Hiking Mount Greville
- Name: Mount Greville
- Location:Scenic Rim, QLD, 100km south west of Brisbane
- Summit elevation: 720m
- Elevation change:
- Round-trip distance from trailhead*:
- Round-trip time from trailhead**:
- Difficulty: Very Hard but Medium if stay on trail
- Water on trail: No
- Trailhead facilities:Free parking
- Date: 17th July 2016
- Team: Jarryd & Rhys
Mount Greville is a very nice and quiet trek only 6km return. This walk was only moderately difficult when the trail was followed.
The local Uragapul people call this mountain, Meebatboogan, meaning place where the eagles rest. In 1828, the mountain was named after the Scottish botanist Robert Kaye Greville by the European explorer Allan Cunningham thanks Wikipedia.
GETTING TO MOUNT BARNEY
- Trailhead parking: Yes
- Trailhead coordinates: Start at Carpark
- Summit coordinates: -28.071892°, 152.500219°
From Aratula drive towards Cunningham’s Gap and turn off at the Spicers Gap Rd. Follow this road for about 8 km( it does become dirt for a while) then turn into Mt Greville Rd find the start after about 800m driving or so along Mt Greville Rd.
From carpark off Spicers Gap Rd walk through the gate walk uphill to the sign posts about 400m,
There are three alternatives Waterfall Gorge, South East Ridge and Palm Gorge. Today we chose to walk up the SE Ridge and comes down Palm Gorge, however i think we decened down Waterfall Gorge
Follow the rough track up SE ridge lots of scree at the bottom and a few cairns on the way up. There are some rocky slabs to scramble on and through and if you lose the rough trail then keep heading up through the grass trees.
Eventually you will come to a second wide rocky slab with great views of the southern Fassifern valley and the southern Mountains of the Main Range, Mt Ballow, Mt Barney, Mt Edwards, Mt Moon, Mt Maroon and Moogerah Dam.
There is a lower rocky slab with the same view. Keep tracking up to the left through the Grass Trees till you enter forest again near another cairn note a well traveled footpath that descends into Palm Gorge, Keep following the trail up hill to the summit.
On the Descent look for a rough trail that heads up hill about 10 min from the summit. it leads to the head of a steep rocky Gorge that has a stunning view of Spicers Peak framed in its middle. About 10 min again from here locate the cairn and footpad that descends into Palm Gorge. Just keep following this down and take your time. There are loose rocks and slippery palm fronds on the ground but is well worth it.
Follow the rough footpad all the way back to the signposts and turn downhill to the carpark. These were the trail notes that we followed, however on the decent we went down what we thought was Palm Gorge but i learnt later that we had descended to the left and that was Waterfall Gorge.
Nearing the end of the gorge we had to scramble down 2 mini waterfalls and 1 very large sketchy decent down the last waterfall easily a 10m fall, so be careful. Because of the thick fallen palms and trees we could not locate the trail back to beginning so we followed our Topographical maps and GPS heading and made it back to the car park by just following the creek bed from Waterfall Gorge. The last 250m was a dash through thick Lantana Bush to the original firetrail and onto the carpark.
Summit of Mt Greville in the background, while this was a very enjoyable walk the view from the summit was restricted due to the trees, i think the views from this vantage point on the exposed rock to be the best.
Don’t always trust what you read on other websites and be ready for an adventure, take plenty of water and other supplies you never know where you might end up. I always bring my phone with spare battery so i can keep referring to offline topo map with GPS headings. This Hike only took approximately 4hrs, could have been much faster if we stuck to the SE Ridge but hey we dont follow the rules.