18 Jun A Climb You Won’t Forget
The prominent and distinctive peak of Mount Larcom is visible to the north-west from most points in Gladstone, with the summit rising an impressive 632m above sea level. Mt Larcom is of volcanic origin and is covered by beautiful eucalypt forest and stunning grass trees.
The rugged landmark provides a medium to the difficult ascent of two hours or more, subject to the hiker’s fitness, with a total competition time of approximately 4-5 hours.
Once you reach the top, you won’t forget the breathtaking 360-degree view of the Gladstone area, rural lands and the harbour. If you’re lucky enough to climb on a clear day, you might be able to see reef islands to the east and Rockhampton to the north.
The hike can be quite challenging to the inexperience, so it is highly recommended to climb in the colder months, with an early start to capture the best views. Preparation is key, be sure to bring plenty of water and possibly a snack to enjoy at the top.
The track is marked out by blue paint which is dotted frequently along rocks and other landmarks, so be sure to allow enough time in the afternoon to descend. The walk and climb can be steep in places and is recommended for children ages 8 and above. It is also advisable to check the local weather conditions on the day as the peak might be shrouded in clouds.