The prominent and distinctive peak of Mount Larcom is visible to the north-west from most points in Gladstone, with its summit is 632 metres above sea level.
Matthew Flinders noted it when he explored Port Curtis, naming it after Captain Larcom under whom he had served. Because of its profile, it is often call "The Lion Mountain", resembling a lion and lioness facing each other, or "The Sleeping Giant"..... more
The prominent landmark provides a good ascent of two hours or so. The reward is a 360-degree view of the Gladstone area, rural lands and the harbour. On a clear day, you will see reef islands to the east and Rockhampton northwards. Mt Larcom is of volcanic origin, and your walk takes you through light eucalypt forest and grass trees.
It is a challenging walk, and best climbed in the cooler months, with an early start to capture the best views. The walk and climb is steep in places and is not recommended for younger children. There are no toilet facilities.
It is advisable to check the local weather condition on the day of your climb as the peak can be shrouded in cloud.... less
This walking track is not recommended for children
Subject to fitness, you should allow about 5 hours - two for the climb, one at the top, and two for decent.
Ensure you commence the climb well before dark.
Preparation is key: ensure that you have sturdy walking shoes, plenty of water and food, hat, sunscreen, and first aid kit.
How To Get There
For a detailed map and information on the Mount Larcom climb, please contact the Gladstone Visitor Information Centre, or download the brochure from the web site.
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