Location: Peak Range National Park
Article: Written by Michael Pugh; Imagery by Michael Pugh
Mount Castor is the northernmost of the spectacular volcanic peaks that make up the Gemini Mountains, located 44 kilometres north east of Clermont along the Peak Downs Highway. Both of the Gemini Mountains are rounded plugs of rhyolite and visible from as far away as the town of Clermont.
Summiting Mount Castor is not for the faint hearted and should only be attempted by those with climbing experience.
Mount Castor is the perfect spot for a sunset or sunrise, with stunning views of the sister Gemini Mountain, Mount Pollux, to the south and Mount Commissioner (490m), Mount Saddleback (550m), Fletchers Awl (530m) and Mount Donald (770m) to the south east. Wolfang Peak (572m) is also a visible highlight to the south west.
This hike is best done in winter as temperatures during summer can exceed 40 degrees at the exposed summit and there is little shade available given the nature of the terrain.
How to get there
Access is via vehicle track from the Peak Downs Highway, 44 kilometres north east of Clermont. (-22.509, 147.866)