Camping at Mt French (Boonah)

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Werewolf heaven!

There is lots to do in the Boonah area. There is Lake Moogerah to wake board on; a bunch of mountains to climb, cliffs to scale and trails to tread.
My choice of accommodation when exploring the Boonah area is the camp ground at Mt French, part of the Moogerah Peaks National Park. It is a Qld parks and wildlife site so you need to book online before you arrive. You can print out a permit and put it in a plastic bag and hang it off your tent, or you can write the permit number on one of the tags supplied at the campsite. The Mt French site is great because it is actually a bit of a walk from the car park, so with no cars in the campsite you feel like you are really deep in the bush. This is a two edged sword though because on the one hand you get the peaceful feeling while on the other walking back and forth with all your gear is a bit of a chore!. Just letting you know. There are wood fired BBQ’s at the site which are great for some old style smoky bbq flavoured cooking. A caveat though, sometimes there is wood supplied and sometimes not so I always keep a load in the car. You can buy a big bag of wood for $10 from a little old fashioned service station back in Boonah and this wood seriously burns for hours and hours. You do need some serious kindling though to get this stuff started. To buy the wood turn into Church St off the main road in Boonah, go through the roundabout and the servo is on the right hand side.
To get to the camp ground simply drive a km or so out of Boonah (towards Rathdowney) and you will see signs almost straight away for the Mt French national park. This is a very nice 10 minute drive that takes you out to the national park and campsite.

Once you have arrived, there is a great lookout only a 350m walk from the car park and it’s the perfect place to perch and watch the sunset. For an even better vantage I normally skirt the cliff to the left of the lookout – there is actually a discrete dirt track that leads to this vantage point but there are no railings and it is a sheer cliff so you didn’t hear it from me!

Sunset reflecting off some bushfire smoke

Sunset reflecting off some bushfire smoke

There is also a great circuit of the top of the mountain (Mee-bor-rum circuit) that can done in under half an hour.

If you like rock climbing this is THE place. Frogs buttress is a short walk from the campsite and it is heaven for rock climbers. Every weekend you will find crews scaling their way up the sheer formations.

Mt French is a great base and there are a number of peaks within a half hour drive and you are even not too far from Cunninghams gap which has a whole other raft of hiking options.

All in all Mt French is a great place to camp and explore the greater Boonah area. Enjoy!

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