Governors Chair Lookout is perched at the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range looking over the Fassifern Valley.
Across the valley, various mountain peaks can be seen. Mt Walker, Mt Edwards, Mt French , Mt Greville, Mt Alford, Mt Moon, Mt Maroon, and Mt Toowoona are all visible on the horizon. Lake Moogerah can be seen between the mountains.
Located in the Spicers Gap section of the Main Range National Park, Governors Chair Lookout is a 150m walking trail. The trail being short makes it fairly easy but it is uphill with steps most of the way.
Governors Chair is a large rock on the edge of the cliff face. The walk leads directly to the cliff, so care is needed especially if you have children with you. There are no safety barriers stopping you from reaching the edge.
Governors Chair was originally known as Governor’s Rock, named after Governor-General Sir Charles Fitzroy in 1854. Governor Sir George Bowen, Queensland’s first governor, also regularly visited the spot. It is said he journeyed all the way from Brisbane Town to feast his eyes on the ‘incomparable panorama’.
To get there:
Heading south on Cunningham Hwy 4.2kms after Aratula turn left into Lake Moogerah Rd. Follow Lake Moogerah Rd for 5.8km and turn right into Spicers Gap Rd at the brown sign for Governors Chair Lookout. Follow Spicers Gap Rd for 2.8km where a brown sign for Spicers Gap will be seen. Continue straight ahead with the road becoming gravel, and shortly starts to steepen and become windy. Keep following the road for 3.9km to reach the Spicers Gap camping area. Continue straight ahead for another 2.1km to reach the parking area for Governors Chair Lookout, which is also the start of the Heritage Trail. The road is accessible by 2wd but can be slippery in the wet. The road after the camping area may be closed in wet weather or other situations and may not be suitable for 2wd in wet weather.
Wheelchair accessible: No