Governors Chair lookout track, Main Range National Park

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Perched high on the edge of a cliff face, this large rock was reportedly a popular resting spot for early Queensland governors when their journeys took them through Spicers Gap. Originally known as Governors Rock, the name changed to Governors Chair in 1854 in honour of Sir Charles Fitzroy—the then Governor-General of the Australian colony.

The resting spot was also a favourite destination for Queensland's first governor, Sir George Bowen, who would visit here from Brisbane town to feast his eyes upon the 'incomparable panorama'.

Other notable visitors include Lord Lamington and Aldous Huxley's grandfather.
This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, famed for its ongoing geological processes, evolutionary history, and diversity (especially of rare, threatened and endemic species).

Image credit: © Gareth McGuigan

Journey Details

Duration
0.25 Hours
Distance
0.3 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching

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Governors Chair lookout track, Main Range National Park

Perched high on the edge of a cliff face, this large rock was reportedly a popular resting spot for early Queensland governors when their journeys took them through Spicers Gap. Originally known as Governors Rock, the name changed to Governors Chair in 1854 in honour of Sir Charles Fitzroy—the then Governor-General of the Australian colony.

The resting spot was also a favourite destination for Queensland's first governor, Sir George Bowen, who would visit here from Brisbane town to feast his eyes upon the 'incomparable panorama'.

Other notable visitors include Lord Lamington and Aldous Huxley's grandfather.

This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. The map only shows an indicative start point; the track route and end point are not shown, and the map cannot be used for navigation purposes. See www.npsr.qld.gov.au for detailed maps and the latest park information. When you are in the park, read the signs at and near the start of the track.

Image credit: © Gareth McGuigan

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Distance 0.3 kms
Route Type Return
Level of Difficulty Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience

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