables and chairs to sit in the sun on a Winters day.
I can vouch for the food, have stopping here many times on our onward journey.
ps. Cheap Fruit & Vegee's next door!Related to:
- Road Trip
- Food and Dining
Aratula Warnings and Dangers
The Aratula Fruit Barn stop...Queensland (on the way to Warwick)
The Cunningham Highway is extremely busy...cars...transport trucks hurtle by full speed ahead so please mind your self when crossing the road. The road is quite wide and you need to be sure you can make the full distance. You do not want to be caught half way across.Related to:
- Road Trip