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.
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
Cunningham's Gap, located on the Cunningham Highway not far from Aratula, is a pass over the Great Dividing Range between the Darling Downs and the Fassifern valley.
It is the major route over the Scenic Rim, being built to provide road transport between the two regions.
It is situated in Main Range National Park, between the peaks of Mount Cordeaux and Mount Mitchell. On a clear day, the views of the Mountains are fantastic!
Or......If you are well up the Mountain, then there are great views of the valley.
The road is steep, and Semi Trailers use this route a lot.
They have to go very slow up and down the Mountain, so you may come across them very quickly, as they travel at "Snails Pace." Just be aware of this.
There has been many fatal accidents on this stretch of mountainous road, and Truck drivers that rely on their brakes too much, often lose them, and have to run up the provided "safety ramp"
In 1827, Allan Cunningham set out from the upper Hunter River, to explore west of the Dividing Range, discovering the Darling Downs; returning in 1828 from Brisbane to discover Cunninghams Gap.
Also, on the Aratula side of 'the Gap," listen for the "ding, ding," sound, this is made by the "Bell Birds" that live in the rainforest.
On the Warwick side of "the gap" you will find yourself travelling through nice Rainforest, and there are many walks that you can do here. There is a parking area, which includes picnic tables.
Cunningham's Gap, Has some camp sites which you can book through the Ranger
Ph: (07) 4666 1133.
If you are at Boonah, and want a nice trip to Warwick and back, maybe some walks in the Rainforest, then head up the "Gap!"
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!
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.