Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Stunning Scenery; Bushwalkers Enjoy Splendid Outing

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Stunning Scenery; Bushwalkers Enjoy Splendid Outing

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Byline: JULIAN LUKE

WELCOME to the second instalment of my adventures throughout the Southern Downs.

Last Sunday I went on a 12km bushwalk to Mt Matheson and surrounding areas, led by Trek Right owners Keith and Julie Johnson.

Mt Matheson is a small peak about 50 minutes drive from Warwick, near Cunningham's Gap and while 12km may sound far, it only took half a day to complete.

Keith said the walk was categorised as easy because it did not have much elevation, was taken at a relaxed pace and had good track condition.

The day began at 6am, when I leapt out of bed at the sound of both of my alarms going off and promptly assembled my newly-bought hiking gear.

I then had breakfast and a shower before dressing, sorting out my lunch and finally tying on my new hiking boots before setting off to Cunningham's Gap.

Here I was met by Julie, Keith and three other bushwalkers - John Creed, Kay McDonald and Jenny Loy.

We pooled into two cars and set off for Spicers Gap Road, near Aratula, which we drove along for about 12km to the Pioneer picnic ground where we left our cars.

Keith said Spicers Gap Road, built in the late 1800s, was the only access from Brisbane to Warwick and was used frequently by bullockies transporting logs from the forests.

We loaded up our packs, splashed on sunscreen and started trudging through the forest which, at this stage, was open and filled with giant eucalyptus and blackened grass trees.

At first the going was bliss - a slight incline, perfect temperature and glimpses of phenomenal views through the breathtakingly tall trees.

Then the sun turned up the heat. Suddenly I was drenched in sweat, had laboured breathing and painfully tight calf muscles and was unsure if I could make the peak of the mountain, let alone the 10km to the end of the track.

As if some unseen power had turned on an air conditioner, we entered lush rainforest as we went from one side of a ridge to the other and it felt as if the temperature dropped 10 degrees within a couple of minutes. …

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