Mount French is a volcanic peak near the township of Boonah. There are two walking tracks at Mount French, with the easiest being a wheelchair friendly class 1 track.
The North cliff track is 700m return, leading to Logans Lookout. The walk is easy with bitumen laid for the entire walk, making it accessible for wheelchairs. The views are spectacular, looking over the Fassifern Valley, and the dividing range in the background.
The other walk, called Mee-bor-rum circuit, is an easy walk but is not as wheelchair friendly. The northern part of the circuit is more accessible and with assistance wheelchairs may go this way and return the same way instead of going around the full circuit.
It leads to the eastern side for My French, looking towards Tamborine, Lamington, and Mount Barney. Unlike Logans Lookout, there are no handrails, so care is needed near the edges of the cliff, especially if you have children with you.
The lower part of the circuit goes through heathland and exposed rock ground. Part way along a view opens up with a stone platform built with a seat to take in and admire the views. The walk is about 850m return walking the full circuit.
At the parking area, there are some facilities, with toilets, tables, water on tap, and wood BBQs. I didn’t notice wood supplied, so you should take some with you if you want to use these BBQs. There are no bins, so what you take in you need to take out with you.
There are two camping sites, with National Parks permits required. The sites are small with no facilities, but they are close to the day use area with the facilities.
To get there:
From Boonah, head south along Boonah Rathdowney Rd, and turn right into Mount French Rd, where the brown sign to Mt. French National Park is. Mount French Rd takes you all the way to the parking area on Mount French. The road has a dogleg at 2.9km, turn to the left, then to the right after 800m. The rest of the way is fairly straightforward. Note the road up to Mt French becomes very steep. I was towing a camper trailer and had to go into a low gear going up the hill. Parking doesn’t really cater for trailers or long vehicles (camper or van can be used at the campsites) but was OK when we were there as it was not a busy day.
Cost: Free for day use, Camping Queensland Park and Forest Fees
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
BBQ: Yes, wood