Have a peak at these hikes

Moun­tain climb­ing at it’s best

The Cairns Post - - LIFESTYLE - DANIEL BATE­MAN

THERE is per­haps no greater achieve­ment for a hiker than walk­ing for sev­eral hours and stand­ing on the sum­mit of a moun­tain.

In Far North Queens­land, there is no short­age of moun­tain­ous ter­rain to con­quer, each af­ford­ing you an epic ad­ven­ture.

Just make sure you have proper equip­ment, in­clud­ing plenty of wa­ter and food and other emer­gency sup­plies like a first aid kit and torch, if you are tack­ling some of the more chal­leng­ing hikes.

Check out some moun­tain trails to tackle, be­low:

MT TYSON

This steep, ad­ven­tur­ous 6km re­turn hike (4-5 hours) to the sum­mit of Mt Tyson of­fers panoramic views of Tully town­ship, the re­gion’s cane and ba­nana fields, the coast­line and is­lands.

The track takes walk­ers though rain­for­est and eu­ca­lyp­tus scrub, and you may catch a glimpse of a cassowary or two.

Walk­ers are ad­vised to reg­is­ter their walk plans at the But­ler Street su­per­mar­ket.

MT BARTLE FRERE

Stand­ing at 1611m, this is Queens­land’s high­est moun­tain, there­fore the 15km re­turn trail is only rec­om­mended for very fit, ex­pe­ri­enced and well­pre­pared hik­ers. Walk­ers are ad­vised to camp overnight. You will dis­cover unique veg­e­ta­tion and wildlife on the way to the sum­mit, such as the Bartle Frere skink which was only dis­cov­ered in 1981. On a clear day, you can en­joy stun­ning views stretch­ing from the coast to the Table­lands.

MT BALDY

At 8.4km re­turn (about 2.5 hours), the walk to the 1109m sum­mit of this Table­lands moun­tain is con­sid­ered stren­u­ous, but well worth the trip. Lo­cated within 2km of Ather­ton’s town cen­tre, Mt Baldy of­fers great views of the Table­lands and Lake Ti­na­roo. There is also good bird­watch­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. And bet­ter still, this is one of the few moun­tain hikes you can ac­tu­ally do with a dog — as long as your pet is on leash. Don’t for­get to sign the guest book at the sum­mit.

MT SORROW

Mt Sorrow may have an off­putting name for some hik­ers, but you will only find hap­pi­ness once you reach the sum­mit of this Dain­tree Rain­for­est peak af­ter do­ing this 7km re­turn (six hours) hike. The Mt Sorrow ridge trail takes bush­walk­ers through rain­forest­clad slopes, where you are af­forded spec­tac­u­lar views of Cape Tribu­la­tion, Snap­per Is­land, and even in­di­vid­ual co­ral reefs out at sea, from an el­e­va­tion of 680m.

MT COOK

At 6km re­turn (four hours), this moun­tain near Cook­town is rated as dif­fi­cult for vet­eran hik­ers. The cir­cuit trail leads to a van­tage point with views over the Great Bar­rier Reef to the east and the En­deav­our Val­ley to the west. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The na­tional park is also home to scrub pythons, north­ern quolls, and buff-breasted par­adise king­fish­ers.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

CON­QUER: James Altaffer and Michael Over­land from Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vices tak­ing in the view of Ather­ton from the top of Mt Baldy.

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