Located about 100 kilometres south west of Brisbane, Australia, the Cunningham Highway climbs up the steep escarpment of the Great Dividing Range through a place called Cunningham’s Gap. This part of the range is home to some pristine rain forest and eucalypt forests that are all protected in Main Range National Park. The area has some excellent hiking trails to experience this beautiful area, and being so close to Brisbane, I often go to Main Range National Park for day hikes. You can book a hotel in Brisbane with Expedia when you are visiting Australia and go for day hikes like me.
I took this photo under the jungle canopy in the beautiful rain forest located on Mount Mitchell, which is accessed from Cunningham’s Gap. The trail to the summit of Mount Mitchell is a fairly easy and gradual 5km climb, and it mostly passes through rain forest on the way to the rocky summit. I have always felt at peace when I’m in the forest, and there is something almost prehistoric about the huge tree roots and twisting vines that inhabit it.
After hiking through the jungle on Mount Mitchell, I was rewarded with some spectacular views from the summit, which looks out over the farmlands of the Fassifern Valley to the east, and the Darling Downs to the west.