Mount Superbus

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Mount Superbus
Mount Superbus is located in Queensland
Mount Superbus
Mount Superbus
Highest point
Elevation1,375 m (4,511 ft)
Coordinates28°12′59″S 152°27′59″E / 28.21639°S 152.46639°E / -28.21639; 152.46639Coordinates: 28°12′59″S 152°27′59″E / 28.21639°S 152.46639°E / -28.21639; 152.46639
Geography
LocationQueensland, Australia
Parent rangeMain Range
Geology
Mountain typeVolcanic plug

Mount Superbus lies 150 kilometres (93 miles) south-west of Brisbane, Australia and is South East Queensland's highest peak at 1,375 metres (4,511 feet).[1] At this elevation it is the fifth-highest peak in Queensland, after Mount Bartle Frere at 1,622 m, Mount Bellenden Ker at 1,593 m, Mount Fisher at 1,385 m and Mount Carbine Tableland at 1,383 m, all in Far North Queensland.

It has an extensive logging history dating back to the mid-19th century. Mount Superbus was originally covered in dense hoop pine forests. Red cedar and other valuable timbers were also heavily logged in the area. It is now part of the Main Range National Park.

The peak is a remnant of the Main Range shield volcano which erupted between 25 and 22 million years ago.[2]

On the southern most peak just below the summit lies the wreck of a RAAF Lincoln bomber.[3] It crashed into the mountain in the early hours of Easter Saturday morning on 9 April 1955, during a medical evacuation of a sick baby from Townsville to Eagle Farm airfield in Brisbane.[3] The crew of four RAAF personnel and the two passengers were all killed in this tragic accident.[3] Most of the wreckage still lies near the summit and is a popular day walk for bushwalkers.

The Condamine River rises from a spring located on the western slopes of Mount Superbus. Teviot Brook, a major tributary of the Logan River, has its headwaters on the eastern facing slopes of the mountain.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Main Range, Goomburra, Queen Mary Falls". The State of Queensland (Environmental Protection Agency). Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  2. ^ Neville Stevens and Warwick Willmott. "The Main Range" (PDF). Rocks and Landscape Notes. Geological Society of Australia. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  3. ^ a b c Finley, Peter. "Mercy Flight to Disaster - Lincoln A73-64" (PDF). www.adf-serials.com. Retrieved 16 May 2013.